We are getting ready to head to the Oregon coast. I researched the Rogue River jet boats and had a number of questions. One jet boat company leaves out of Gold Beach and heads inland and the other company is in Grants Pass and they head towards the ocean. If anyone has done the jet boat experience, what are your recommendations on which boat to take, Gold Beach or Grants Pass? Both companies also offer different boat trips, not only in length but some also stops for lunch. I would appreciate also knowing what you thought was a good tour length and whether a lunch time stop was worth it? I read that the Gold Beach company stops and gives you a choice of 3 restaurants. If you have any positive/negative comments about the restaurants, I would like to hear them. Lastly, if you could tell me what campgrounds you stayed at in Gold Beach and/or Grants Pass and whether you would recommend them, I would appreciate that information too (In case someone wants to direct me to RV Campground Reviews, already done that). Again, thank you ahead of time for your responses.
There are two company's that go up the river from Gold Beach. Take the Original Mail Boat trips. http://www.mailboat.com/ Those are the most authentic and most fun. Trips from the Grants Pass don't go to the same places. Best place to camp is in Brookings at Harris Beach State Park. You will also find it is milder weather, most of the time, than Gold Beach. It's a beautiful place with plenty of sites from full hookups to primitive sites. Your choice.
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Grew up going to Gold Beach just about every month. Recommend the Mailboats. They are usually the first boat on the water. Therefore, you get to see the wildlife before they're scared off.
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Unless something has changed since I grew up in Medford....I did not think the jet boats from Grants Pass go to Gold Beach. Would be hard to get past Blossom Bar. I would stay in Gold Beach and do the boats upriver. Ireland's RV park or another number of them right there. Saves you at least 1/2 hour of driving time from Brooking to Gold Beach.
Done both. The Hellgate Jet boat trips that leave out of GrantsPass are way better IMO. We have done both the dinner and brunch excursions. The Mail boats that run from Gold Beach were just okay. The scenery out of GP is a lot more interesting than the trip from GB. If you have never done either then both will be fun. But having done both we will always do the GP trip 1st. Theres a really nice RV park http://www.moonmountainrv.com/in GP that we stayed at.
Hell-gate Jet boat excursions www.hellgate.com in Grants pass would be the one for a great fun and cooling ride. We've rode the boats several times. The dinner cruse at the OK Coral, is the best one IMHO. It runs from Grants Pass to Hellgate canyon and back. There are several Josephine county parks to camp and one state park right off I-5. A must see and do. Haven't done the Jet boats on the coast. But I'm sure they are a blast also. Happy Camping, Lu
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If you want to have a different Rogue river experience, consider taking a jet boat trip upriver from Gold Beach to Paradise Lodge where you can spend the night and then hop on the jet boat going downstream the next day. To do this, you will have to make arrangements in advance.