Outdoor Ventures teaches advanced river skills, rowing lessons and paddle instruction for the professional river guide and private boater. Learn to read river water, run rivers safely and confidently in whitewater dories, driftboats, paddle rafts, gear boats, catarafts and even inflatable kayaks. Learn to run some of the most scenic whitewater and salmon, trout and steelhead rivers in the Northwest. Oregon rivers include the McKenzie, Willamette, Santiam, Umpqua, Rogue, Siuslaw, Lake Creek and many other coastal rivers. Washington has beautiful stretches of fishing water on the Sol Duc, Bogachiel, Calawah and Hoh river. We specialize in one on one rowing and paddle training based on the individual students needs.



Outdoor Ventures welcomes you to learn the river skills needed to keep you, your family and your guests safe while on the river.

River safety is our number one concern! Outdoor Ventures has been dedicated to performance based education delivering real world river skills, advanced rowing and paddling techniques to our students since 1971. We offer an extensive multi day whitewater or fishing guide program as well as daily training courses for the private boater.

Outdoor Ventures specializes in "one on one" training which enables you to learn efficiently and more thoroughly.

Whether seeking advanced river skills, abilities in reading water for fishing or whitewater, rowing lessons, paddling instruction for river guiding or private recreational boating, each one of our student’s training courses are customized to their individual needs. Ranging from class N to IV river water, our local northwest rivers have a diverse array of technical water to learn on.

After boating and learning with Outdoor Ventures, you will be confident in your own abilities, be aware of your own limitations and be able to boat with skill and fluidity.

Look for us on the river and ask how you can start boating confidently!

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