Mile by Mile Map from the Humbug Mountain State Park to Pistol River State Scenic View Point

310.7 mile marker is a viewpoint with beach access to the rocky shore below. The fishing for rockfish should be good for those with the energy to hike down to the rocky shore to fish for them.

313.6 Arizona Pond at the Arizona Beach State Recreation Area is a small pond stocked with catchable rainbow trout. However fishing is restricted to children under the age of 17.

Arizona beach offers excellent fishing for redtail surfperch and is open to anglers of all ages. Travel directions from Gold Beach, drive 15 miles north on Hwy 101 to Arizona State Park Recreation Area. From Port Orford, drive approximately 15 miles south on Hwy 101.

313.8 Prehistoric Gardens is located on Hwy 101 on the Southern Oregon Coast, halfway between Gold Beach and Port Orford.

314.1 Sisters Rock is accessed by driving down to the beach with a 4 wheel drive vehicle or by parking at the pullout and walking to the fishing area. The fishing should be good for all species.

316.6 Ophir Beach at Euchre Creek has a renowned reputation for redtail surfperch.

317.0 Euchre Creek supports a small population of Chinook salmon.

Steelhead returning to Euchre Creek: Euchre Creek muddies slowly, and clears quickly. Like all south coast streams, Euchre Creek has a good wild steelhead run. Bank access to Euchre Creek is all through private property, but bank anglers who ask are generally allowed access to fish. This creek is too small and brushy for boats. Most anglers use roe, cast spinners or fly fish.

Cutthroat Trout by ODFW. The creek flows from small coastal streams entering the ocean often are obstructed by the annual movement of beach sand hendering the entry of salmonids on their migration upstream to spawn. The condition persists until the increased stream flow from seasonal rainfall clears the sediment from the mouth of the streams allowing the upstream of migrating salmonids and the outward migration of smolts into the ocean to occur.

317.0 Cedar Bend Golf Course is located via: Depart Euchre Creek Rd toward Coy Creek Rd. Bear right onto Coy Creek Rd, and then keep straight onto Ophir Rd. Turn left onto Cedar Valley Rd to the Cedar Bend Golf Course.

317.8 mile marker is the location of a viewpoint.

318.2 mile marker is the location of a viewpoint.

319.0 mile marker is the location of a Rest Stop.

320.9 Nesika Beach is a renowned location to fish for redtail surfperch. Redtail surfperch are the dominate perch species found along the sandy beaches from Nesika Beach to Cape Ferrelo Turn west onto Old Coast Highway then turn immediately right to only public access to the beach near the end of the old highway. Parking is limited to the side of the old highway.

324.0 The Old Coast Highway is the access to Otter Point State Wayside and Bailey’s Beach. Travel on the gravel road to Otter Point State Wayside is not recommended for travel trailers or RVs. Follow the trail to the beach. The fishing for redtail surfperch is excellent. Bailey’s Beach is listed by ODFW as a location to dig razor clams. Motor vehicles are allowed on the beach from Otter Point south to Meyer’s Creek.

326.3 mile marker is the location of an access to the Old Coast Road and the north jetty of the Rogue River Estuary.

327.0 mile marker is the location of the community of Wedderburn and the access road to the north jetty of the Rogue River Estuary. Libby Pond is located approximately 8 miles up the North Bank Rogue River Road and will be stocked prior to Free Fishing Weekend June 7-8 with 5,000 legal-sized trout and some trophy trout. Anglers are reminded that Libby Pond is private and no boats are allowed.

327.0 Baily Beach an excellent location to fish for redtail surfperch and dig for razor clams is approximately 3 miles long. Baily's Beach is located immediately north of the North Jetty. Most noted for the fact that you can drive your vehicle on it, this beach is also the closest beach to the Rogue Reef, which offers incredible views.

Access to Bailey Beach is easy:

•You can access from the Rogue River north jetty.

•You can access south of Rogue Shores via either vehicle or by foot.

•You can access north of Rogue Shores from several paths that lead to the beach. There is ample parking at each trailhead.

•You can access Bailey Beach by hiking on the Oregon Coast Trial south from Otter Point. The Oregon Coast Trail drops down to the beach at the north end. Bailey Beach can also be very pleasantly viewed from Otter Point. There is amble parking at Otter Point.

Access from the Rogue Shore community is discouraged. Public access is more appropriate either north or south of Rogue Shores.

327.3 Rogue River Estuary.

The Rogue River is longest coastal river originating within Oregon, while the length of its tidal reach is one of the shortest. The catch rate for spring and fall Chinook is the highest or any of Oregon’s coastal rivers ranging from low of 2000 to highs exceeding 15000 fish. The Rogue River bar is one of the easier bars to cross.

Internet Links of Interest for the Rogue River Estuary:

Click the following link to view the Marine Forecast available from NWS Medford, OR Zone Forecast: Coastal waters from Cape Blanco OR to Pt. St. George CA out 10 nm.

Click on the height of the river level for the Rogue River – At Agnes

Tidal Projections for the Rogue River Estuary at Wedderburn.

Click on the navigational hazards to avoid when crossing the Bar at the Rogue River Estuary.

The Coast Guard maintains a seasonal lifeboat station in the boat basin from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Click on the Oregon State Marine Board and click on Water Levels/Navigation listed under the column Safety and Education. Click on Rogue River Bar located under the column, Coastal Bar Chartlettes. The interactive PDF file webpage describes the navigational hazards that boaters encounter when crossing the Coquille River Bar.

NOAA's Bar Observation Website for Oregon's Bays. Check the NOAA Bar Observations website for updated closures and restrictions.

Crabbing ranges from poor to fair from summer to early fall from the Highway 101 Bridge seaward to the shoaling area depending on the amount of freshwater runoff from rainfall and/or snowmelt from the Cascades. Set your crabbing pots outside of the boating channels. Crabbing is allowed inside the boat basin but set the pots outside of the boating channels. Crabbing is allowed from the boat docks during the daylight hours. The Port does not provide lifejackets: you must use your own. Jot's Resort does not allow crabbing from their boat dock. We recommend checking with the Port of Gold Beach to make sure which of the port's docks are open for crabbing prior to making the trip.

Rogue River Estuary Tidal Conditions: The following underlined areas describe some of the dangerous tidal conditions affecting safe boating in the jetty channel or when crossing the bar at the Rogue River Bay as listed on the Web Page for Oregon State Marine Board at www.boatoregon.com.

Shoal water, south side. Along the south side of the Rogue River channel are shoal water and gravel bars. This shoal water breaks to a height of six feet when a swell is running. Many boaters fishing inside the river or trolling between the jetties find themselves set into this dangerous area by northwest winds. If a vessel breaks down in the channel and is not anchored, the northwest wind and ebb tide will set it into this dangerous area within a matter of minutes.

