Hugh Hague is the owner of Noah’s Wilderness Adventures. He grew up in the river outfitting industry and first discovered the Rogue as a kid in 1976. He lives in Phoenix, Oregon.
What is your connection to the Rogue River?
I am the owner of Noah’s Wilderness Adventures. We have operated in the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue river since 1997. My family has been in the Outfitting Industry since 1974.
When did you first discover the Wild & Scenic section of the Rogue?
My first experience in the Rogue river canyon was in 1976. My father Noah was an avid boater and shared the Rogue with me and my brothers from an early age. Noah purchased our permit from Mel and Diane Norrick in 1997. Noah retired in 2006 and I have operated our family business since his retirement.
What are your favorite qualities of the Rogue River?
The isolation on the Rogue allows me a sense of peace and serenity. I have always enjoyed the Wildlife on the Rogue. From a young age I was always the kid who wanted to spot that Bear first. The Rogue has many unique qualities that you do not find on any other river.
Favorite spot on the Rogue?
Mule Creek Canyon has always been my favorite. It demands your attention to stay focused, but it also distracts you with how beautiful it is.
What’s the Rogue River community like?
I feel a common bond with the users on the Rogue. We all have the same objectives to enjoy what the Rogue has to offer and the desire to protect her from change.
How has the Rogue River shaped your life?
The Rogue has always been a part of my life. I now view it as sanctuary where I can separate myself from the stresses of daily life and truly relax. I would say it changes my life every time I have the chance to be there.
Does the Rogue River have a personality?
The Rogue has many personalities. She can be very calm and soothing and she can also remind you that she is in charge and you had better stay focused and give the respect that she has earned and deserves.
It was probably 20 plus years ago when some friends and I did a Winter Steelhead trip through the canyon in February. The river had just dropped from a big rain. I chose not to scout the fish ladder at Rainey Falls. As the first boat through I encountered a pretty large tree in the ladder and did a complete boat wrap. It took hours to free my boat as well as z-drag the tree out for the rest of the river users. I learned that day not to assume that things have not changed.
Any last words?
The Rogue is a very special place for my family and I. Not only do I have the memories as a child, but I now get to make similar memories with my children. My 15 year old daughter Hannah loves being on our commercial trips. She sets up tents and helps in the kitchen. She is able to interact with people from all over the world. She talks about the Rogue as if its a magical place. I’m not sure if I would disagree with her.