Dove Miller is a guide for Noah’s Wilderness Adventures. She studied Botany at Lane Community College and lives in Eugene, Oregon.
What is your connection to the Rogue River?
Raft guide for Noah’s Wilderness Adventures.
How long have you been recreating or working on the Rogue?
What are your favorite qualities of the Rogue River?
I love the amount of wildlife on the Rogue. In the spring when the wildflowers are popping you begin to see the black bears awakening from their hibernation, the spot on their side they slept still showing. Golden eagles, bald eagles, king fishers, huge sturgeon, salmon and river otters. In the fall you see many more bears and the trees change color and the salmon and steel head make their runs. It is just incredible to get to see such a diverse amount of animals and ecosystems in one area.
Favorite spot on the Rogue?
I always try and catch the confluence of the west and main fork of Mule Creek at a full moon.
Is there a sense of community on the Rogue?
I’ve met some of my best friends on the Rogue. There is a bond that forms between people who love the river. You share something that cant be taken away.
Most folks who know the Rogue intimately seem enthusiastic to tell it’s many tales. From high water to low or the history of those who have lived along the banks.
How has the Rogue River shaped your life?
When I was a little girl I did not know who I would become. As a young adult I had to reflect on what made me truly happy. The journey has brought me to living simply and doing what I love which is guiding. I have become the woman I am today through my experiences on the river. It has taught me that the only thing that stops me from being my best self is me. Being able to share and empower others by supporting them through challenges on the water and off has allowed me to be part of my own internal change and that of many others.
What is the character of the Rogue?
The character of the river changes as you go down the wild and scenic section. The geology changes constantly, the plants and different ecosystems change along with the landscape. From Oak savannas, to old growth forests and vertical canyon walled in gorges.
The personality of the rogue is to be interpreted individually. Treat her well and she will do the same for you.
Any last words?
The Rogue has been a constant in my life. When I return to the boat launch and begin the familiar pattern of rigging for another trip it feels like I’m going home again. It is a magical place that touched and changed the lives of so many. I know I would not be the person I am today were if not for having the chance to work in such a special place.