Point of Interest: the shoaling at the mouth of the Rogue River Estuary prior to the construction of the jetties on the Rogue and Chetco would create lagoons in low water years that served a nurseries for salmon smolts and a barrier for salmon migrating up-river to spawn. Today the entrance to the Rogue River Estuary is subject to the shoaling that use to close the mouth of the estuary prior to the construction of the jetties.

Outer end, north jetty. Breakers are almost always present here because of shoal water. When the sea is running from the west or southwest, it is particularly dangerous.

Outer end, south jetty. Breakers are almost always present. Even when it appears calm, there may be occasional breakers 1,000 feet outside the south jetty. When this sea is running from the west or southwest, this area is very dangerous.

The Rogue River channel lies along the north jetty. Under existing conditions, a channel 13 feet deep and 300 feet wide, extending from the ocean to the inner end of the north jetty, is provided. Boaters are urged to use and stay within this channel. The river entrance is subject to frequent shoaling and depth changes. Do not rely on charted depths.

Fishing Inside the Channel. During recent years small boats fish just inside the bar and troll in an area between the north and south jetties. Frequently, there are a great number of boats in this area and they tend to crowd each other. Because trolling is the most frequent fishing method lines can get caught accidentally in a boat propeller. Should this happen the disabled boat should anchor immediately or call for aid. A northwest wind or ebb tide could set a boat into a dangerous area in a matter of minutes.

The Coast Guard maintain a seasonal lifeboat station in the boat basin from June through the middle of September and can be reached on VHF-FM channel 12.

The Rogue reef is located northwest of the entrance to the Rogue River Estuary. The reef offers excellent fishing for salmon and rockfish for most of the year weather permitting. Fish for lingcod and black rockfish in the kelp forest located just north of the bar. The emphasis in the Rogue River Estuary is on Chinook salmon fishing, fishing for sturgeon and the redtail surfperch that enter the bay each spring.

Redtail surfperch enter the bay in spring. The perch fishing along the south jetty of the Rogue River Estuary has an excellent reputation for consistent catches of redtail surfperch. Surf Fishing on the southern coast of Oregon has a great reputation for excellence when fishing for redtail surfperch and the other species of surfperch.

Chinook salmon of the Rogue River are famous for the flavor of the spring run Chinook salmon. The spring run of Chinook salmon depend on their high fat content to sustain them until they spawn in the fall.

The Rogue River has both a spring and fall run of Chinook salmon, but it’s the spring run that generates the excitement. Both the spring and fall runs are dominated by 4 year old fish.

The Spring Run Of Chinook Salmon begins as early as the last week of March but usually during the first half of April and runs through May and into June. The best fishing usually occurs during late April through mid May and last into June. Spring Chinook, unlike their fall cousins spend very little time in tidewater. They enter the river as soon as they arrive. The high stream flow of spring is the trigger that initiates the upriver migration. Some Chinook pause briefly at the head of tidewater while others continue upriver to the spawning grounds. The Chinook are reluctant to bite when the water temperature of the river falls below 52 degrees. The spring Chinook’s exception to their fall cousin’s behavioral pattern of tidewater acclamation provides anglers with the opportunity to fish for upriver bright salmon whose flesh is at its optimum quality. The best fishing for spring Chinook occurs upriver from Elephant Rock. Understanding the water conditions is the key to successful fishing. Under normal conditions the color of the water is emerald green and the Chinook swim upriver on the inside of the river bends and the slower moving water below gravel bars or deep holes that is 4 to 6 feet deep. During low water conditions the water becomes extremely clear and the Chinook seek refuge by swimming in the darker water that is 8 but no more than 10 feed deep. When the water is flowing high and is stained or off color the Chinook resume their normal swimming pattern at depths of 4 to 6 feet or shallower.

Spring Chinook on the Roque is a dream come true for the man that makes Chinook salmon dance chasing his pantented spinners. For more information contact, Chuck at the Happy Hooker Tackle Company

The Rogue River Estuary Jetty is one the most popular locations to fish for returning fall Chinook salmon. The Rogue River Estuary is one of Oregon’s smallest deepwater bays and easily becomes overcrowded by anglers trolling for fall Chinook. Chinook salmon begin arriving as early as the last half of July but usually about the first week of August with fishable numbers returning the last half of August peaking in September and running into October. The best fishing occurs early in the run from the Highway 101 bridge seaward as the Chinook salmon move into and out of the bay with the tide awaiting the freshets of the seasonal rains. During the years with heavy snowmelt runoff originating in the Cascades returning fall Chinook forgo their typical fall migration behavioral pattern and migrate immediately upriver, in some years, as early as July. Troll with the incoming tide in the jetty channel along the north jetty from the jetty jaws to the Highway 101 Bridge or with the outgoing tide from the head of tidewater along the north shore towards Jots Resort then seaward to the jetty jaws. The entrance to the Port of Gold Beach in the jetty channel is a deep-water hot spot that produces a lot of fish.

Troll along the north jetty with a plug cut herring, Rogue Bait Rig and anchovy combination or with a rainbow colored spinner with green accents or a spinner with a hammered gold back and the front painted with 50/50 green and chartreuse spinner blade. The Rogue Bait Rig is comprised of a G–Spot spinner blade positioned ahead of beads and slip tied–double hooks and is sold complete and ready to fish at local bait and tackle shops. Tackle shop operators can advise which of the Rogue Bait Rigs is the most productive. The swift current of the Rogue River requires the use of sinkers up to 12 ounces. Attach the Rogue Bait Rig to the top leg of the spreader with a beaded chain swivel. Bait with an anchovy and you’re ready to fish.

Coho salmon enter the bay as early as August, but typically in September peaking in October and running through the first half of November. The best fishing occurs early in the run trolling either a plug cut herring, a Rogue Bait Rig with green and gold blade or a straight anchovy baited to a treble hook, spinners, hoochies or streamer flies against the incoming tide from elephant rock seaward. Troll these baits behind a wire spreader or a diver in the upper half of the water column. Trolling in the bay with rainbow, chartreuse or pink colored spinners or spinner bait combinations are also effective options. Remember Coho salmon prefer bait trolled at speeds from 3 to 5 knots.

Searun Cutthroat Trout: typically enter the majority of Oregon's bays and rivers from July through September but they enter some bays and river systems earlier or later based on various factors, such as life history, water temperature and flows in addition to weather conditions. The Umpqua and Rogue Rivers are subject to the effects of snowmelt with increased water flows and lower water temperatures. Timing is everything when fishing for searun cutthroat trout. Early returning searun cutthroat in addition to newly arriving searun cutthroat trout respond to lures and flies more aggressively than fish that have been in the river for an extended period of time.

