Local Rafting Business Heats Up

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SHADY COVE, Ore. — With the weather heating up and temperatures flirting with triple digits, many people hitting the water, rafting down the Rogue River.   This is bringing in big business for local rafting companies.

At Rafting the Rogue in Shady Cover, some rafts are still left in the shed, but many are being packed up and towed to the nearest boat ramp.

The owner said has received over 650 calls the past five days from people wanting to make reservations and get out on the water.

In Ashland, Noah’s River Rafting has been booked solid the past three days. On Sunday, half of its rafts were on the river, but managers said the mid-summer rush will start crowding in soon.

“It’s going to be hot, it’s going to be dry, and the best spot to be when those conditions cross is out on the water,” said Bart Bart Baldwin, President of Noah’s River Rafting.

Baldwin said business typically slows down on the days following the Fourth of July, but come mid-July business will get extremely busy again, and stay that way through the beginning of September.

Rafting businesses said the surge of guests doesn’t come as a surprise.  They have plenty of rafts, vehicles, and staff to accommodate everyone.