Rogue Life

Roger Goth – Middle Fork Salmon Guide

Roger Goth grew up in Grants Pass, Oregon, and first floated the Rogue River in 1982. He worked on the Rogue for a number years and currently guides in Idaho on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. During the winter he teaches at a middle school in Eugene, Oregon, and spends his off-days outside in the snow or on the water with his dog, Tyee.

The Interview

What is your connection to the Rogue River?

Former guide (maybe become one again when I’m sick of the Middle Fork) and private boater. Worked for Orange Torpedo Trips, Rogue River Raft Trips (BA Hanten) and River Trips Unlimited with Irv Urie.

How long have you been recreating or working on the Rogue?

As long as I can remember. My dad started guiding in 1969 and introduced me to the river young. First private trip in 1982 and started guiding in 1991.

What are your favorite qualities of the Rogue River?

Outstanding scenery, great rapids, with just enough relaxation in between.

Favorite places on the Rogue?

In my boat on the river…… Marial Lodge…. Mule Creek Canyon…

Is there a sense of community on the Rogue?

Many people I know are Rogue boaters and I’m always bumping into people I know in Canyon. Many new friends are made too. I am home when I’m boating the Rogue.

What role has the Rogue played in your life?

The Rogue played a role in shaping who I am. Growing up in Grants Pass, I was fortunate to meet many great boaters and learned to kayak and row on the Rogue. It fueled my desire to be on the river as much as possible, also leading to my career choice as a teacher, freeing up my summers to guide.

What is the personality of the Rogue?

The Rogue can be mellow or it can be mean. Take it for granted you will get bit.

Any last words?

The Rogue Is Home. The perfect place to recharge.