Searun cutthroat trout are my favorite fish. Nothing compares to arriving on the river prior to dawn and taking a pair of 18 inch beauties on a fly rod at sunrise. Resident and fluvial cutthroat trout are common to many of Oregon's coastal rivers and streams. Resident cutthroat trout are just that; they live in the reach of the river or stream where they are found. Fluvial cutthroat live in the river or stream and migrate to another reach of the river or stream to breed, usually upstream. If there is a difference between the three classifications of cutthroat trout, then the difference is taste when they are cooked. When fried searun cutthroat trout are simply the best. There is an aspect of the cutthroat trout population that receives little attention and that is the cutthroat trout common to Oregon's lakes. Consider that prior to the intrduction of warm water fish species the Tenmile Lake Basin contained a dynamic population of cutthroat trout numbering in the tens of thousands. The diversity of the cutthroat trout does receive the credit it deserves. Check the ODFW Fishing Regulations for cutturoat trout.

Klamath Mountains Province Steelhead Project, 2001-02 Annual Report Report Number: OPSW-ODFW-2004-08

ESA Issues

A National Marine Fisheries Service status review concluded that KMP steelhead were threatened with extinction. In contrast, an ODFW evaluation concluded that summer steelhead (STS) populations were depressed, but the winter steelhead (STW) populations were healthy. Subsequent discussions lead to a deferral of the proposed ESA listing. Oregon agreed to terminate STW harvest in KMP streams (except the Rogue River Basin remained open) and to improve population assessments. Oregon also committed to development of population health goals for steelhead (first attempted for KMP steelhead).

Background

The KMP includes coastal basins from Cape Blanco to just south of the Klamath River in California. In Oregon, all basins produce STW, but STS are produced only in the Rogue River Basin. ODFW estimated that returns of wild steelhead to the Rogue River averaged about 20,000 STS in 1976-99 and about 43,000 STW in 1977-80. Returns of wild STW to other coastal streams have not been directly estimated.

Half-Pounders: Some KMP steelhead have an unusual life history, making a false spawning run after only 3-5 months in the ocean. These fish are known as "half-pounders" and are found only in the Rogue, Klamath, and Eel River basins. Steelhead of hatchery origin are released only in the Rogue River Basin and in the Chetco River.(odfw)

Steelhead returning to the Rogue River Basin: The Rogue River offers steelhead fishing opportunities nearly every month of the year. Winter steelhead migrate up the Rogue from December through May, followed by summer steelhead from May through November. A strong run of wild winter steelhead is supplemented by releases of hatchery fish in the Rogue and Applegate rivers. Winter steelhead provide a popular fishery on the Rogue River, but do not draw the huge crowds like spring chinook; therefore, anglers can enjoy a little more elbow room. Given the diversity of the rivers within the Rogue Basin, anglers can find water suitable for whatever fishing technique they enjoy.

Broaden your knowledge about by clicking on Steelhead and Half Pounders in the Rogue River Basin.

Returns of winter steelhead to the Rogue River and its tributaries are expected to be near average this winter. With favorable river conditions, anglers should experience good fishing throughout the basin. Several dams have been removed within the Rogue Basin over the last several years. Savage Rapids, Gold Hill and Gold Ray dams were taken out of the main stem Rogue River. This has greatly improved conditions for all of the Rogue’s native species, including winter steelhead. For anglers, this means more fishable water. In the areas once impounded by the dams there are now new riffles and runs – prime fishing water for winter steelhead. The dam removals also have reduced migratory delay and stress on fish, and improved chances for successful spawning and the likelihood of solid runs in years to come.

Even when winter freshets create high flows and turbid water, anglers can typically still find fishable water on the Rogue between Cole Rivers Hatchery and Big Butte Creek, where the clear outflow from Lost Creek Reservoir makes up most of the river’s flow. Following a freshet, the Illinois River clears more quickly than the Rogue or Applegate Rivers.(odfw)

Steelhead returning to the Lower Rogue River Winter steelhead fishing kicks off around Thanksgiving, but really picks up in mid-December. The steelhead run will usually peak sometime in late January, but steelhead fishing remains good thru March or early April. Regulations for the lower Rogue River change on Jan. 1 each year and anglers should review the regulations before heading out.

Anglers fishing either off the bank or from a jet boat can do equally as well, depending on the flow. Bank anglers will do the best when flows are around 10,000 cfs and dropping, while boat anglers do best when flows get down around 7000-8000 cfs and dropping at Agness. (Rogue River flows)

Plunking a Spin-N-Glo is the technique of choice for bank anglers. Steelhead in the lower river all migrate on the inside bends of the river in about one to three feet of water. Anglers new to the fishery can easily get all the information they need to be successful from watching and talking to other anglers on the gravel bar.

Public access is very good from the top of tide all the way to Quosatana Campground, approximately 15 miles.

Running plugs is the number one technique among boat anglers. Boat anglers can launch at any of the gravel bars in the lower river, or boat ramps at the Port of Gold Beach, Lobster Creek Campground or Quosatana Campground.

The tough part for boat anglers new to the fishery is appreciating how close to the bank steelhead migrate. Usually, you want to anchor the boat about one boat width from the shore, unless the water is really clear.(odfw)

Steelhead returning to the Middle Rogue River Winter steelhead normally start to arrive in the area around Grants Pass in late December, with peak fishing in February and March. There is plenty of good bank access along the middle Rogue. Between the city, county and state parks and the federal recreational areas, there are over 20 developed access sites. In addition, much of the land along the river below Hellgate Canyon is owned by the Bureau of Land Management. Some of the most productive sites include Valley of the Rogue State Park, Matson Park, Griffin Park and Robertson Bridge. Bank anglers can enjoy success by drifting bait, casting lures, plunking, and fly fishing.

This section of the river also offers good opportunities for fishing from both drift and motorized boats. With boats ramps distributed every three to five miles along the river, there are a lot of options. Techniques favored by boat anglers include drifting bait, casting lures and flies, back bouncing bait and lures, and back-trolling plugs. Side-drifting bait is becoming increasingly popular in the long, slow runs below Grants Pass.

The removal of Savage Rapids and Gold Ray Dams has opened up new floats for boat anglers; however, boaters should be aware that there are several difficult rapids between the Fishers Ferry and Gold Hill boat ramps. The Rogue River Water Trail brochure provides an excellent description of this reach as part of its map of the middle and upper Rogue between Grave Creek and William Jess Dam.

Above the Hog Creek Boat Landing (below Merlin), anglers may keep non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) steelhead at least 24 inches in length, one per day and five per year, from Feb. 1 to April 30. Adipose fin-clipped (hatchery) steelhead may be kept the entire year.(odfw)

Coho Salmon Upper Rogue River Population of Coho salmon.

Steelhead retuning to the Upper Rogue River

Winter steelhead are normally caught in the upper river above the former Gold Ray Dam (near Gold Hill) from February through mid-May, with peak fishing activity in March and early April. Because hatchery steelhead returning to Cole River Hatchery supplement a healthy population of wild steelhead, there are a lot of winter steelhead in this section of the river.

