The Rogue River is located in southwestern Oregon and flows 215 miles from Crater Lake to the Pacific Ocean. The 84 mile, Congressionally designated "National Wild and Scenic" portion of the Rogue begins 7 miles west of Grants Pass and ends 11 miles east of Gold Beach.
Steelhead and salmon fishery, challenging whitewater, and extraordinary wildlife viewing opportunities have made the Rogue a national treasure. Black bear, river otter, black-tail deer, bald eagles, osprey, Chinook salmon, great blue heron, water ouzel, and Canada geese are common wildlife seen along the Rogue River. Popular activities include: whitewater rafting, fishing, jet boat tours, scenic driving, hiking, picnicking, and sunbathing.
Cutting across the Coast Range and the Rouge River-Siskiyou National Forest, the Wild and Scenic Rogue River begins near Crater Lake in the Cascade Mountains and splashes its way to the Pacific Ocean. From the Crater Lake National Park boundary downstream to Prospect, the Upper Rogue is paralleled by a major highway and tourist route from the park. Its diverse landscape includes pumice flats, deep gorges and chutes, and unique ecological systems.
The Wild Section of the (lower) Rogue River is one of the most popular whitewater runs in the world. Its popularity is heightened by a steady water level due to dams upstream, hot, sunny summer weather, and exciting whitewater rapids through lush forests and steep canyons. The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest manages the Wild Section of the Rogue, 35 miles of whitewater racing through the Wild Rogue Wilderness.
Hellgate Recreation Section - Applegate River to Grave Creek (BLM) - 27 miles
Wild Section - Grave Creek to Mule Creek (BLM) - 19.5 miles
Wild Section - Mule Creek to Watson Creek (USFS) - 12.9 miles
Recreation Section - Watson Creek to Blue Jay Creek (USFS) - 10.5 miles
Scenic Section - Blue Jay Creek to Slide Creek (USFS) - 7.5 miles
Recreation Section - Slide Creek to Lobster Creek (USFS) - 6.6 miles
Rogue National Wild and Scenic River Total Length - 84 miles
Due to its popularity, managers have limited access to the Wild Section of the Rogue River in order to protect the river and the Wild Rogue Wilderness from overuse. This helps enhance the Wilderness experience for floaters.
It has a 12 mile "wild section" within the Wild Rogue Wilderness that requires a permit to float from May 15 to November 15. Good whitewater boating skills are necessary. There are several ways to obtain a noncommercial permit to float the Wild Rogue River during the "regulated use" season.
Starting at Gold Beach, OR, travel north 1.5 miles on US Hwy 101 to County Road 595. Turn right and go 11 miles to Lobster Creek bridge where the road becomes Forest Road 33. This road proceeds upstream 33 miles along the Rogue River. The next 25 miles of river are accessible on by trail or boat.