There used to be two competing jet boat companies on the Rogue River - Jerry's Rogue Jet Boats and the 'Mail Boats'. Both started in business about 50 years ago, but within the past year, or two Jerry's bought out 'Mail Boats' and they are now one, although the graphics have not yet been changed on the 'Mail Boats'......for the purposes of this trip we were riding in one of the blue 'Mail Boats' called 'Wildcat'. This boat has 3 small block Chevy 354 cubic inch engines powering the powerful jets that propel these boats up river. The draft of these boats is about 6" at speed, which enables them to pass safely through the numerous shallow spots along the river where depths can shrink at times to just 8 inches.
We left on our 'Mr. Toad's Wild Ride' trip promptly at 1100 hours and were treated to a great two hour trip up to Agness.......it doesn't really take that long to make the trip at 30+ mph, but on the way up you stop a lot to see some of the wild life, and are given a lot of really interesting history about the river......
Mike and Liz to my left
TLE to my right......all buttoned up!
......initially is it quite cold, and we all were bundled up against the cold and wind......
Long shot of a bald eagle
Our intrepid captain.....Kevin....very entertaining
These jet boats have flat bottoms so our captain entertained us a couple dozen times going and coming doing "360's" when the water depth is appropriate and the river is wide enough......lots of fun.
We reached Agness just about 1300 hours, disembarked and walked up the hill to the restaurant which had this enormous outdoor deck, and draft beer! Doesn't get much better than that!
Much warmer in Agness
By 1430 hours we were back in the 'Wildcat' and headed back down river......it took us just over one hour to make the return trip, and it was nice to watch the scenery speed by at 30+ mph as the boat carved through the many twists and turns of the Rogue.
I was able to take a little video of what you looks like zooming along the river in the jet boat.....enjoy.....
We were back in Gold Beach by 1600 hours and on our way back north to Cape Blanco by 1630........Mike and Liz had suggested we stop on our way back at Arizona Beach to pick raspberries, so we did. They had gotten a tip from the local camp host that there were a lot of unpicked berries, so we stopped and picked a few pounds.......
It was a great day, and the experience exceeded our expectations.....we all thought we received a lot of value for the price we paid. We were home just before 1800 hours with, once again, smiles on our faces.
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