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Summer Isn't Over Yet- Learn to Kayak

It's August and it's HOT! The Klamath River and Rogue River are still at great flows. This is the time to learn to kayak whether it be on the river or on the lake. Don't miss out your opportunity to learn from professional American Canoe Association instructors.

Pursue that dream of learning to kayak and we will be there to help you along the way. Give us a call and check our calendar for upcoming class dates.


Welcome to Kokopelli River Center! We pride ourselves in offering the best in whitewater kayaking instruction and touring kayak lessons in Southern Oregon. We invite you to grasp that lifelong dream that you've had to learn to kayak. We're here to help you achieve your goals. Kokopelli River Center will teach you all the correct paddling skills that you need to know to safely get you down the river or across a pristine lake. Our whitewater paddle club and touring paddle club will help you progress in your paddling skills and also make new kayaking friends.

You're never too old to learn to kayak! This is your year!

  • Whitewater kayaking instruction for beginners and experienced paddlers
  • Recreational and Sea Kayaking classes
  • Retail kayak and equipment sales
  • No kayaking experience needed
  • Certified professional ACA instructors
  • All paddling gear provided
  • We help take the fear out of kayaking
  • Affordable way to get into kayaking

We sell Hurricane Kayaks, recreational, lightweight plastic kayaks.

Ocean Kayaks are sit-on-top kayaks great for fishing and playing.


We are proud to be Southern Oregon's only paddlesports specialty shop, carry whitewater kayaking gear, sea kayaks, rafting gear, and paddling apparel. We also rent kayaks and rafts from the shop where we let you "try before you buy". Kokopelli River Center is located in beautiful Ashland, Oregon at the base of the Siskiyou Mountains and is a short drive to Medford, Oregon and the California border. Kokopelli River Center is exactly that, a center for paddling adventures and learning. This is also the meeting place for all of our kayak lessons and river rafting trips.

Kayaking in Oregon and Northern California.
Learn flat water paddling techniques and enjoy fishing and birdwatching from your kayak.


Because not everyone is into the thrill of whitewater, we can teach you how to paddle a sea kayak, recreational touring kayak, or a sit-on-top kayak. Kayak touring is the fastest growing form of kayaking today! Learn to paddle on pristine high mountain lakes, calm moving water, access hidden coves, and lazy rivers. We teach two sea kayaking courses: Recreational Kayaking Skills which is geared to the recreational boater who is interested in paddling on lakes for birdwatching, fishing, or just relaxing. Touring Kayak Skills is for those interested in learning open water rescue and basic navigation skills. No experience is required for either of these courses.

I am "rolling in my kayak" thanks to the great instruction by Matt Dopp and supervised river time provided through the Kokopelli sponsored Kayak Paddle Club." Matt and Leslie have been excellent teachers and have assisted me in selecting the appropriate gear to keep me comfortable on my river outings in all conditions.
-Mark Spector, Ashland, Oregon

Kayaking in Oregon and Northern California.
Learn to whitewater kayak on Southern Oregon and Northern California rivers.


A whitewater kayaking lesson with Kokopelli's kayak school is a challenging and rewarding experience. We teach whitewater kayaking lessons for beginner to advanced paddlers focusing on teaching the correct kayaking techniques the first time so bad habits don't develop. Learn to kayak in a two day River Kayaking Level 1 or a multi-day campout Whitewater Kayaking Immersion. Our highly-qualified American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructors help you get comfortable with kayaking basics and move forward safely to a lifetime of fun!


Canoes may well be the most graceful of all river craft, but these boats aren't just pretty to look at: whitewater canoes can also make precision maneuvers and handle surprisingly strong rapids, thanks to high-tech materials, advanced designs and integrated safety features.
Learn to canoe from our expert canoe instructor, Bill Cross. He will teach you everything you need to know about how to paddle a canoe gracefully on a lake and how to paddle a canoe down the river safely.

Learn to canoe on Southern Oregon and Northern California rivers
Learn to river canoe on Southern Oregon and Northern California rivers.


Kokopelli is dedicated to upholding our reputation as a highly respected kayak instructional program and white water rafting guide service. We are committed to the environment that we work and play in. We hope to instill the same love for the paddling that we have in you. We invite you to join us for a lifetime of excitement and unforgettable memories.

River Water Levels - check here for daily river water flows from dreamflows.com
New River Center - visit our shop!
Weather - check the latest Southern Oregon weather forecast
Green Tags - The Bonneville Environmental Foundation sells carbon offsets as renewable energy certificates, which it calls Green Tags