About the Area
The City of Rogue River, just off Interstate 5, is nestled along the banks of the famous Rogue River in southwestern Oregon. Perched at an elevation just 1,000 feet above sea level, the city is in the heart of a region where three mountain ranges meet. These three ranges – the Cascades, the Siskiyous, and the Coast Range – meet in the Rogue Valley to create an enviable climate. Warm, dry summers with cool evenings, and moderate winters provide an opportunity to enjoy country living at its best.
The city is within two hours drive of mountain skiing, and just two hours away from the spectacular ocean beaches of Southern Oregon. Lakes and streams with fine fishing are barely an hour away. But many residents and visitors prefer to fish closer by, in the stream from which the city took its name. The Rogue River’s native trout, salmon and steelhead are justifiably famous among anglers.
The city of Rogue River counts some 2,000 inhabitants. The surrounding countryside includes a service area of another 14,000 people. Grants Pass is only 8 miles west on Interstate 5 and Medford is 18 miles east. Come and discover the charm of small town Oregon living at its best.
Besides the obvious ways to play on the river – fishing, boating, sailing, skiing, and just relaxing – the area around Rogue River is full of things to see and do:
- Palmerton Arboretum features fine collection of specimen trees and access to Evans Creek.
- The city’s other parks – Coyote Evans, Fleming, and Anna Classick – have facilities for horseshoes, tennis, and boat ramps.
- Valley of the Rogue State Park (three miles away on Interstate 5) offers complete camping and RV facilities on the river.
- The Woodville Museum features a notable collection of pioneer artifacts.
- The old town jail has been rebuilt on the lawn behind the Museum.
Take a short hike to spectacular Rainie Falls and watch steelhead and salmon make gravity-defying leaps up the steep falls as they have for thousands of years. Every year anglers and adventurers arrive from all over the world to fish the salmon runs made world famous by the likes of Zane Grey and Clark Gable. Find your own favorite fishing hole, or hire a drift boat guide and spend an entire day discovering the secret haunts of Steelhead and Chinook.
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In 1968 the federal government created the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to protect the finest recreational rivers in the Country. The Rogue River is one of these spectacular natural beauties and it is legendary for its rich wildlife, clear waters and excellent fishing. Spend a day rafting and soaking up the sun, as bald eagles, great blue heron, and osprey glide through the air above. If you’re feeling adventurous, book a rafting trip down the Wild and Scenic section of the river – it’s world class whitewater at its best.
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Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
With close to 2 million acres of federally protected land, 200 miles of spectacular rivers, and over 300,000 acres of pure wilderness we think you’ll find something you like in this incredible national forest.
Rogue Wilderness Adventures is your gateway to this beautiful and pristine wilderness area. For over 34 years Rogue Wilderness Adventures has been the leader in adventure travel on Oregon’s Rogue River. For more click here.
Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center was founded as a non-profit corporation in 1981 to provide for the care and treatment of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife, and offer educational programs on wildlife, conservation and the environment to schools, organizations and the general public. Approximately 80 percent of the mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians surviving their initial injuries are returned to the wild. Animals with permanently disabling injuries that make them unable to live in the wild, if possible, are integrated into one of Wildlife Images educational programs. Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education center is open for public tours, free of charge, throughout the year, and has a very active educational outreach component. For more click here.
In the wintertime, the snow level comes within a few thousand feet of Paradise Ranch – covering nearby mountains with a blanket of snow, but keeping the golf course available for year round play. Nordic back country skiers have endless trails to choose from in the surrounding Siskiyou Mountains, while alpine skiers can head to nearby Mt. Ashland. This year the ski resort received 178” of snow and offered some of the best skiing conditions in the state.
It’s only a 75 mile drive to visit one of America’s crown jewels, Crater Lake National Park. No matter what season it is, this natural beauty offers hiking, biking and cross country skiing opportunities.
Entertainment & Art
Less than an hour away, the town of Ashland will enchant you. Ashland’s claim to fame is the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) – one of the nation’s oldest and largest repertoire theatres.
Nearby Jacksonville is home to the Britt Festivals, which presents summer concerts in their open-air amphitheater. Bring your picnic and enjoy performances by top R&B, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Country performers. The Britt also hosts a dedicated Britt Classical season, featuring world renowned guest performers. Over 42 concerts are offered every season which extends from June to September.
The Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater:
Just a few miles south in Medford the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater offers entertainment from around the world. From the Moscow Ballet to our own Rogue Valley Symphony.
Entertainment in Grants Pass:
Grants Pass offers a uniquely diverse selection of performing arts theatres, concerts, and festivals. In the summer months the town is filled with activities, with First Friday Art Walks, Concerts in the Park every Tuesday night, July-September, and the Art Along the Rogue Festival held every October. The Grants Pass Performing Arts Center houses two theaters and three performance classrooms. The main theater has the largest stage in southern Oregon, and offers an exceptional array of music and theatrical performances throughout the year. Less than an hour away, the town of Ashland will enchant you. Ashland’s claim to fame is the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) – one of the nation’s oldest and largest repertoire theatres.
Seven Feathers Casino:
Seven Feathers Casino Resort is nestled in historic Canyonville, situated in beautiful Southern Oregon north of Grants Pass. The Casino combines day time and night time fun featuring Nevada-style gaming, luxurious accommodations, first class dining, convention center and space, nightly entertainment, RV Resort, pool & spas, arcade, Gift Gallery, and the nearby 18-hole Myrtle Creek Golf Course.
Medical care in Medford is first rate. Many of our conveniently located clinics offer onsite laboratory, radiology and physical therapy services. Providers offer expertise in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, cardiology, surgery and physiatry.
Providence Medford Medical Center is a 168 bed acute care hospital offering patients and families some of the finest, most comprehensive cancer services in the world, including the best in diagnostic imaging, state-of-the-art treatments, nationally renowned-research, and compassionate counseling and support. Providence Medical group has more than 50 physicians and 217 nurses, with over 1,100 employees in all on a 20 acre campus, including a clinic in Eagle Point.
Rogue Valley Medical Center is a 378 bed acute care hospital on 26 acres, with 431 physicians, 866 nurses; a total of 2,343 employees. Their experience combined with the latest technology makes them the top choice for heart care in southern Oregon and northern California. RVMC pioneered the regions first open heart surgery program and cardiac catheterization lab and have performed more than 12,000 open heart surgeries and chosen as one of the top 100 cardiovascular facilities in the nation.