Access for bank fishing is plentiful in this stretch. Bank anglers can enjoy good success between the hatchery and the Hwy 62 Bridge, and at public access points such as Casey State Park, Rogue Elk Park, Takelma Park, Denman Wildlife Management Area and Tou Velle State Park.

Numerous boat ramps allow boat anglers to choose from a variety of popular drifts. The river gets smaller in this upper section, with more defined holes. The area from Cole Rivers Hatchery downstream to Big Butte Creek usually remains fishable when the rest of the river is out of shape due to storm events.

Drifting bait, casting lures, and back-trolling plugs are all popular techniques. Later in the season, fly fishing can be very productive. Fly anglers can find good water for swinging flies with two-handed rods, as well as places to dead-drift nymph patterns.

Anglers may keep non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) steelhead at least 24 inches in length, one per day and five per year, from Feb. 1- April 30. Adipose fin-clipped (hatchery) steelhead may be kept the entire year. (odfw)

ODFW Fish Counts for the Roque River at Huntley Park for Chinook Salmon, Steelhead Trout, Half Pounders, Coho Salmon.

Bank fishing access along the Rogue River is fisherman friendly. There is good fishing from the bank off of Jerry’s Flat Road or the north bank road. Jerry’s Flat Road (FSR #33) parallels the south shore of the Rogue River to the community of Agness. The north bank road is accessed through the community of Wedderburn. The most productive bank fishing locations are at the Ferry Hole, Huntley Bar, Orchard Bar, Kimball Creek, Lobster Creek, Kunkleberger Bar and Quosatana Creek. Bank anglers use size 00, 0, 1, 2 or 4 Spin–N–Glos with Mylar wings in Fire Tiger, Grey Ghost or Silver Bullet patterns fished with 24 inch leaders and sweetened with small piece of salmon roe with the sinker attached directly to the spreader. The Rogue Bait Rig and anchovy combination with the G spot blade in green or chartreuse is equally as effective.

Rogue River Estuary Jetty – the fishing for perch in the shallow water channel that parallels the south jetty has the reputation for excellence. Fishing for bass is limited to the deepwater channel that parallels the north jetty.

Port of Gold Beach - Boat Launch

Trailer boats can be easily launched using the 3 lane launch ramp that is located in the Port of Gold Beach. Call the Port of Gold Beach at 541-247-6269 for additional information. To access the launch ramp drive across the Hwy 101 Bridge, the Patterson Bridge, over the Roque River Estuary. After exiting the Hwy 101 Bridge follow the Hwy around to the right and turn right onto Harbor Way. Follow Harbor Way a short distance to S Jetty Rd to the boat launch two block on the right. Launch payments can be put into the lock box located at the top of the launch ramp. Fill out the payment permit envelope and insert the daily launch fee of $3.00 or there is an Annual Launch Permit available at the Port Office.

Rogue River Estuary boat launches are located on the south shore at the Port of Gold Beach and on the north shore at Jot’s Resort at (541) 247-6676 is the last business before turning onto the Hwy 101 Bridge over the Rogue River Estuary, and Lex's Landing which is the first business located on the right as you travel through the intersection of Hwy 101 and the North Bank Rogue River Rd. For additional information call (541)247-0909. An improved boat launch with restrooms is located on the north shore at the Ferry Hole. The Ferry Hole is accessed through the community of Wedderburn via North Bank Rogue River Road. The no use fee boat launch is operated by Curry County. Call 541-247-7074 for additional information.

Rogue River Boat launches on the south shore are located at Huntley Park 6.9 miles up Jerry Flat Rd. Huntley Park is a no use fee unimproved boat launch operated by the Port of Gold Beach. Call 541-247-6269 for additional information.

Lobster Creek is located 9.7 miles up the Roque River from the intersection of Hwy 101 and Jerry Flat Rd. Lobster Creek is a no use fee boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Call 541-247-3600 for additional information. Jerry Flat Rd becomes Agness Rd. Travelers to the area have the option of crossing the bridge over the Rogue River and return to Gold Beach via North Bank Rogue River Rd. or continue upriver on Silver Creek Rd to where it branches with FS 340. FS 340 dead ends on the Rogue River, while Silver Creek Rd goes up to the mountains where I got lost; be sure to have a full tank of gas before making this trip. From the Lobster Creek Boat Launch and Campground Agness Rd. continues upriver to the Quosatana Campground. The Quosatana Campground is a no use fee boat launch located 14.1 miles up the Roque River from the intersection of Hwy 101 and Jerry Flat Rd. The boat launches located at Quosatana Campground and Lobster Creek are improved ramps operated by the U.S Forest Service. Call 541-247-3600 for additional information. The south shore boat launches are located in campgrounds and have restrooms available. There are several unimproved boat launches located in Agness. The Cougar Lane Store & Lodge at 541-247-7233 is located 27.6 miles up the Roque River from the intersection of Hwy 101 and Jerry Flat Rd. This is a private facility located in Agness but there is a no use fee to launch. The Foster Bar Boat Launch is located at the Illahe Campground 33.1 miles up the Roque River from the intersection of Hwy 101 and Jerry Flat Rd.

National Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River Access

Rogue River Access Permit Requirments. A BLM is the responsible for issuing permits to float the National Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River. The Rogue is a popular whitewater river located in southwestern Oregon.  From the headwaters near Crater Lake National Park, the Rogue flows 215 miles to the Pacific Ocean at Gold Beach, Oregon.  The eighty-four (84) miles of the lower Rogue, beginning 7 miles west of Grants Pass and ending 11 miles east of Gold Beach was one of the original eight rivers included in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968.  It is also designated as an Oregon State Scenic Waterway.  This portion of the river is managed cooperatively by the Medford District BLM and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. (BLM)

Rogue River Trail

Rogue River Boat Launches west from the I 5 corridor and the Rogue River Valley at Grants Pass and Merlin. The milage stated on the Joshphine County Parks website differ from those posted on Bing Maps. We used the milage from the Bing Maps.

Baker Park is a no use fee boat launch operated by the City of Grants Pass. Call 541 474 6355 for additional information. Baker Park is located at 760 E Park Street Grants Pass, OR 97526. Exit I 5 at exit 55 to the 199 Spur/Grants Pass Pkwy. Travel Southwest on the Grants Pass Pkwy to Parkdale Dr. Turn left onto Parkdale Dr. to E. Park St. to the Baker Park located on left side of the street.

