The Rogue River is one of the most amazing natural wonders in Southern Oregon. It’s world famous, with people traveling from around the globe to raft its wild waters, hike nearby trails, and soak in the rich cultural history.

Fortunately, this river is just a short drive from Phoenix, and makes a great addition to your summer vacation. With so much to experience, you could spend days discovering this spectacular river.

This River is Rogue

The headwaters of the Rogue River are on the western slopes of Mt. Mazama, in Crater Lake National Park. More than 200 miles later, the river drops into the Pacific Ocean at Gold Beach.

Along the way, there are deep canyons, relaxing meadows, beautiful rock formations, old growth forests and a variety of whitewater rafting options, ranging from Class I to IV.

There are also many parks and camping spots, so you can extend your journey for multiple days.

Many Hiking Options

Centuries after native tribes — and eventually miners and settlers — walked the steep and wild canyon of the lower Rogue River, the Rogue River Trail is an epic 37-mile hiking adventure. It’s a true test of stamina, but an amazing experience. While there are wilderness lodges located along the trail (Black Bar, Marial, Paradise, and Halfmoon are favorites), spectacular camping sites along the river and trail offer backpackers an intimate wilderness experience.

Rafting the Rapids

No trip to the Rogue River is complete without rafting. Whether you want to experience a four-day wilderness adventure through the exciting Wild & Scenic section, or take it easy on a day trip, the Rogue has it all.

From the relaxing upper floats at Shady Cove (check out Rapid Pleasure for raft rentals), to the beginning of the lower canyon near Galice Resort, the Rogue River has a wide range of river adventures. Phoenix, Oregon’s Indigo Creek Outfitters offers both short trips (Rogue Valley Rapid Run) and multi-day trips on the Wild & Scenic section of the Rogue.

Fishing for the Perfect Catch

Every angler — whether you’re an amateur or have years of experience — must fish on the Rogue River. The waters are abundant with legendary salmon and steelhead, which have attracted anglers since the late 1800s.

The most popular fish of the Rogue basin are native spring and fall chinook salmon, coho salmon, and summer and winter steelhead. In late summer and fall, you can fish for the immature steelhead known as “half-pounders”.

A River That Has Everything

The Rogue River has been a desirable destination for decades. And being just a short drive from Phoenix, it’s the perfect summer trip.