Wilderness Canyon Adventures (WCA) was born in 1993, after Allen Wilson, a longtime Grand Canyon Guide/Boatman and Curry County native, made a few exploratory trips down the upper Chetco River. The following year, the intrepid Wilson rafted the wild and scenic section again, this time with three, 14 year-old teenagers. I was one of them. During that trip, I fell in love with the river. Soon after, Wilson hired me as his main guide, a position I held through the following five summers. In 2002, I graduated from Oregon State University and pursued other dreams, while Wilson continued to guide down the Chetco. Sadly, that year’s catastrophic Biscuit Fire forced WCA to shut down. Twelve years later, after returning to my hometown and starting a family, my love of the Chetco River and the Southern Oregon Coast, and the desire to share its beauty, compelled me to relaunch WCA. Wilson, too, was eager to get back on the water. With a desire to expand its adventure offerings, WCA added ocean kayaking, to provide a unique opportunity to experience this rarely-seen section of the Pacific coastline. I am excited to be a part of the Wilderness Canyon Adventures story and hope you will join Allen Wilson and I, guides with over twenty years of kayaking Southern Oregon’s waterways, and our experienced team, as we explore the remote and breath-taking locations of the Chetco River and its ocean coastline.
Shawna Martin has been exploring the Wild and Scenic Chetco River since her early childhood days. A purveyor of all things challenging, Shawna has excelled in the realms of being a mother, teaching middle-school, being a search and rescue volunteer, creating a local mountain-bike organization, and now, guiding for WCA.
Dylan Renaud hails from the southwest corner of Colorado. As our youngest member of the crew, he specializes in culinary arts and fitness. When not guiding for WCA, Dylan can be found perusing the Southern Oregon Coast for ridable waves.
Luke Martinez was born and raised in Pistol River, OR. His hobbies revolve around the water; and, when not somewhere on the ocean or river, he can be found hanging with his family or volunteering for his local community. Luke loves redvines!
Allen Wilson was born and raised in Gold Beach, OR. In 1965, at the age of nineteen, he began his guiding career on the Colorado River. With his wife, Terry, he started Wilderness Canyon Adventures (WCA) in 1996. Allen describes himself as a jack-of-all-trades; however, it’s his fun-loving humor which makes any time spent with him a pure delight. Calling him “Classic” would be an understatement.
Future WCA guides: Maizie and Cleo Martinez