Riverside Park is a no use fee boat launch operated by the City of Grants Pass. Call 541 474 6355 for additional information. Riverside Park is located at 304 E Park ST. t launch operated by the City of Grants Pass. Call 541 474 6355 for additional information. Riverside Park is located at 304 E Park Street Grants Pass, OR 97526. Exit I 5 at exit 55 to the 199 Spur/Grants. Travel Southwest to E. Park St. Turn right to Riverside park located on the right side of the E. Park St.

Schroeder Park is a use fee boat launch operated by Josephine County Parks. Call 541 474 5285 for additional information. Schroeder Park is located at 605 Schroeder Lane 4.5 miles from Grants Pass, OR 97527. Exit I 5 at exit 55 to the 199 Spur/Grants Pass Pkwy. Travel South 199 about 6 miles Turn right on Willow Lane 2.3 miles to Park entrance.

Lathrop Boat Landing is a Day Use fee based boat launch operated by Josephine County. Call 541 474 5285 for additional information. Lathrop Boat Landing is located at Lathrop on the Lower River Rd. The Lathrop Boat Landing is located on the North side of the river, just down river from Schroeder Park which is located on the south side of the Rogue River.

Exit I 5 at exit 55 to the 199 Spur/Grants Pass Pkwy. Travel South southwest on 199 to SE M St. Turn right onto SE M St. The Road name changes to SW M St. Continue on SW M St. to where it becomes SW Bridge St. Turn left onto OR-260 / Lincoln Rd and then right onto the Lower River Road. Travel 2.0 miles to the Lathrop Boat Landing located on the left side of the road.

Whitehorse Park is a use fee based boat launch operated by Josephine County. Call 541 474 5285 for additional information.

Rogue River racing motor boat testing area. Rule 250-020-0171(2) The primary testing area shall be one-half mile upstream from Findley Bend to a point approximately one mile above the mouth of the Applegate River. The primary testing area shall be used at all times except when low water creates a hazardous condition (when the water level measures 2.5 feet on the gauge at the City of Grants Pass Water Filtration Plant), at which time the alternate area will be used.

Exit I 5 at exit 55 to the 199 Spur/Grants Pass Pkwy. Travel South southwest on 199 to SE M St. Turn right onto SE M St. The Road name changes to SW M St. Continue on SW M St. to where it becomes SW Bridge St. Turn left onto OR-260 / Lincoln Rd and then right onto the Lower River Road. Travel 5.9 miles to the entrance to Whitehorse Park. Turn left onto Whitehorse Park Road.

Matson Park is a use fee boat launch day use area operated by Josephine County. Call 541 474 5285 for additional information. Matson is a small park West of Grants Pass that offers access to one of the favored fishing spots on the Rogue River, Finley Bend. This location is also popular for swimming and picnics, chemical toilet, garbage can, river access from gravel/sand bar, parking.

Exit I 5 at exit 55 to the 199 Spur/Grants Pass Pkwy. Travel South southwest on 199 to SE M St. Turn right onto SE M St. The Road name changes to SW M St. Continue on SW M St. to where it becomes SW Bridge St. Turn left onto OR-260 / Lincoln Rd and then right onto the Lower River Road. Travel 6.6 miles to Gunnell Rd. Turn left onto Gunnell Rd. and travel 2.0 miles to Finley Bend.

Ferry Hole Boat Landing is a day use fee based boat launch operated by Josephine County. Call 541 474 5285 for additional information. Ferry Hole is located across the Rogue River from Griffin Park. It was once the site of a historical ferry boat slip that operated in this location for many years.

The alternate testing area shall be between Flannegan's Slough and Findley Bend. The alternate testing area may only be used when the primary area is closed because of hazardous conditions. Testing in the alternate area will be limited to Wednesdays between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., and on Saturdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Exit I 5 at exit 55 to the 199 Spur/Grants Pass Pkwy. Travel South southwest on 199 to SE M St. Turn right onto SE M St. The Road name changes to SW M St. Continue on SW M St. to where it becomes SW Bridge St. Turn left onto OR-260 / Lincoln Rd and then right onto the Lower River Road. Travel 6.6 miles to Gunnell Rd. Turn left onto Gunnell Rd. and travel 2.0 miles to Finley Bend. The Ferry Hole Boat Landing is located between Matson Park and the Robertson Bridge on Ferry Rd.

Griffin Park is a use fee boat launch operated by Josephine County. Call 541 474 5285 for additional information.

The alternate testing area shall be between Flannegan's Slough and Findley Bend. The alternate testing area may only be used when the primary area is closed because of hazardous conditions. Testing in the alternate area will be limited to Wednesdays between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., and on Saturdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Griffin Park Camping/Day Use County Park map (16.9 Acres) 500 Griffin Road, Grants Pass, OR 97527 Distance from Grants Pass. Exit 1-5 to exit 55 at Grants Pass. Travel South on 199 about 6.7 miles. Turn right on Riverbank's Road travel 1.6 miles. Turn right on Griffin Park Road to Park entrance.

Robertson Bridge is a day use fee based boat launch operated by Josephine County. Call 541 474 5285 for additional information.

Robertson Bridge is a popular location that provides access to the Rogue River with a well maintained parking area for vehicles and boat trailers. The new concrete bridge replaced the old historical steel bridge in 2001. This stretch of river is favored by many Rogue River fisherman and all who enjoy nature and the outdoors.

Exit 1-5 at exit 55 in Grants Pass. Travel South on 199 about 6.7 miles. Turn right on Riverbank's Rd. Travel 4.7 miles to the Lower Creek Rd. Turn right and cross the bridge over the Rogue River to the Robertson Bridge Boat Launch on the right.

Hog Creek is a Day Use fee based boat launch operated by Josephine County. Call 541 474 5285 for additional information. The Hog Creek boat launch is located on Galice Rd, Merlin, OR 97532

The Hog Creek is a day use facility encompasses 1.53 acres  provides river access to the Rogue River. This location is popular for those floating the river in rafts and inflatable kayaks. The facility supports a Vault toilet, boat ramp, river access and day use parking but no water or power available at this site.

Indian Mary Park - The centerpiece of the Josephine County Park System - is located at 7100  Merlin Galice Road, Merlin, OR 97532. Call 541 474 5285 for additional information. The Indian Mary Park is Camping/ Day Use fee based park encompassing 61.0 Acres.

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Exit the I-5 Freeway at exit 61. Exit the I-5 Feeway from the north toward Merlin via Momument Rd. to Merlin Galice Rd. Turn left onto Merlin Rd. torward Merlin. Exit I-5 from the south at exit 61. to the left onto Merlin Galice Road. The Merlin Galice Road becomes Merlin Rd. Travel Merlin Rd. 3.3 miles to where Merlin Rd. bears to the left and becomes Galice Rd. Travel 7.1 miles to the entrance of Indian Mary Park on the right.

Ennis Riffle is located along the Rogue River and provides camping and day use recreation. Ennis is a gravel/ sand bar that provides river access and is a popular location for fishing. The lower section of Ennis is owned and maintained by BLM.

