The mission of the Joining Waters staff is to provide the best service and most memorable river vacation opportunity, paying special attention to safety and affordability. All associates, owners and guides have a genuine love of the outdoors. Each one having special interests and skills to enhance the rafting experience including fishing for trout, bass, steel head, fly fishing, photography, hunting and historical tidbits that apply to the local countryside.
Our Guides are licensed and trained in first aid and CPR with two of them receiving special river rescue certification. Safety is a top priority. The Grande Ronde and Wallowa rivers are rated Class II with some Class III rapids during times of high water. We supply Class V life vests for our clients and regulations mandate that they be worn at all times. Helmets are also available upon request.
Experience is not necessary when rafting with a guide. Simply relax and enjoy the scenery. Age 5 and older can enjoy our trips. general health and physical condition are the best indicators of a participants ability to embark on a wilderness river adventure.
Joining Waters Raft Rentals, Shuttles and Guide Service is based and run from the Elgin Boot & Saddle store located at 470 South 8th Street in Elgin, Oregon.
Our contact numbers are (541)437-1794, Chris Horn at (541)805-8652, or Gregg Hargett at (541)786-8055.
When a trip is booked, arrangements will be made to meet the clients at the Minam Rest Area where the boats will be loaded and made ready for the trip. After the clients have left, our shuttle drivers will drive their vehicles to the destined take-out point: (Powatka Bridge, Troy, Boggan's Oasis or Hellar's Bar). This drive is on the Highway through Wallowa and Lostine, turning at Enterprise to Flora and down to the Grande Ronde River. Each vehicle has instructions for the driver for the placement of the keys, and the vehicle is locked up and ready for the client's return. The raft and supplies will then be picked up and returned by an associate of Joining Waters, alleviating any more work for the customers. If the equipment is received in good condition, the original deposit of $100.00 will be refunded. Any problems will be addressed by the owners and customer.