Forward Paddle is the ideal spot to create a long-lasting memory of whitewater adventure in the Pacific Northwest. We believe that when you combine years of experience with a passion for people and appreciation for the beauty of the outdoors, the result can be a special expedition on the river that you’ll always remember. Excited for all the 2017 season will bring us, Forward Paddle is driven to make whitewater rafting a special experience for people of all ages and backgrounds.


Committed to unmatched hospitality and service, Forward Paddle is focused on providing not only exciting whitewater adventure on one of Oregon’s favorite rivers but a fun, safe, and meaningful experience with others. From the booking process to safety training to unloading at river’s end, we strive to care for every customer as if we ourselves were the customer. Your river adventure with Forward Paddle is led by engaging and experienced guides who enjoy sharing their love for the river and for people. You will know that making your trip the most thrilling, comfortable, and memorable it can be is a top priority for our guides. The gear we provide is top-quality and maintained with safety and comfort in mind so that you can simply enjoy the excitement, and, should you choose our full day trip, the classic American food we cook up is just the right addition to your adventure on the river. Your overall experience with Forward Paddle is one that will leave you wanting to come back again – as many people do, and we hope you will!


Troy Lafayette
Troy Lafayette
Troy Lafayette is a partner and guide for Forward Paddle Rafting Co. He started his love of rivers in the Boy Scouts, canoeing many class 1-2 rivers and lakes on the Southern Oregon coast. After graduating from Oregon State University, Troy started working as a river guide on the weekends. Twenty-Two years later, his favorite part of commercial guiding is sharing an experience with customers and helping them catch a glimpse into something that means so much to him.
After guiding rafting and stand up paddleboard trips in Brazil for Canoar Rafting and Selva SP near the city of Sao Paulo for 10 years. Then guiding 2 years in Massachusetts at Crab Apple Rafting. In 2021, Troy returned to Forward Paddle and is now taking many of the reservation calls and working behind the scenes in the office. There is a slight chance he will be sitting behind you and a good chance if you hear your guide yell, “Remo Frente!” (Forward Paddle!).

Forward Paddle is looking at offering international rafting and adventure trips to Brazil in the future. If this sounds interesting to you, call our reservation line and ask to be put on the contact list.

If you would like to contact Troy directly, please click here.

Jim Wicks
Jim Wicks
Jim Wicks has been guiding adventure trips throughout the past 25 years. From youth backpacking trips to mountain climbing and whitewater rafting, he enjoys the various benefits of being outdoors with others. Jim served as a National Training Associate and Leadership Development Trainer with the Boys and Girls Club of America for 10 years before teaching youth and families in local churches. His ministry has included leading international trips to Peru and Africa.

Jim has always loved the many life lessons that can be learned on the river, on top of all the excitement and enjoyment of nature. He is excited about the opportunities for fun and relationship on the river with Forward Paddle!

If you would like to contact Jim directly, please click here.

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