Southern Oregon Vacation Family Activities

Tour Boat Rides – Rogue River Jet Boat Rides

One of the unique outdoor activities found in Southern Oregon is our Whitewater Rogue River Tour Boat or Jetboat rides. These are found only on the Rogue River in these locations:

Upper Rogue River near Medford, Oregon has a small Tour Boat operator Rogue Jet Boat Adventures (541) 414-4182 for reservations.

Middle Rogue River at Grants Pass has a large Tour Boat operator in Hellgate Excursions (541) 479-7204.
966 SW 6th Street,
Grants Pass, Oregon 97526

Lower Rogue River Tour Boat operators Jerry’s Rogue Jets and Mailboats (541) 247-4571 book trips out of the same office in Gold Beach, Oregon.
29985 Harbor Way
Gold Beach, OR 97444

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Southern Oregon Vacation Hiking and Biking

Southern Oregon Hiking and Biking

Rogue River Country is littered with hiking and Biking trails. From the many mountain trails to the hidden beaches of the Oregon Coast.

Rogue River Country offers the hiker, horseback rider or bicyclist varied options for a great outdoor recreational vacation.

Rogue Country has thousands of square miles of secluded deciduous and old growth forests with hundreds of miles of  trail systems. Much of  this is high country, however coastal and ocean beach trails are also numerous. Abundant native forest plants and wildlife will keep you company while trekking along the hidden hiking trails. We don’t want to forget the traveled roads if you are looking for a ride or hike along Hwy. 101 or maybe through the back roads of Rogue River Country.

Visit our Hiking and Back Country page for more detailed information.

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Southern Oregon Vacation Activities - Whitewater Rafting

Southern Oregon Whitewater Rafting

Rogue River Country has great whitewater rafting.

Upper Rogue River near Medford and Ashland Oregon. The rafting trips here are 3 to 4 hour day trips from just above Shady Cove to Gold Hill Oregon. Raft rentals and outfitters are available at Shady Cove on Hwy 62 on the way to Crater Lake National Park.

Middle Rogue River from Gold Hill to Rogue River and Merlin to Galice. Merlin and Galice have Raft Rentals and Shuttle Services for day rafting trips. Guides or Outfitters are also available at Merlin located just a few miles north on I-5 of Grants Pass, Oregon.

Rogue River Canyon Whitewater Rafting is a 3 day long rafting trip with camping on gravel bars or staying at Historical Rogue River Canyon Lodges. Permit system exists during summer and fall months and Rafting Guides and Outfitters are generally needed.

Lower Rogue River rafting opportunities a little as the river is slower and there can be strong upriver wind making rafting difficult on many days. Rafting not recommended in this area.

Visit Our Whitewater Rafting Page for greater details.

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River Fishing

Visit our Southern Oregon Coast Vacations paradise with over 600 miles of Wild and Scenic river flowing west to meet the Pacific Ocean. All our rivers have fishing opportunities, visit our Oregon Fishing Page for details.

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Gold Beach Ocean Charters - Oregon Ocean Charters

Ocean Charters

Southern Oregon Ocean Charter Fishing

Deep Sea / Bottom / Halibut  / Tuna / Salmon

Outstanding Dungeness Crabbing off the port docks or in the bay. Very good Charters  for Salmon, Halibut, Tuna and Bottom Fish. With quality Skippers for your best Ocean Charter experience.

Go to our Ocean Charters Page for best Ocean Charter Information.

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Crabbing Trips

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All of our ports have some Ocean Crabbing but a few stand out as exceptional.

Crabbing: Crabbing is open year round in Oregon’s estuaries and bays. Shellfish License is required. Female Dungeness may not be harvested.

Bandon Oregon off the docks our with a Crabbing Charter. Visit Tony’s Crab Shack for Crab gear rentals and Information and a Oregon Shellfish License.

Coos Bay / Charleston / Empire – Crabbing Docks and Cleaning Stations.
Visit the Bites on Tackle Shop in Empire for rental gear and information.

