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Rogue River more accessible, thanks to drift boat with ramp

People with physical disabilities can wheel themselves onto the drift boat, in Shady Cove, Oregon, Friday, June 24th, 2016. (KTVL/Ariana Rakhshani).

SHADY COVE, Ore.-- Summertime can mean spending a day on the Rogue River, but not everyone has had access to it.

"People look at us like we're disabled instead of all of the things we're capable of, and that's what I want to change people's opinion on," Todd Logan said.

That is how he came up with his business, Adaptive Excursions. He rows a drift boat, and anyone--despite a physical disability--can come on board.

"The reason we started it was because I couldn't find a job," Logan said. "Everybody sees my leg as an insurance liability risk."

He lost his leg from a bone condition in 2014, but it is not stopping him from doing anything.

"I am no different, and I don't see myself any different," he said. "It's just a prosthetic leg, it's not the end of my life."

Logan wants people who have a physical disability to feel the same.

"It's such a unique thing to wheel a chair into a boat and not be transferred," he said. "They're breaking more barriers as far as how comfortable it is to get in and out of these boats now to where they feel safer."

Through his business, he's offering the river back to those with disabilities, but it does not end there. His dreams are bigger than just the Rogue River. Logan said he wants to go on a Pacific Northwest tour--taking wounded veterans fishing for free. To be able to do that, he said he needs help from the community.

He said he owes it to the veterans who put their lives on the line for our freedom. He said he would not be able to have his prosthetic leg without doctors perfecting prosthetic limbs over time for veterans.

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