The renowned Rogue River is Oregon’s third longest rivers and one of the most popular destinations for whitewater rafting in the state. Originating at its headwaters in the Cascades of Oregon (near Crater Lake), the Rogue travels west 215 miles through the Klamath Mountains ending the Pacific Ocean in Gold Beach Oregon.
Besides being a west coast classic, the Rogue River is special due to its pristine beauty, breathtaking scenery, and diverse plant life – hosting numerous plant species not found anywhere else in the word. Due to its temperate coniferous forest and proximity to the coast, it offers a sort of “green belt” for river rafting with lush forests and mystic mountain air.
The Rogue River is home to 84 miles of National Wild and Scenic River which are specially protected rivers that are specifically known for free-flowing conditions, water quality and have remarkable scenic, recreational, fish and wildlife history values. These criteria led Congress to add them to Wild and Scenic River Systems and put them under special protection. The Rogue River was one of the original eight rivers designated in 1968.
The mountains around the Rogue River can range from relatively modest hills in the Coastal Range to impressive, tall peaks in the Cascade Range. Throughout their trip rafters will experience steep canyon walls with relief of 3,000 – 4,000ft. This impressive relief is found throughout the Wild & Scenic river section and includes surrounding mountains such as Bobs Garden Mountain (4,265ft), Mule Mountain (2,700ft) and Panther Ridge (3,200ft).
Tributary rafting trips run the Wild & Scenic section of the Rogue where there are many sandy beaches to enjoy and options of side hikes. In fact the Rogue River Trail follows the river for 40 miles, offering the opportunity to explore some of the surrounding area via hiking or trail running.
Nestled amidst the picturesque Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, this scenic waterway offers a variety of rapids suitable for all skill levels. From mild Class II rapids for beginners to heart-pounding Class IV challenges (with the option to walk around), the Rogue River promises an unforgettable journey through its emerald-green canyons and cascading waterfalls.
Those looking to upgrade their rafting trip camping accommodations can do so and stay at several riverside lodges along the way. (Must be reserved in advance, connect with us for more information.)
The Rogue River is renowned for its stunning scenic beauty, characterized by deep canyons, lush forests, and rugged terrain. The river passes through diverse landscapes, including alpine meadows, coniferous forests, and canyons.
Spanning 215 miles from the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness to the Pacific Ocean, the Rogue River holds a deep historical and natural legacy. The Rogue River Basin is among the four most diverse temperate coniferous forests of this kind in the world, which contains 3,500 different plant species! An abundance of trees such as the incense cedar, white fir, ponderosa, and manzanita cover the surrounding canyon. The Rogue is a special place for wildflowers as well, especially in the springtime.
The diverse and thriving ecosystem supports an abundance of wildlife as well, starting with the Salmon in the water. Bald eagles, blue heron and osprey offer regular entertainment throughout the day. River otter, deer (black tail deer to be exact), elk and black bear are regular sightings for the keen eye.
In the mid-1800s, the Rogue River drew gold seekers and settlers after the 1850 Donation Land Act, leading to a gold rush that yielded over $70 million in precious metal. Mining remnants still dot the landscape. Yet, the land’s history also intertwines with Native American tribes, specifically the Tolowa and Takelma. The Rogue River Wars of 1855-1856 brought tragic conflict, forcing survivors onto reservations, where their culture and language faced significant challenges. Battle Bar stands as a reminder of these events, highlighting the Takelma’s way of life—reliant on salmon, wildlife, and earth-dug homes. The influx of settlers disrupted their existence, leading to their relocation to the Oregon coast.
We hold deep the respect for the ancestral lands on indigenous communities, particularly the river canyons within state and federal territories where we operate. Along the Rogue River, spanning from Alameda Bar to Foster Bar, we honor the traditional territories of the Tolowa Dee-ni’, Takelma, Modoc, Cow Creek Umpqua, Tututni, as well as the Confederated Tribes of Soletz Indians and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.
Acknowledging the Indigenous communities whose lands we visit is a crucial step in understanding our shared history and the ongoing challenges faced by these populations today. For more insight, visit our Territory Acknowledgement page. We encourage you to learn about the people whose land we’re privileged to explore by following the links above. Our Territory Acknowledgement is an evolving project. If you find missing information or acknowledgments, please share it with us. Together, we can ensure accuracy, inclusivity, and respect. Thank you.
Acknowledging the Indigenous communities whose lands we visit is a crucial step in understanding our shared history and the ongoing challenges faced by these populations today. For more insight, visit our Territory Acknowledgement page. We encourage you to learn about the people whose land we’re privileged to explore by following the links above.
Our Territory Acknowledgement is an evolving project. If you find missing information or acknowledgments, please share it with us. Together, we can ensure accuracy, inclusivity, and respect. Thank you.