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.
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.