Rogue River (Wild & Scenic): Lower Section

Lower Rogue River

The mighty Rogue River flows 215 miles from its headwaters in Crater Lake National Park to the Pacific Ocean in Gold Beach, Oregon. It has two Congressionally-designated National Wild and Scenic sections: the Wild & Scenic Upper Rogue River and the Wild & Scenic Lower Rogue River! The 84-mile long Wild & Scenic Lower Rogue River was one of the original rivers designated under the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act of 1968, and carries that title from the mouth of the Applegate River to the Lobster Creek Bridge.

Designated for Outstandingly Remarkable Values that include Scenery, Recreation, and Fish, steelhead and salmon fishery, challenging whitewater, and extraordinary wildlife viewing opportunities have all made the Lower Rogue a national treasure. The Lower Rogue River is home to abundant species of wildlife, including black bear, river otter and Chinook salmon. Popular activities include whitewater rafting, fishing, kayaking, jet boat tours, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking and backpacking, and swimming.

The Wild Section of the Lower Rogue River is one of the most popular whitewater runs in the world, with permitted outfitters and guides taking visitors downriver throughout the summer and fall season. Unique among boating experiences, groups may float from lodge to lodge in sections of the Rogue, or camp along the banks for the full wilderness experience.  For the wild section, the most remote and challenging whitewater, competitively allocated float permits are required from May 15 - October 15. This section is managed cooperatively by both the RRSNF and the Bureau of Land Management's Medford District. Permitted shuttle services are available.

Those who would prefer traveling on foot can see the Lower Rogue via the 40-mile long Rogue River National Recreation Trail, which follows the entire length of the Wild section! Backpackers will venture into the Wild Rogue Wilderness; 15 miles of the trail will reward visitors with sweeping views and solitude.

For more information, watch the Rogue River Permit Guidelines Video.

Check out:
Rogue River Float Guide
More information on permits, trip planning, and safety
Oregon River Levels
Frequently Asked Questions

Wild Rogue River Map, Camping and Bear Information

The Scoop on Poop
Recommended Shuttle Routes


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Campground Camping

River and Stream Fishing

  • Fish Species: Spring and fall Chinook salmon, coho salmon, summer and winter steelhead, cutthroat trout
  • Fishing Access: 2 X 4
  • Fishing Methods: Fly, spin and bait
  • Angling Season: Year-Round
  • Depth and Size: N/A-? miles
  • Permitted Outfitters and Guides

Fishing License

Oregon state fishing license required. See Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for more information.

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Plants

Viewing Scenery

Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized


Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities