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SOTAR will be open from 9AM to 12PM on Memorial Day

Greetings SOTARIANs,
Summer has arrived!  The combination of strong water reserves in Lost Creek Lake and the warm, sunny weather promises an outstanding rafting season here in Southern Oregon.  Across the West, there are a lot of concerns resulting from low snow pack and dry conditions BUT, our Outfitters are reporting healthy bookings and US Army Corps of Engineers is reporting sustainable rafting flows throughout the season on managed rivers; even in many areas of drought stricken California. SOTAR’s staff has already been logging river days and this year’s river cleanup float was a great success! 
Lots going on in Merlin.  SOTAR.com is in the early stages of a face-lift.  The Factory Showroom has been migrating back to basics by refocusing on core products and services.  We are prototyping new inflatable products while streamlining and focusing our retail sales inventory on the best of the best river and camping gear.  SOTAR’s fabrication division is in full swing carrying on Vic Smith’s legacy of river tested bomber Explorer and Predator raft and cataraft frames.  We’ve brought fabrication capability in house under Matt Swanson and we are the excusive outlet for Rogue Gear Works (RGW) river equipment.  If you are looking for premium river accessories that will perform well alongside your SOTAR then give us a call!   We’re excited about 2015.


Whitewater Season Hours:  April 15th through September 1st

8am to 5pm Monday through Friday

9am - 12pm Saturday

Closed Sunday

SOTAR Manufacturing Plant and Retail Showroom
724 Ort Lane, Merlin, OR 97532

Seasonal Schedules Click here

We move the industry forward.


Wisdom is not found in the years but in the miles. Mesa Falls

And we have certainly seen a few float underneath our boats. From Tierra Del Fuego to the Yukon, from Siberia to Phantom Ranch people have sat in our boats and spoke Russian, Ukrainian, Croatian, Turkish, Spanish, Quebecquois, a few African tribe dialects - and coast to coast all over our great United States of America.

We have been around just over 30 years, but more important -
we've just plain been around.

We've listened and kept an open mind so we could see what was possible, and what was not, what worked, and what could be better. Sat in eddies and listened to our friends sign praise, and sometimes belly-ache. And then we came home to Southwestern Oregon as always, and we worked on building an ever better boat. One that performs on the highest level, takes harder hits, and looks more lovely pulled up on the beach.

We've been first many times.

SOTAR designed and built the first self-bailing floors - the performance innovation that allowed many a first descent. And while there was a time when skeptics laughed and pointed, it is now the industry standard. We've had a few other firsts as well: CAD design, thermo-welded seams and the continuous curve cataraft tube designs, our exclusively developed lightweight heavy duty Urethane / Lexatron boat fabric we have been using since 1987, welded seams with no glue in the construction of our boats since 1992,

No, we've never minded going first.

But alas, the cleanest run often requires the bolder line - and we decided long ago to design and build accordingly.

Have You Seen our Complete Retail Store?

We are right on the way to the Rogue. In Merlin, Oregon.



Check out these great videos!

For your viewing pleasure, a couple wins for Sotar on the creeking race course.

Also, raced in the IK division for the Northwest Creeking competition, came in 3rd place, only Sotar IK on the course.



Mix and match colors!

Introducing two new 2013 boat colors (Dark Forest Green and a medium Kelly Green) in addition to our other standard colors: Yellow, Orange, Red, Purple, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Teal, Grey, White and Black



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