Address: 750 Newmark Ave, Coos Bay, OR
Winchester Bay near Reedsport
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Southern Oregon Vacation Family Activities - Beachcobing & Whale Watching

Beachcombing & Whale Watching

Visit Our Oregon Coast Whale Watching Page

Charter boat and air services are available for modest fees at many locations for even closer experiences of gray whales and other sea life. Many of our Charter Boat members run Whale Watching Trips contact them directly for schedules and rates. Oregon State Parks Whale Watching site: Whale Watching Spoken Here

Visit Our Oregon Coast Beach Combing Page

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Oregon Coast Clamming

Mussels, bay, littleneck, soft-shell, butter, cockel and gaper clams are found in our bays and estuaries. Oregon Shellfish License required. Each clam digger or harvester is required to have their own bucket or container.

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Over one hundred fifty miles of Pacific Ocean shore line, with hundreds of hidden beaches and coast hiking trails. Only two states coast lines have all public beaches, Oregon and Hawaii, so enjoy our miles and miles of un-crowded beaches.

Coos Bay / Empire / Charleston have the best clamming in our area.

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Southern Oregon Vacation Family Activities - Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park Website

West Entrance is located Northeast of Medford, Oregon on Hwy 62 which travels up the Upper Rogue River.

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North Entrance is located East of Roseburg, Oregon near Diamond Lake on Diamond Lake Hwy, a stunning drive up the North Umpqua River. The North entrance can also be reached from Hwy 97 at Diamond Lake Junction then head west on of Oregon’s longest strait stretches of Hwy.

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The South Entrance to Crater Lake Hwy is likely the least used but also beautiful drive. Reached off Hwy 97 or Hwy 140 between Medford and Klamath Falls. The road to the entrance heads at Fort Klamath a very small ranching town.

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Travelers Tip enter one way and leave another. My are Hwy 62 and the Diamond Lake Hwy with Fort Klamath being a close call also.

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Family Activities - Orgon Caves National Monument

Oregon Caves National Monument

Oregon Caves National Monument located on Redwood Hwy west of Grants Pass, Oregon. The turn off to Caves  Rd. is at Cave Junction which is about 25 miles west of Grants Pass. A great tourist stop in the Summer and Fall months. The Oregon Caves are at a high elevation and are snowed in during winter months.

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Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Oregon Dunes National Monument

Oregon Dunes National Monument website.

Located on the Oregon Coast on Hwy 101, stretching approximately 40 miles north from the Coos River in North Bend, to the Siuslaw River, in Florence.

Wind-sculpted sand dunes towering to 500 feet above sea level provide numerous recreational opportunities including off-highway vehicle use, hiking, photography, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding and camping. Visitors enjoy thick ?tree islands?, open dunes, marsh-like deflation plains and beaches. The Carter Dunes Trail and Oregon Dunes overlook provide disabled access for forest visitors.

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Southern Oregon Horseback Riding

Oregon Horseback Riding

Rogue Country has thousands of square miles of secluded deciduous and old growth forests with hundreds of miles of trail system. Much is high country, however coastal and ocean beach trails are also numerous. Native Wildlife and forest plants keep you company in your travels on hidden trails. Horseback ride the mountain trails with old growth forest and cold as ice springs. Visit remote streams and mountain lakes, canyons that are fern and covered. View Pacific Ocean vistas and secluded beaches. And we don’t want to forget the traveled roads if you are looking for a horseback ride along Hwy. 101 or maybe through the back roads.

There are many choices for the horseback rider, taking your own horses on one of many trails from U.S. Forest Service and BLM riding trails is a great choice, there are many options. There are rules in place to protect Back Country areas from noxious weeds;  if you plan to bring your horses please review the rules found in the Horseback Riding links listed.

Visit our Horseback Riding page

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Southern Oregon Golf Courses

Southern Oregon Golf and Golf Courses a guide to Southern Oregon Golf. Southern Oregon is blessed with great weather and great Oregon Golf Courses from the Bandon Dunes three courses to the Running Y Ranch Resort, Southern Oregon Golf is some of the best Golf in the nation. Running Y Ranch Resort/ coast / Coast / Pacific Trails / Bandon Dunes / Pacific Dunes / Running Y Ranch Resort / Salmon Run Pleasant weather with views of the Pacific Ocean or the rugged snow capped Cascade Mountains, Southern Oregon Golf will suit your Golfing desires. Our Golfing page will list the great amount of area Southern Oregon Golf opportunities available for your best Southern Oregon Golf Vacation.

“Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it’s called Golf”     Will Rogers

Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled “Gentlemen Only…Ladies Forbidden”…and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language. (anonymous)

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