Rogue River Canyon Rafting

Rogue River Canyon Rafting - Rogue River Canyon Whitewater RaftingNational Wild and Scenic Rivers

The Rogue River was one of the original eight rivers declared outstanding in nature in Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of October 2, 1968

The Rogue was one of the original eight rivers included in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. With its famous Steelhead and Salmon angling, challenging whitewater and extraordinary wildlife-viewing opportunities. The Rogue continues to be one of the world’s most popular recreation destinations. The 43-mile Wild section features predominantly Class III (or less) rapids, and includes thundering Rainie Falls (Class V) and breathtaking rapids at Mule Creek Canyon (Class III) and Blossom Bar (Class IV).


The Wild and Scenic designated section of the Rogue River starts west of  Grants Pass, near where the Rogue’s 2nd largest tributary stream the Applegate River joins with the main stem Rogue River. The river soon turns north traveling flowing through the misterious Hellgate Canyon then past the lovely Indian Mary Park and into Taylor Creek Canyon.

One of the best Rogue River Canyon Rafting guide is found at American Whitewater Website.

The Rogue River Canyon was once home to Zane Gray as a retreat to write and go fly fishing for Summer Steelhead. On your Whitewater journey you will pass his old cabin along the way at Winkle Bar.

The Rogue bends sharply west at Grave Creek and begins some serious drop which means whitewater in class 3 to 5 type rapids. Graves Creek Falls and Rainey Falls are a wakeup for what’s to come. Past Whiskey Creek and Zane Grey’s cabin the river slows to lull the traveler but soon awakens again.  Wild Section of the Rogue River begins at Graves Creek.

The Rogue River Canyon’s white waters cut through the rock walls of Mule Creek Canyon and the boulder-strewn boat eating Blossom Bar Rapids. The river then slows in Huggins Canyon (said to have waters 200 foot deep). At Agness the Rogue’s largest tributary the Wild and Scenic Illinois River joins the Rogue’s main stem in flowing through Copper Canyon. Below Copper Canyon, the Rogue slows and widens, fishing is great here. The Wild and Scenic Designation ending at Lobster Creek which is 8 river miles up from the Pacific Ocean. The fishing town of Gold Beach sits at the rivers mouth with thousands of anglers visit annually to match skills with both Salmon and Steelhead the Rogue River is famous for.

Rogue River Canyon Rafting - Rogue River Canyon Whitewater Rafting

Featured Rogue River Canyon Rafting Outfitter:

O.A.R.S. Adventures

Rogue River Whitewater Rafting


Rogue River Canyon Rafting Permits

Rogue River Canyon Rafting trips are limited access by draw only during the summer and fall seasons, administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the USFS Siskiyou National Forest. Historic Canyon Outfitters have permitted launch dates and can book your trip with a phone call.

Rogue River Canyon Rafting Permit Contact Info

BLM River Permits
Rand BLM Smullin Visitor Center
14335 Galice Road, Merlin, Or. 97532
(541) 479-3735 FAX (541) 479-0535
e-mail: or110rr@or.blm.gov

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