Exit the I-5 Freeway at exit 61. Exit the I-5 Feeway from the north toward Merlin via Momument Rd. to Merlin Galice Rd. Turn left onto Merlin Rd. torward Merlin. Exit I-5 from the south at exit 61. to the left onto Merlin Galice Road. The Merlin Galice Road becomes Merlin Rd. Travel Merlin Rd. 3.3 miles to where Merlin Rd. bears to the left and becomes Galice Rd. Travel 9.8 miles to the entrance of Ennis Riffle located on the right.

Galice Boat Landing Galice boat ramp is located in Galice OR. between Ennis and Almeda Park. This location is convenient for river access, camping and recreation as well as the Galice Resort Restaurant and a store for supplies and gas.

Exit the I-5 Freeway at exit 61. Exit the I-5 Feeway from the north toward Merlin via Momument Rd. to Merlin Galice Rd. Turn left onto Merlin Rd. torward Merlin. Exit I-5 from the south at exit 61. to the left onto Merlin Galice Road. The Merlin Galice Road becomes Merlin Rd. Travel Merlin Rd. 3.3 miles to where Merlin Rd. bears to the left and becomes Galice Rd. Travel 11.6 miles to the entrance of Galice Boat Landing located on the right.

Rand Access is a no use fee boat launch operated by the BLM. For additional information call 541-618-2200

Exit the I-5 Freeway at exit 61. Exit the I-5 Feeway from the north toward Merlin via Momument Rd. to Merlin Galice Rd. Turn left onto Merlin Rd. torward Merlin. Exit I-5 from the south at exit 61. to the left onto Merlin Galice Road. The Merlin Galice Road becomes Merlin Rd. Travel Merlin Rd. 3.3 miles to where Merlin Rd. bears to the left and becomes Galice Rd. Travel 14.1 miles to the entrance of Rand Access located on the right.

Almeda Park

Exit the I-5 Freeway at exit 61. Exit the I-5 Feeway from the north toward Merlin via Momument Rd. to Merlin Galice Rd. Turn left onto Merlin Rd. torward Merlin. Exit I-5 from the south at exit 61. to the left onto Merlin Galice Road. The Merlin Galice Road becomes Merlin Rd. Travel Merlin Rd. 3.3 miles to where Merlin Rd. bears to the left and becomes Galice Rd. Travel 14.9 miles to the entrance of Almeda Park located on the right.

Argo Riffle is a no use fee boat launch operated by the BLM. For additional information call 541-770-2200.

Exit the I-5 Freeway at exit 61. Exit the I-5 Feeway from the north toward Merlin via Momument Rd. to Merlin Galice Rd. Turn left onto Merlin Rd. torward Merlin. Exit I-5 from the south at exit 61. to the left onto Merlin Galice Road. The Merlin Galice Road becomes Merlin Rd. Travel Merlin Rd. 3.3 miles to where Merlin Rd. bears to the left and becomes Galice Rd. Travel 16.9 miles to the entrance of Argo located on the right.

Grave Creek Boat Launch is a no use fee boat launch operated by the BLM. For additional information call 541-618-2275. The Grave Creek Boat Launch is the entry point to the National Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River.

Exit the I-5 Freeway at exit 61. Exit the I-5 Feeway from the north toward Merlin via Momument Rd. to Merlin Galice Rd. Turn left onto Merlin Rd. torward Merlin. Exit I-5 from the south at exit 61. to the left onto Merlin Galice Road. The Merlin Galice Road becomes Merlin Rd. Travel Merlin Rd. 3.3 miles to where Merlin Rd. bears to the left and becomes Galice Rd. Travel 18.9 miles to the Galice Bridge over the Rogue River. Turn left onto the Reuben Mountain Rd. and left into the entrance of Grave Creek boat launching area.

Rogue River Boat Launches east of the I 5 corridor and the Rogue River Valley:

Chinook Park is a Day Use fee based boat launch operated by Josephine County. Call 541 474 5285 for additional information.

Exit I 5 at exit 55 to the 199 Spur/Grants Pass Pkwy. Travel South southwest on 199 to Parkdale Dr. Turn Left onto Parkdale Dr. Turn left onto OR-99 / Rogue River Hwy to Gordon Way. Turn left onto Gordon Way to the entrance to Chinook Park at Chinook Park Ln.

Pierce Riffle is a day use facility located along the Rogue River. The park offers a boat ramp, picnic site, a vault toilet, parking and hiking trails through a natural river wetland.

Exit I 5 at exit 55 to the Grants Pass Pkwy. Depart US-199 SPUR / Grants Pass Pkwy toward NE Agness Ave Turn left onto NE Agness Ave. Turn left, and then immediately turn left onto Foothill Blvd. Turn right onto Averill Dr. Turn right onto Pierce Riffle Park to the park at the end of the road.

Savage Rapids County Park is a no use fee based boat launch operated by operated by Jackson County. Call 541-957-7001 for additional information.

Exit I-5 at exit 55 to the 199 Spur/Grants Pass Pkwy. Travel South southwest on 199 to Parkdale Dr. Turn Left onto Parkdale Dr. Turn left onto OR-99 / Rogue River Hwy and travel 5.2 miles to the boat launch locate to the left. If you reach Savage Creek Rd you have gone to far.

Coyote Evans Wayside: is managed by the City of Rogue River. Call 541-582-4401 for additional information.

To access the Coyote Evans Wayside exit I-5 at exit 48 to the City of Rogue River. Turn south onto Depot St. Turn right onto the Rogue River Hwy and right again into John Fleming Rest Area adjacent to the Coyote Evans Wayside.

Valley of the Rogue State Park is managed by the Oregon Department of State Parks. Call 800-551-6949 for additional information. The boat launch is a use fee based boat launch.

To access the Valley of the Rogue State Park, exit I-5 at exit 45 B into the entrance to the Valley of the Rogue State Park.

Sardine Creek is managed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Call 800-720-6339 for additional information. The boat launch is a no use fee based boat launch.

To access Sardine Creek at Gold Hill via the N River Rd. by exiting I-5 at exit 45 B into the access road to the N River Rd east of the Valley of the Rogue State Park. The Sardine Creek Boat Slid is located about 1/4 of a mile south of the Hwy 234 Bridge over the Rogue River.

Gold Hill Boat Launch is located 1.5 miles from I-5 and is managed by the City of Gold Hill. Call 541-855-7144 for additional information. The boat launch is a use fee based boat launch.

To access the Gold Hill boat launch exit I-5 exit 40. Turn north on Hwy 234. to 2nd Ave. Turn left onto 2nd Ave. Cross over the Rogue River past the City Beach Park and proceed to Dardanelles St. Turn right on Dardanelles St. to 4th Ave. Turn right onto 4th Ave. 4th Ave. becomes Sam's Valley Hwy (OR-234). Travel approximately 1/4 mile to the Rogue Gold Spots Park. Turn right onto Ambrose St. (Unsure of the street's name). Proceed to the Gold Hill boat launch.

