Rogue River
Rafting: Rogue River, Oregon
Oregon's Rogue River in one of its memorable quiet moments. (courtesy, O.A.R.S.)
Rogue River at a Glance
Price: $$
River Rapid Class: Wild & Scenic section: III-IV; Hellgate section: I-II
Trip in Miles: Wild & Scenic section: 35 miles; Hellgate recreational section: 14 miles
Trip Duration: Wild & Scenic section: 3 to 5 days; Hellgate section: 1 to 2 days
Season: Wild & Scenic section: May-October; Hellgate section: April-September
Raft Types: Paddle Raft, Oar Raft, Inflatable Kayak
River Sections: Wild, Hellgate Canyon
Nearby Towns: Grants Pass (OR)
Gateway City: Grants Pass (OR)
Driving Times: Medford (OR): 0.5 hours; Portland (OR): 4.5 hours

In 1968, the Rogue was selected in the first round of Wild and Scenic Rivers. The river begins near Crater Lake National Park and cuts a dashing swath through the Coastal Range until it reaches the Pacific at Gold Coast. River travelers experience a region of dense forests and wooded canyons rich with wildlife. The lovable Rogue is both seductive and hard to get. Grave Creek to Foster Bar is the classic run on this river: If you want to give it a go, you can either enter a lottery (one in ten chance of winning) or hitch up with an outfitter. The upstream stretch through Hellgate Canyon is a milder Class I to II run, and shorter.

Published: 31 May 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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