Our History

Glen Wooldridge, Sr.

First to Run the Salmon River, ID 1948
The history of Wooldridge Boats and company founder Glen Wooldridge has been chronicled in numerous books, magazines and films since 1915.
The book, "The Rogue, a River to Run", by Florence Arman, gathers up many of the adventures, along with fascinating historical photos and facts.

First Run Up the Rogue River, OR 1947
 

The history of Wooldridge Boats and company founder Glen Wooldridge has been chronicled in numerous books, magazines and films since 1915.
 

The book, "The Rogue, a River to Run", by Florence Arman, gathers up many of the adventures, along with fascinating historical photos and facts.
 

That Rogue River trip was just one of Glen’s many “first-evers.”  The adventures ranged from Alaska's Yukon River to California's Klamath, including the powerful and intimidating Idaho rivers and those seldom touched in British Columbia. At age 79, "Grandpa" Glen was first to run the fearsome Hells Gate on BC's Fraser River.
 

Ted Trueblood, famous associate Editor of Field & Stream, who ran rivers and fished with Wooldridge, wrote a glowing foreword to Arman's book, part of which we've reprinted in this website’s historic section.
 

Ginger Rogers, Clark Gable, Herbert Hoover, Zane Grey and countless others, famous and not, chose Glen Wooldridge for their fishing and adventure trips.  At the root of it all was a Wooldridge Boat.
 

It was 1915 when "Grandpa" Wooldridge (1896-1986) built his first river boat to make that first-ever float down Oregon's Rogue River.  The evolution of Wooldridge Boats from the past to the present was laced with many firsts, like the first-ever trip up the Rogue River in 1947 (with a prop, of course, no jets back then).
 


Grandpa Wooldridge with Ginger Rogers

Wooldridge designed boats, built boats and blazed a historic trail along the way, guiding such prestigious folks as President Herbert Hoover, Clark Gable and Ginger Rogers, to name a few.  Wooldridge was drifting, running props and was close-at-hand during development of the outboard jet by Dick Stallman, who created and produces the outboard jet drives used on motors world wide.
 

Of course there's more, lots more.  Wooldridge Boats are no longer made of wood, the material of choice is now aluminum, all-welded of course, and the line-up now includes several deep water prop and inboard jet designs.  The fourth generation Wooldridge, Grant, is building boats, and a vital cog in the operation.  The third generation Wooldridge, Glen, is President, of the company. Named after his grandfather, Glen continues the family tradition as an innovator, explorer and fine boatman.  His dad, Bob, lends valuable advice and boat building experience.