Dowden Falls is managed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Call 800-720-6339 for additional information. The boat launch area is a no use fee based boat launch area without boat ramp.

Dowden Falls is located at the upper end of the Gold Nugget Wayside 3.5 miles from I-5.

Fishers Ferry is operated by Jackson County. Call 541-774-8183 for additional information. The boat launch is a use fee based boat launch.

To access Fishers Ferry exit I-5 exit 40. Go north on Blackwell Rd to Gold Ray Rd. Turn right onto Gold Ray Rd. Travel 2.4 miles to the Fisher Ferry launch area on the right.

Tou Velle State Park is managed by the Oregon Department of State Parks. Call 800-551-6949 for additional information. The boat launch is a use fee based boat launch.

This is a beautiful day-use park located on the bank of the Rogue River and at the foot of the geologically prominent Table Rocks. You can fish, swim, hike, watch wildlife and experience nature at its finest. An ideal spot for family gatherings or group picnics, the site has a large picnic shelter with cooking utilities. There's a smaller picnic kitchen and three sites with water and electricity. Denman Wildlife Refuge is next to this park and teems with local and migratory wildlife -- a bird viewing paradise. Salmon and steelhead pass through seasonally on treks to and from the ocean. Rainbow trout are stocked by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. A boat ramp with toilet facilities provides excellent access to the river. (Oregon Parks)

To access Tou Velle State Park exit I-5 exit 35. Go north on Blackwell Rd Hwy 99 to the intersection of Blackwell Rd and Kirtland Rd. Vear to the right and continue traveling on Kirtland Rd. for 4.0 miles to Table Rock Rd. Turn left onto Table Rock Rd. for .5 tenths of a mile. Cross the Rogue River Bridge and turn left into Tou Velle State Park boat launching area.

Dodge Bridge is located 14.1 miles from I-5 via OR-234 to the Rogue Rd at Dodge Bridge Park. Dodge Bridge Park is operated by Jackson County. Call 541-774-8183 for additional information. The boat launch is a use fee based boat launch.

Dodge Bridge Park, located on over 23 acres, including about one-third mile of river frontage, is a favorite among anglers during fishing season.

The beautiful Rogue River flows along this popular county park, which features a boat launch and a fully-accessible fishing platform for the disabled.

Dodge Bridge offers a convenient getaway destination for fishing, boating, rafting, or just a relaxing day away from the city. Call 541-774-8183 for additional information. The boat launch is a use fee based boat launch.

To access Dodge Bridge boat launch exit I-5 Gold Hill exit 40. Turn north on Hwy 234. to 2nd Ave. Turn left onto 2nd Ave. Cross over the Rogue River past the City Beach Park and proceed to Dardanelles St. Turn right on Dardanelles St. to 4th Ave. Turn right onto 4th Ave. 4th Ave. becomes Sam's Valley Hwy (OR-234) to the Rogue River Rd. at Dodge Bridge Park. Turn left onto Rogue River Rd and right onto Dodge River Rd to the boat launch.

Takelma To access Takelma boat launch exit I-5 Gold Hill exit 40. Turn north on Hwy 234. to 2nd Ave. Turn left onto 2nd Ave. Cross over the Rogue River past the City Beach Park and proceed to Dardanelles St. Turn right on Dardanelles St. to 4th Ave. Turn right onto 4th Ave. 4th Ave. becomes Sam's Valley Hwy (OR-234) to the Rogue River Rd. at Dodge Bridge Park. Turn left onto Rogue River Rd and travel 3.6 miles to the entrance road to the Takelma boat launch.

Takelma Park, located on 40 acres, including .38 miles of river frontage, is a popular spot among anglers during fishing season and rafters floating the river.

The beautiful Rogue River flows along this county park, which features a boat ramp, CXT vault toilet, and a paved parking area with night lights.

Located just north of Dodge Bridge Park, Takelma Park offers a convenient local getaway destination.

Takelma Park is a perfect location for fishing, boating, rafting, or just relaxing the day away in a peaceful riverfront setting, away from the city. (Jackson County). Call 541-774-8183 for additional information. The boat launch is a use fee based boat launch.

Upper Rogue Regional Park is located 15.8 miles from I-5 at Gold Hill exit 40 via OR-234 to Highway 62. Turn left onto Highway 62 some 6.5 to the Rogue River. Cross over the Rogue River to Rogue River Dr. Turn left onto Rogue River Dr and left again into Shady Lane Oak Ridge Dr to the boat launch at the Upper Rogue Regional Park.

Originally named "Shady Cove Park" after the City of Shady Cove, this irresistible stop along the Rogue River offers a boat ramp, picnic tables, barbecues, restrooms, and a fishing platform for the disabled.

With a total of 7.86 shady acres and 0.17 miles of river frontage, Upper Rogue Regional Park can take the edge off a hot summer day.

Whether using the shaded day use area for a picnic or watching the rafters drift by from the waterfront, just relax and take in one of the more popular county parks.

Located next door to The Riverhouse, a tremendously popular wedding facility, this park is an excellent feature for weddings and any other social function.

Rogue Elk The boat launch is a use fee based boat launch operated by Jackson County. Call 541-774-8183 for additional information.

Rogue Elk Park covers a total of 33 beautiful acres including three-quarters of a mile of access to the upper Rogue River. This special park provides numerous activities such as camping, fishing, rafting, swimming and an excellent opportunity to escape for a day trip, picnic or family event. Rogue Elk is the county's most popular camping spot along the upper Rogue River with prime riverfront campsites, RV sites with water/electric hookups, restroom/showers, picnic tables, barbecues and a playground.

Casey State Park is managed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Call 800-551-6949 for additional information. The boat launch is a use fee based boat launch.

Picture yourself reeling in a salmon, steelhead or trout at Casey State Park. Cradled in the arms of the wild and scenic Rogue River, bring your family and have a picnic on the lush, tree-ringed lawns or raft down the river. Casey Park is a relaxing and fun spot for everyone to enjoy. No drinking water at this site.

McGregor Park Is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Call 541 878 3800 for additional information. The boat launch is a no use fee based boat launch.

To access McGregor Park boat launch exit I-5 at the Medford exit 30 the Crater Lake Hwy 62. Travel north on Hwy 62 for 28.4 miles to Takelma Dr. Turn left onto Takelma Dr for .3 of a mile. Turn right onto Cole M Rivers Dr . Travel .1 of a mile to the McGregor Park boat launch.

Illinois River: Steelhead returning to the Illinois River provides an excellent opportunity to fish for wild winter steelhead in a remote and rugged setting. Winter steelhead are available from December through March, with activity usually peaking in January and February.

