Dillon Cole guides for Kern River Outfitters in Southern California. When the water runs dry, he heads to Southern Oregon to raft the Rogue and Klamath rivers with Indigo Creek Outfitters. When he’s not on the river, Dillon can be found surfing the California coast. He has surfed on four continents and is a student at U.C. Santa Barbara.
What is your connection to the Rogue River?
In 2016 I worked for Kern River Outfitters in Southern California. When we ran out of water in August, I headed north to Southern Oregon and worked with Indigo Creek Outfitters through September on the Rogue River. It was fun to find a river that actually had water!
Favorite spot on the river?
Any camp along the river is a good place to be.
Is there a sense of community on the Rogue River?
Although I was only the Rogue for two months it was easy to discover a community of guides who call the Rogue River home.
How has the river changed your life?
I was just a rad-gnar surfer from Florida. Now I live in a van down by the river.
The Rogue has led to an appreciation for the unspoiled parts of the U.S.A and balance between use and protection of said lands.
What is the personality of the river?
Calm yet stoic. A river that is to be respected but also a river that brings enjoyment and reflection.