Boice Family River History

Court Boice and his family have been in the Oregon Guiding and Outfitting Services for over 60 years. Their River Heritage, Environmental Awareness, and Safety Records are second to none in the Pacific Northwest. From the mouth of the Rogue at Gold Beach into the heart of the beautiful and world-famous Rogue to famous Blossom Bar Rapids–now beginning his 48th year.

Court’s grandfather–Allen Boice, Sr. was the longest serving Curry Commissioner of all time–devoting 18 years of his life to Public Service. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, he, the other two Commissioners and Sheriff—the four of them—for five full days, each took 12-hour shifts–one at each end of the Rogue River Bridge watching to see if the enemy might sneak into the Rogue Bay. They had their rifles loaded and were certainly ready to defend their Country, their County and their Citizens.

Court’s father. Allen Boice II, Veteran Marine, and logger was the famous and beloved Curry County—River Rogue Sheriff from 1966-1978. Allen was an expert polygraph examiner and very dedicated Law Man. Like his 11 siblings (yes, 12 children to Allen Sr. and Carrie) were all born in Langlois, Curry County, Oregon. Court’s mother, Meryl, at 89, a retired 61-year Registered Nurse remains an honored local historian who too still lovingly watches over Court faithfully to this day. Both parents operated the Paradise Wilderness Lodge (no road access) 1972 through 1982 developing a tremendous hospitality and excellent reputation serving jet boaters, trail hikers and the ever-growing rafting and float communities…

Court’s Uncle Jerry was the founder of Jerry’s Jet Boats in 1959. 14 years later in 1973 he originated “Court’s Whitewater Trips”. At one time, his company held 3 of the 6 original “Whitewater Permits” allowing, historically, daily guest Jet Boat excursions into the lower Rogue Wild River Section.

During that time, Court had the honor of introducing and touring many Nationally known people into this most sacred part of Oregon’s back country; Governors, movie stars and including one of the most famous baseball players of all time, both in 1988 and 1992–Ted Williams. However, Court’s favorite was the best known North American River Pioneer of all time, Glenn Wooldridge (1896 to 1985).

In 1982, Court purchased the famous Paradise Wilderness Lodge and operated it until 2006, then, selling to good Medford, Oregon friends, John and Cathy Schleining.

In January of 1997, Court did a life-threatening river rescue by Jet Boat, pulling 5 men from near-freezing and flood-stage waters near his Rogue River Lodge.

Footage courtesy of Dorian Corliss

(River Rescue – ‘97’ from Paradise Lodge – 5th one caught on video).

The wonderful friends made along the way and great stories live on!!! 

Since 1997 Court has continued to build and branch outside of the Rogue River while maintaining an active specialty private tour business on the Rogue as a private Pilot, Outfitter and Guide for organizations such as the Elks Club, Military Personnel and Veterans. Additionally Court’s most recent adventure included bringing the business to Grants Pass, Gold Hill, Medford and Shady Cove with White Water Jets.

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