You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers!
Listed below are frequently asked questions and Jerry’s answers. We’ve tried to anticipate everything, but if your question isn’t listed below, please call 1 (800) 451-3645 toll-free or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- What is Jerry’s Rogue Jet Boats all about?
- 104, 80 and 64 mile round-trip tours, what is the difference?
- When is jet boat season?
- Where is Gold Beach Oregon and Jerry’s?
- Traveling I-5? How do I get to Coastal HWY 101?
- Do I need to make reservations?
- Changes and cancellations?
- How should I dress and what should I bring?
- Prohibited on board all tours?
- Are there restrooms on board?
- Where’s the best place to sit?
- Can I reserve the front seat?
- Will I get wet?
- Meal cost?
- Meal Locations?
- Do we wear lifejackets?
- Sea sickness?
- Severe weather?
- Special needs?
- Age limit, fragile and pregnant?
- Can I bring my pet?
- Do I need to know how to swim?
- Is jet boating dangerous?
- How are the 64-mle and 80-mile the same length of time?
- How is Jerry’s considered a Mail Boat?
Picture a careful blend of adventurous jet boating, nature based tourism and unscripted educational / historical / comedic narrated entertainment. No other jet boat tours compare to the lower Rogue River’s variety of scenery, Pacific Coastal estuary, abundant wildlife, and pristine wilderness.
Scenic and subdued on the 64 mile ‘Historic Mail Boat Route’ or rugged wilderness and exciting whitewater on the 80 mile ‘Whitewater Journey’ or 104 mile ‘Wilderness Whitewater.’
Tours operate daily May 1 – October 15. Our gift shop and free museum are open year round at the Port of Gold Beach.
Southern Oregon. HWY. 101, 45 minutes north of the California / Oregon boarder. Jerry’s is located at the Port of Gold Beach, south side of the Rogue River bridge, 29980 Harbor Way, Gold Beach, OR 97444. Click here.
HWY 126 Eugene, OR to Florence OR
HWY 42 Roseburg, OR to Bandon OR
HWY 199 Grants Pass, OR to Crescent City, CA
HWY 299 Redding, CA to McKinleyville, CA (Scenic & Curvy)
HWY 20 Williams, CA to North of Ukiah, CA
**DO NOT RELY ON MAPQUEST AND OTHER GPS TRAVEL DEVICES**
**DO NOT TAKE ROADS: BLM 34-8-36, NF-23 or NF-33**
It is highly recommended. Make reservations as soon as you know when you would like to take one of our tours. One adult deposit required at time of booking. If you’re trying to stay flexible during your vacation we recommend 2-3 days minimum. Walk-ins are always welcomed at your own risk. For more information call 1(800) 451-3645, email email@example.com or BOOK NOW
Please inform us of any changes as soon as possible, so we may have a chance to rebook those seats. 24 hour notice of cancellation is required for full reimbursement of your deposit (Reducing your party’s size is considered a cancellation).
Dress in warm layers with insulated jacket for the early and late parts of the trip. Have lighter layers underneath for when it warms up. It is better to be over prepared with multiple layers! Sunglasses, digital camera and camcorders, sunscreen, water, binoculars and a hat are all good accessories to bring along. Leave your cell phones and reading material at home. An extra stuff bag is a great way to keep everything organized and together.
Smoking, alcohol, and grumpy people.
No restrooms on board. The longest you will be on the boat without a rest stop is just over 2 hours. Rest breaks take place 32 miles up the river in Agness, Oregon.
All seats are window seats. Our boats are designed with a slight tier for great viewing. Seats are cushioned on both the bottom and back for your comfort. On the whitewater tours it will be bumpier towards the front, smoother towards the rear, and wet all over!
No reserved seating. Our pilots will load their boats to insure comfort and safety.
On our whitewater trips expect to get wet, but remember, the weather up river is beautiful. On the 64 mile ‘Historic Mail Route’ it will depend on the day. Colder days our pilots will do their best to keep you dry and warm.
Meal cost is not included in boat fare. Expect an additional ($8-$15) per person for meal cost. Purchase is optional.
1.5 hour meal breaks are included as part of the daily scheduled tours. Three lodges, 32 miles upriver in the village of Agness, provide meal service. Find out more about the lodges HERE.
DO WE WEAR LIFEJACKETS?
Lifejackets are required to be worn in the whitewater section on the 80 and 104 mile round-trips. Passengers will always have access to lifejackets if they wish to wear one. Please speak with our office staff to request smaller lifejackets for your children prior to boarding.
Except in extreme cases, sea sickness and motion sickness do not occur. This is a river trip and does not have the motion of the ocean, which causes sea sickness.
Rainy weather is rare during our operating season. In case of bad weather reservations can be cancelled without penalty. (15) is the required minimum to operate tours.
There are no odd questions. If you have any special needs or concerns i.e., walking up hill, bad back, wheelchairs, motion sickness, worried about the trip or whatever the question might be, please ask.
Jerry’s has tours suitable for any age, young to the young at heart. There are no special requirements. Ages 3 and under are free. We advise older, frailer passengers to consider the 64 mile trip or sit towards rear seats on 80 or 104 mile trips. This is also recommended for people with bad backs or pregnant.
Pets are not allowed on board. There are a few pet sitting options in Gold Beach as follows: Happy Hills Kennel (541) 425-5222 or the Gold Beach Animal Shelter (541) 247-2514. Jerry’s does not arrange pet sitting, please call the above listed businesses directly.
If you have a service animal that assists with sight, sound or mobility please call our office 1 (800) 451-3645 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your options.
Just so you know! A few of our pilots bring their dogs along. These ‘pilot dogs’ are specially trained to spot wildlife, save swimmers, provide pilot comfort and clean up left over food in the boat.
Knowing how to swim is not required. This is not whitewater rafting. Our vessels are stable, safe and comfortable.
Safety of our passengers and other river users is our main concern. There are inherent risks and dangers involved in whitewater power boating on the Rogue River. These risks may include equipment failure, adverse weather conditions, hazardous whitewater rapids, rough water, abrupt boat handling and 360 degree spins. RogueJets, Inc, Mail Boat Upriver Service, Inc., Rogue Mail Boat Service, Inc., their employees, directors, and officers are not responsible for liability resulting from personal injury and property damage during this tour. Jerry’s Rogue Jets safely introduces 30,000 travelers annually to the Rogue River.
The pace of the trip, departure schedule, vessel, and meal break are the four main reasons these trips are able to operate on the same schedule. The 80-mile uses our smaller whitewater vessels and moves quicker upriver. The 64-mile uses our bigger 65 passenger vessels and has a more subdued ‘scenic’ emphasis. We can’t really explain it, it just is!
We deliver the mail! We’ve been delivering mail to Agness Oregon since 1895 and continue to do it 6 days a week throughout the year. Every morning on the 64 mile ‘Historic Mail Route’ passengers watch as mail is dropped and then picked up and brought back to Gold Beach. While passengers enjoy a meal stop in Agness the post office is busy sorting mail and preparing outgoing mail for the return trip.