Raft or Kayak the Wild & Scenic Rogue River
Oregon › Wild & Scenic Section Rogue River
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- 34 mile rugged & beautiful section of the Wild Scenic Section of the Rogue River
- Up close encounters with an amazing abundance of wildlife including bald eagles, black bears, osprey, great blue heron, river otters
- Some of Pacific Northwest's best salmon, steelhead, and trout fishing
- Thrilling Class II-V rapids
- Rafting not your thing? No problem, hike the 34 mile section of the Rogue River Trail that hugs the canyon walls the whole way
- You can also camp along the river or kick back and spend an evening at one of the few lodges along the Rogue
- Inspiring Native American and early settler historical sites
The Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River is a hidden secret in the Pacific Northwest. This virtually untouched 34-mile section boasts some of the most pristine and secluded scenery in Oregon. Bald eagles, osprey, and black bears are frequently (if not always) spotted along the way. This beauty of a waterway, is also a beast, and should not be taken lightly. It is HIGHLY recommended that you either hire a rafting guide service (see link below) or if you have your own raft that you have strong experience with Class IV-V rapids and be very aware of the rapids along this section (see map below). This is a stunning river, but is rugged and has some very dangerous rapids if not negotiated appropriately. Please keep in mind there is minimal vehicle access to the river during this 34 mile section other than a few Resort Lodges (see below) toward the end as well as no phone service in the event of an emergency.
Things To Know:
The weather can change in an instant and anticipate that you will get wet one way or another (rain, rapids, etc). Be sure to have appropriate clothing and gear (listed below) as hypothermia is a real danger on the Rogue, even in the middle of summer. This particular section takes on average 3 days and there are various camp areas detailed along the way on the map to help plan amount of milage per day. Some of the camp areas have bear boxes and/or bear fences. Please use them as bears do frequent this area. Your guide service or you will have to arrange a shuttle for vehicles and trailer/raft for drop off at Grave's Creek Boat Ramp and Pick-up at Foster Bar. Prices vary depending on service chosen. Lottery permits are required between May 15th and October 15th for this 34 mile section and applications must be submitted between December 1st and January 31st (see link below for further info). Permits cost $10 per person per trip. Prior to or after these dates, or on sections not included between Grave's Creek and Foster Bar, permits are not required. Boats, kayaks, rafts must also have Invasive Species Permit and whistle.
Looking for something shorter or less challenging?
Smaller sections of Wild and Scenic Section are available that require less technical skill, suitable for soft-shell kayaks and can be done in one day: * Grant's Pass to Hog Creek: about 7 hrs (mostly flat water) * Hog Creek to Galice: about 3.5 hrs (Class I-II whitewater)
Wild & Scenic Section Map:
If hiring a guide service, they will likely recommend a list of gear for you to bring. Here are general recommendations for the 34 mile section:
- Raft with extra oars
- Life line and Life vests for all members
- Numerous waterproof duffles to store gear
- Gear net with extra tie downs
- Cooler for food and beverages
- Portable toilet (not all spots have vault toilets)
- Portable fire-pan/container
- Food and water for each day w/ extra in case of emergency
- Camp stove with extra fire igniters
- Map and compass/GPS and satellite phone (recommended if without guide)
- Waterproof clothing and jacket, moisture wicking layers, base layers, layers for hot days and cold evenings, (dry-suit/wet-suit recommended and neoprene socks)
- Water shoes
- Hiking boots
- Sunscreen and hat
- Bugs spray
- Bear protection
- Camera with waterproof case
- Fishing pole and gear
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad
- Flashlights and lantern
- Camp chairs/table
- Extra ziplocks/waterproof bags
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I've rafted down the John Day River many times before but last year was my first time on the Rogue. It was VERY beautiful with many many picture opportunities if that's what you like to do. There was tons of historic points along on the river that were fun to learn about also. Although I only did it once, rock climbing was a blast and many people in our group did it on many different points. In our group we had two people who also went along on two kayaks if that's something that would interest you. As there are many higher class rapids, I would recommend experience when it comes to rowing. My grandfather who had never been on the Rogue but has rowed for years and even been a guide had a hard time getting through one or two of the rapids so experience would definitely be important. Overall the Rogue is a beautiful, fun, and relaxing trip that I would definitely go again and recommend!
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