May has been a great month for whitewater. Last week a few of us from Sundance teamed up with our friends at Indigo Creek Outfitters for a trip down one our favorites, the Illinois River in Southern Oregon.
With fantastic scenery, incredible water clarity, and amazing whitewater, the wild and scenic Illinois is a classic multi-day trip and is definitely one to remember. The water level was a comfortable medium-low with tons of eddies, boofs, and continuous rapids that kept us smiling.
I had a great time squirting and surfing my play boat down the river, but I think everyone on the trip would agree that the most interesting boater to watch was veteran river guide (and fellow Sundancer) Billy Miller.
Billy is an expert rafter, and lately he has been redefining the frontiers of inflatable boating in his pack-a-raft. It’s basically a glorified inner-tube with a floor, and is designed to be paddled with a kayak paddle. We were all amazed as Billy styled rapid after rapid, including many class IV rapids and the infamous class V Green Wall.
The Illinois river is one of the best runs in Oregon. It runs fall through spring and is most popular in April and May. You can find good flow information on www.dreamflows.com, or at www.oregonrafting.org. For more photos of this trip, visit Sundance’s Flickr page or check out Oregon Rafting’s Facebook page.