Orange Torpedo Trips History - Rogue River Whitewater and Beyond
The unique personality of Orange Torpedo Trips comes from our history as explorers of new places and new types of boats. We are who we are today because we started a little different then the rest and have always prided ourselves on staying that way.
The history of Orange Torpedo Trips starts in the late 1960s, with adventurer and entrepreneur Jerry Bentley on the Rogue River. Jerry saw some little inflatable kayaks and the potential they had for creating great memories on the river. A couple exploration runs with his family, and he was convinced of the idea. After a year of working to persuade Seyvlor (the boat manufacturer) that it was a good idea, in 1969, Jerry was on his way.
In the early years, Jerry worked with the initial guides to perfect the guiding style and maximize guest safety in the inflatable kayaks. These were adventuresome years, when the sport of rafting as we know it today was young and still considered by many risky; add to this the adventure of inflatable kayaks, and this was an exciting time. As the years passed, Jerry expanded from just the Rogue River to operate on rivers all over the West Coast of the U.S.
Eventually Jerry decided it was time to retire from the commercial rafting business, and the company was purchased by Don Stevens. Don continued to expand the company and the trip offerings. These were shining years in the history of the company, when OTT expanded and established a level of professionalism that has set us apart ever since. Don also expanded to establish our partner equipment rental and retail business, White Water Cowboys.
The company has moved on from those days and is now owned by a former guide who is passionate about staying true to OTT’s history as a river pioneer and inflatable kayak outfitter while also continuing to explore new trips, new river crafts, and run the best family river adventures anywhere. Continuing our spirit of adventure just completed the first guided inflatable kayak trip of the Sun Kosi River in Nepal in 2013. Going forward we look forward to sharing memories of years past with old friends and creating new ones with new families and adventurers.