Thrilling whitewater adventures, mild or rigorous hikes, wildlife spotting and peaceful solitude are some of the features of this long and wild river in Southern Oregon.
Kayak and raft over the fast-moving rapids of the Rogue River and enjoy scenic hikes amid the wild terrain that surrounds it. This long waterway flows for 215 miles (346 kilometers), beginning its journey near Crater Lake and ending at the Pacific Ocean.
Experience a range of thrilling outdoor adventures in a remote and picturesque section designated by Congress as the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River. Extending for 84 miles (135 kilometers), it is located amid a wilderness of cliffs, mountain creeks, forests and waterfalls.
Embark on a rafting or kayaking expedition. Travel on your own or with one of the adventure companies that serve the river. Choose from single and multiday excursions for all abilities, from first-timers to experienced boaters, with overnight stays in tents or lodges. Another way to zip through the water is on a piloted jet boat trip. Head for the Hellgate Recreation Area to swim, raft, sunbathe and camp.
Hike through the surrounding wilderness. Trek along parts or all of the Rogue River National Recreation Trail, a 40-mile (64-kilometer) route that follows the north bank of the river as it heads toward the Pacific Ocean. Fishing for salmon and steelhead is very popular. You may see other wildlife: bald eagles, Canada geese, otters, deer, raccoons and bears.
Visit Rogue River’s cultural sites. Stop at Whisky Creek Cabin, which dates back to the area’s gold rush era of the 1860s. It is one of the oldest, still-standing mining cabins in the lower Rogue River canyon. Tour the Rand National Historic Site, a ranger station compound consisting of historic wood-frame buildings. Travel to the Rogue River Ranch, an old homestead that has been restored to appear as it did in the early 20th century. Inside is a small museum.
The wild section of the Rogue River is regulated. For details of seasons and permits for floating, hiking, boating and other activities, visit the official website of the Bureau of Land Management.