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Jet Boat Rides and the Motel Del Rogue in Grants Pass, Oregon

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Rogue River Oregon

Many years ago, after enjoying Crater Lake National Park, my mother, niece, and I drove to Grants Pass for the next leg of our vacation. We had reservations at the Motel Del Rogue and had read about the different options for Rogue River trips. Having already taken a couple of river rafting trips on other vacations, we decided to take a jet boat ride to see what that experience would be like.

August was the month of our visit and the weather was warm.

Water always seems alluring when the temperatures are high, and our motel was situated right on the banks of the Rogue River.

Rogue River photo taken on our jet boat ride.

Rogue River photo taken on our jet boat ride.

Motel Del Rogue

Prior to ever going on vacation, research must be done and reservations must be made. This is half the fun of vacationing! Getting to read about various places and seeing what they have to offer, and then deciding upon the choices is a pleasurable activity.

Of all the places to stay in Grants Pass, the Motel Del Rogue seemed most appealing. We were more than happy with our decision once we arrived. In fact, we always talked about going back there and spending more time.

My mother and niece looking back towards our unit at Motel Del Rogue.

My mother and niece looking back towards our unit at Motel Del Rogue.

The individual and rustic cabin-like units numbering just 16 overlook the Rogue River.

We did some hand washing of some of our clothing and with the dry conditions (at least it seemed that way to us...coming from the humidity in Houston, Texas) our clothing was dried very quickly which really made my mother happy.

Looking down at the Rogue River from our motel.

Looking down at the Rogue River from our motel.

Set on 2 acres of land, the trees and lawn leading down to the river present a pretty picture whether strolling the grounds or viewing the attractive scenery from one's private decking.

It is truly a homey atmosphere at Motel Del Rogue and it is understandable to find out that they have been in continual business ever since the 1930s.

Feeding Ducks

When my mother, niece and I would travel together each summer for a number of years we always chose to do some picnicking along the way to save some time and also help expenses.

Thus, when ducks were spotted on the Rogue River beneath our motel unit, some of our sandwich bread became a feast for the ducks and especially fun for my niece who enjoyed the sudden gathering of hungry birds vying for just the right position to catch those tossed pieces of bread.

Location of the Motel Del Rogue

Grants Pass Vacation

It is easy to see why people like coming to the small town of Grants Pass in southwestern Oregon for vacations.

While it is quite warm in the summer, water sports on the Rogue River provide much in the way of entertainment.

From swimming to boating to fishing...all can be easily enjoyed.

Winters are relatively mild and tourism has become an important source of income to those 34,000 plus or minus people who call Grants Pass home.

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Lumbering used to be more predominant than it is today.

Residents are very friendly and eager to make one's vacation a memorable one.

The setting just couldn't be prettier!

Picnic in Riverside Park prior to our jet boat ride.

Picnic in Riverside Park prior to our jet boat ride.

Riverside Park

This park in Grants Pass is where one boards the jet boats and we had a 2 PM reservation.

The previous night we chose to eat at an Italian restaurant called R-Haus. It was close to where we were staying and it was also situated right on the Rogue River offering river views for diners.

My mother and I both ordered a halibut dinner and enjoyed some Oregon Chardonnay wine with it. My niece chose to eat a steak. We were all pleased with the food and decor of the place was charming.

So for lunch on this day we decided to have a picnic in Riverside Park.

Squirrels in Riverside Park

Squirrels in Riverside Park

There were many friendly squirrels hovering nearby looking at us as we lunched, and sure enough...they were most happy to join in our repast.

My niece feeding squirrels in Riverside Park

My niece feeding squirrels in Riverside Park

Obviously they are used to being fed by other people who have picnics in this same park. My niece was happy to oblige the furry critters.

Rogue River from the Jet Boat

Rogue River from the Jet Boat

Jet Boat Rides

The company that we chose for our jet boat ride was Rogue River Hellgate Excursions.

We didn't know quite what to expect never having ridden on a jet boat previously but we were game to try something new! We just knew that the scenery would be spectacular!

One can choose rides which include lunch or even dinner or just rides without food involved. Obviously we choose the latter.

Our captain. What a great summer job this would be for college students! Rogue River views from jet boat ride

Our captain. What a great summer job this would be for college students! Rogue River views from jet boat ride

The Rogue River is quite serene and almost glass-like with small ripples at first. The reflections from the banks of the river are striking.

River Jet Boat

These jet boats have powerful engines and can skim along in places where most other boats could not navigate. All they need are a few inches of water in which to operate.

The Rogue River is calm and glass-like at times and can also offer some challenging areas of whitewater rapids for the most intrepid of river boaters or rafters.

We would see some of both on the jet boat ride that we took.

Osprey Birds

In addition to being taken on this jet boat ride and getting to see beautiful scenery, we were also given information about some of the wildlife spotted along the banks of the Rogue River.

We saw several osprey nests high up in the forks of dead trees.

Since fish constitutes about 99% of their diet, they are often spotted along fresh water rivers such as this and these raptor birds are located in many parts of the world. They take a while to mature and do not start reproducing until 4 or even 5 years of age. We were told that ospreys mate for life.

Osprey nest on the top of the tree.

Osprey nest on the top of the tree.

Blue herons and many other birds were spotted and pointed out.

On each trip there is the chance to see different forms of wildlife and the captains of these jet boats keep on the lookout so that they can point these things out to patrons riding in their boats making for an even more interesting ride.

Rogue Rafting

For the adventurous of spirit, we saw quite a few people navigating the Rogue River in rafts.

These people in the picture below had obviously pulled over for a bit of a rest. The rocks provided a nice perch for them to watch the comings and goings of other watercraft making their way past this spot on the river.

Rogue River Scenery in This Area

Some people were taking a break from rafting.

Some people were taking a break from rafting.

More of the Rogue River scenery in this area.

More of the Rogue River scenery in this area.

Hellgate Canyon

The turn around point for our jet boat ride was Hellgate Canyon.

The rocks close in on the narrowed river and the cliffs are up to 100 feet high at this point. Apparently beyond this point the rapids can become quite impressive.

The movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was filmed for one of the scenes at this very spot on the Rogue River.

Our jet boat approaching Hellgate Canyon  on the Rogue River in Oregon

Our jet boat approaching Hellgate Canyon on the Rogue River in Oregon

Hellgate Canyon on the Rogue River in Oregon

Hellgate Canyon on the Rogue River in Oregon

Thanks for tagging along and looking at these pictures taken on our Grants Pass vacation portion of our Oregon trip. The Motel Del Rogue is undoubtedly still laying out the welcome sign for guests in this beautiful and rustic vacation spot.

Rogue River trips await your discovery and jet boat rides are fun as we discovered. Hope you enjoyed this look at this scenic area in southwestern Oregon. Happy and safe travels wherever you decide to go!

Grants Pass, Oregon

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Peggy Woods

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