He began floating rivers in 1987, in a borrowed raft. Much of the 80s and 90s were spent making just enough gas money to float the McKenzie river and feed his hunger for another day on the river. Now five boats, hundreds of trips on Oregon rivers and thirty years later, he's excited to offer his passion for the perspective from the river to his guests.
Beyond receiving his Oregon State Marine Board Guide's license and completing First Aid and CPR classes, he holds a Wilderness First Aid certificate as well. Coming home safely is a matter of habit. Much of his time not in a boat is spent hiking, mountain biking, birding and cross country skiing around western Oregon.
About Riparian Tours:
The focus for Riparian Tours is providing guided trips on the McKenzie and Willamette rivers with a focus on the history of the rivers, information on the watershed, conservation efforts, and identification of flora and fauna during the float. While I've fly fished for over twenty-five years, the focus of my trips are not fishing.
The cornerstone of these trips are enjoyment of the river valley, understanding the riparian zone, and having a nice meal in a safe and comfortable environment.
A Cottage Industry:
In fall of 2017, Riparian Tours began operating out of the carport and out buildings of the home of Randy Turney and his wife. A 1990 model Koffler aluminum drift boat is the sole craft used for Riparian Tours trips. Having one boat and one boatman, necessitates a two person per trip limit of passengers. Every effort is made to buy, use and promote the Eugene local economy. Everything from the foods served on the trips to the shuttle service are locally sourced from our community. As a sole proprietor, our customers can expect personal and flexible trips that cater to their desires.
"Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
"Simply messing...about in boats -- or with boats... In or out of 'em it doesn't matter. Nothing seems to matter, that's the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don't; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you're always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you've done it there's always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you'd much better not."
"Look here! If you've really nothing else on hand this morning, supposing we drop down the river together and have a long day of it?"
— Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame