About us

Outdoor Adventures was started in 1978 and our Kern River permit was awarded to us in 1980.

Founded by Bob Volpert and originally named Outdoor Adventures, the company was comprised of whitewater rafting operations all over the west. With a focus on running high quality, high value, family friendly river trips, Bob grew the business to where it is today: Rafting operations in Idaho, Oregon and the Kern river in California. Working hand in hand with his three sons, the company has remained in the Volpert family who are committed to Bob’s original vision.

A message from Matt Volpert – Growing up in the river outfitting business, I know what it takes to not run a good rafting trip, but a great one. Our guides, my family and myself, are committed to providing a safe, and fun river trip that will be the highlight of your summer. For those interested in the other rivers that we run, my older brother Will is an outfitter in Oregon (Indigo Creek Outfitters / Rogue River Journeys) and my younger brother Skip handles our Middle Fork of the Salmon operation (Idaho River Journeys). I look forward to having you join us, and you can always reach me directly at matt@kernrafting.com

Middle Fork of the Salmon

Idaho River Journeys

Spend six days in the largest wilderness in the Lower 48. The Middle Fork is a week long rafting vacation that will take you through 99.8 miles of deep canyons, plenty of whitewater, hotsprings, gin-clear water, and much more. All in small groups void of cellphones, internet, and email. Our company has built a rock-solid reputation for running phenomenal family vacations. We take reservations two years out as prime dates are often sold out 12 months in advance.

Learn more about our Middle Fork vacations here.

Wild and Scenic Rogue River

Rogue River Journeys

The Rogue River is a stretch of river with remarkable beauty, wildlife, whitewater, and history. Our trips are outstanding and they’re made possible by a friendly crew of professional guides, a menu featuring delicious and regionally-sourced food, and top-notch equipment. Our trip offerings are diverse including lodge stays and comfortable camping. We love what we do and it shows: many of our guests join us on the Rogue River year after year. 

Learn more about our Rogue River vacations here.


Upper Klamath, and Rogue River

Indigo Creek Outfitters

Indigo Creek Outfitters is a rafting, tour, and Rogue River multi-day company based in Ashland, Oregon. We specialize in running phenomenal half-day Rogue rafting trips on the “Nugget – Tilomikh Falls” section of the Rogue, full-day Upper Klamath rafting trips through the whitewater of “Hell’s Corner” canyon, and leading amazing Rogue River multi-day trips on the world-renowned “Wild & Scenic” section of the Lower Rogue.

Learn more about our Ashland, OR vacations here.

Press Inquiries

Media contact: Matt Volpert | President | 1-760-376-3370 | matt@kernrafting.com

Use of images: Send us an email with the images you would like to use and the media outlet where they will posted/printed. We approve most requests and ask just for proper attribution.

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Join our Staff

Our guides are fun, intellectual, and family friendly. They work hard, are safety oriented, and love big adventures. If those last two sentences describe who you are, then we would love to hear from you.

  • If you are an experienced guide, send us an email with your resume, and river log, including contact information from your previous commercial outfitters.
  • If you have no experience, and would like to join our guideschool, then email us your resume and why you think you would make a great guide.
  • If you’re looking to join our company in a support role (trip operations, driver, photographer, food buyer, guest experience) then please call us directly.