Dustin Paul is a U.S. Veteran who discovered a sense of “home” on the Rogue River. For the past six years he has shared the Rogue with fellow veterans and publishes the adventures online at Veteran Outdoor Adventures. Dustin lives in Roseburg, Oregon and frequently finds time for the river, either on the Rogue or closer-to-home North Umpqua and McKenzie Rivers.
What is your connection to the Rogue River?
I am a recreational boater with an insatiable addiction to the river.
When did you discover the Rogue?
I have been rafting the Rogue for about 6 years.
What do you like most about the Rogue?
I love the wildlife, whitewater, and the river family that is always there with a smile!
Do you have a favorite camp on the Rogue?
Summer, Lower Kelsey. Winter, the cover of Battle Bar
Is there a community of boaters who float the Rogue?
More of a feeling of family. Once you are in, you are a welcome member of the Rogue River Family!
How has the Rogue River changed you?
The Rogue has not only changed my life but also the lives of a few other veterans. I am a disabled veteran that served in Iraq 04/05. When I returned home I had some real issues getting back in the swing of the civilian way of life. The Rogue River has kind of become my little sanctuary. I love to share it with other veterans and hope that they get to enjoy the same peace and solitude that the Rogue has given me.
What is the personality of the Rogue River?
Mild to wild depending on what season you go!
The personality of the Rogue speaks to us all in its own way. For me it seemed to tell me that I was home. The river keeps me on my toes some days, and others it lets me drift along without a care in the world.