The Wild & Scenic section of the Rogue River is a 36 mile stretch of river that traverses through a wild, rugged, and remote area of southwestern Oregon. This special section of river is a major attraction that travelers from all over the world seek to experience. The Wild & Scenic stretch of river differentiates itself from the rest of the Rogue with a special congressional designation that protects the river and corridor from future development. The Rogue River has enjoyed this designation since being one of the original eight Wild & Scenic Rivers designated in 1968.

It is hereby declared to be the policy of the United States that certain selected rivers of the Nation which, with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing condition, and that they and their immediate environments shall be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Congress declares that the established national policy of dams and other construction at appropriate sections of the rivers of the United States needs to be complemented by a policy that would preserve other selected rivers or sections thereof in their free-flowing condition to protect the water quality of such rivers and to fulfill other vital national conservation purposes.
— Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, October 2, 1968

Why the Rogue River?

The Wild & Scenic stretch of the Rogue River may be one of the best multi-day river journeys in North America because of the quality of the river and canyon. Visitors travel to the Rogue River for a number of reasons – and each is world-class:

Rapids by day, camping by night
The whitewater on the Rogue River is just plain fun. The Rogue has just the right combination of fun rapids that are also challenging. Nights are often spent along one of the many beautiful camps nestled against the river.

Rogue River Trails
The Rogue River Trail is well maintained and offers amazing views of the Rogue River and its numerous tributaries. In addition to the main trail, there are excellent spur trails to get you off the beaten path and into the heart of the Wild Rogue Wilderness.

Wilderness Lodges
Despite the remoteness of the Rogue River canyon, a number of impressive wilderness lodges are available for a nights stay throughout a Rogue River trip. These lodges were “grandfathered” into the Rogue River system because they existed prior to the Wild & Scenic Rivers designation.