Rogue Life

Kate Wollney – O.A.R.S. Rafting Trips

Kate Wollney is the Oregon Area Manager for O.A.R.S. She has been running the Rogue River since 1984 and has worked on a number of other rivers throughout the west.

The Interview

What is your connection to the Rogue River?

I am a river guide and Oregon Area Manager for O.A.R.S.

How long have you been recreating or working on the Rogue?

Recreating since 1984, working since 1993

What are your favorite qualities of the Rogue River?

I love the play: jumping off rocks, swimming in the river, scrambling up creeks.

Favorite spot on the Rogue?

Dulog Falls

Is there a sense of community on the Rogue?

There is a strong feeling of local use and local pride on the Rogue River. There is often a feeling that everyone out there is working (and playing) together.

How has the Rogue River shaped your life?

The Rogue motivated me to move across the country and defined my career. The Rogue created my sense of place and my love of nature.

Does the Rogue River have a personality?

The Rogue is easy-going with a serious side, and likes to laugh and have fun.

Any examples?

When I was 14, I hiked up Tate Creek for the first time. Before that, all my “adventure” had been on roller coasters. I was amazed and awed by nature’s playground. That day changed my life.

Any last words?

I feel lucky to call the Rogue River my home.

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