Coho Salmon Illinois River Population of Coho salmon.

With its clear water, outstanding scenery, and big fish, the Illinois River is a good destination for anglers seeking a quality fishing experience.

The Illinois River flows out of California into the Illinois Valley, before entering a long canyon leading to the Rogue River at Agness. In the Illinois Valley, private land limits access to the river. In the canyon, most of the land is publicly-owned. Except for the lower three miles, between Oak Flat and the mouth, a lack of developed access points and technical whitewater limit fishing opportunities from a boat. In addition, topography in the canyon makes access to the river difficult in most places, but this also keeps the fishing pressure down.

Anglers willing to make the effort can usually have a beautiful section of river to themselves. The river is full of boulders and ledges that make drift fishing difficult in many places, so casting flies and lures are popular fishing methods. Due to the local geology, the flow in the Illinois can increase rapidly during a storm; however, the river drops and clears quickly afterward.

Fishing in the Illinois River is restricted to artificial flies and lures. Above Klondike Creek anglers may harvest non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) steelhead at least 24 inches in length, one per day and five per year, as part of the steelhead/salmon catch limit. Below Klondike Creek anglers may only keep adipose fin-clipped (hatchery) steelhead, which occasionally stray into the Illinois River from the Rogue. Refer to the ODFW Fishing Regulations for fishing regulations covering the Illinois River.

Illinois River Forks State Park Heading to or from the Oregon coast or the giant redwoods on Hwy. 199, you may want to stop for a picnic at this day-use park. Located at the confluence of the east and west forks of the Illinois River, the park offers picnic tables and restrooms. There is a short walking trail near the picnic area. The Illinois Valley is a unique geologic area with many rare plants. Visit here to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

Illinois River Boat Launch: The Miami Bar from Redwood Highway 199 in Selma OR. Turn west onto the Illinois  River RD. Travel 10.1 miles to the primitive no use fee boat Launch.  The boat launch is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. For additional information call 541-469-2196. 

Applegate River: Steelhead returning to the Applegate River

The Applegate River is smaller than neighboring rivers, and offers good opportunities for wading anglers. Well-defined holes and runs, and a gravel bottom make it easier to fish. The first winter steelhead are typically caught the lower river starting in mid-January, with the fishery peaking from mid-February through the end of the season on March 31. Fishing in March can be excellent.

Drifting bait works well, and casting spoons is popular.

The river also offers one of the best opportunities in the area to catch winter steelhead on a fly. Swinging traditional steelhead flies and dead-drifting nymph patterns both work well. Fly anglers will find the best conditions when flows are below 800 cfs, but the river can be fishable at higher flows as well. Flow information can be obtained online at the USGS Wilderville Gauge.

No fishing is allowed from a floating device, but anglers can us small rafts or pontoon boats to access more water. Much of the river is in private ownership, so anglers must use caution and always avoid trespassing. The National Forest lands on the upper river, Cantrall Buckley Park and Fish Hatchery Park are prime fishing sites. The main stem Applegate upstream to Applegate Dam is open to fishing for adipose fin-clipped (hatchery) steelhead from Jan. 1 through March 31. All non-adipose fin-clipped (wild) rainbow trout and steelhead, and all cutthroat trout must be released unharmed.

Cantrall Buckley Park: the beautiful Applegate River is the focal point of Cantrall Buckley Park, which spans over 88 acres, and features 1.75 miles of river frontage, making it a very popular recreational destination in Jackson County. The large native trees and ample lawn make this an ideal site for family gatherings or group picnics. Four well-appointed Group Picnic Areas are available for a variety of social events and group gatherings.

To access Cantrall Buckley Park exit I-5 at exit 30 at the Crater Lake Hwy exit. Exit I-5 and turn left toward the west on Hwy 238/Rossanley Dr for 5.2 miles. Turn left onto Hanley Rd. Turn right onto E F Street. The E F Street changes its name to W F St. and then turn left onto N Oregon St. Turn right onto Hwy 238/W. California St and follow 9.0 miles to Hamilton Rd. Turn left onto Hamilton Rd. for 1.0 miles to Cantrall Rd at the entrance of the Cantrall Buckley Park.

Fish Hatchery Park: is located on the beautiful Applegate River and pristine at 1980 Weatherbee Grants Pass, OR. The Day Use park encompasses 177.8 Acres. The Day Use facility is a nature park and is a very popular area for swimming, fishing and hiking. A nature trail and multi use trail leading to Bolt Mountain (BLM).

To access Fish Hatchery Park exit I-5 at exit 55 the Grants Pass Parkway. Turn right onto Grants Pass Parkway and travel 2.3 miles to Hwy 238 the Williams Hwy. Turn left onto Hwy 238 the Williams Hwy for 1.5 miles. Turn right onto New Hope Rd / SW New Hope Rd for 3.2 miles to Fish Hatchery Rd. for 1.8 miles to Weatherbee Dr. Travel .8 of a mile to the entrance of the Fish Hatchery Park on the left adjacent to the Applegate River.

Cathedral Hills: Most of Cathedral Hills is owned and operated by the BLM. Call the BLM at 541-549-7422 for additional information. Directions to Cathedral Hills Riding and Hiking Area.

Mile by mile continuation

328.0 Gold Beach is located at the entrance of the Rogue River Estuary and is an excellent location to fish for redtail surfperch and a fair location to dig for razor clams.

329.9 South Beach Park provides the angler with easy beach access to Gold Beach and is an excellent location to fish for redtail surfperch.

330.6 Hunters Beach has an excellent reputation for redtail surfperch. Chinook salmon, usually the four year old fish, return to the Hunter Creek from late October peaking in November into December. The catch rate averages 40 fish per year.

Steelhead returning to Hunter Creek: Hunter Creek muddies quickly and is slow to clear. Bank access is very good, with most landowners allowing access if asked. Anglers can float the river during moderate flows. Boat anglers might try running plugs, while bank anglers prefer bobber and jigs, spinners, flies or drifting eggs. Hunter Creek is closed to steelhead fishing until Jan. 1 each year in order to protect spawning fall chinook.

Cutthroat Trout. by ODFW. The creek flows from small coastal streams entering the ocean often are obstructed by the annual movement of beach sand hendering the entry of salmonids on their migration upstream to spawn. The condition persists until the increased stream flow from seasonal rainfall clears the sediment from the mouth of the streams allowing the upstream of migrating salmonids and the outward migration of smolts into the ocean to occur.

334.6 Cape Sebastain offers visitors an incredible panoramic view of the Oregon Coast at the end of a 2 mile long hike. Cape Sebastain is named for Sebastain Viscaino who in 1603 named the cape after himself. The fishing for shallow water rockfish, sea trout, perch, cabezon and lingcod from the rocky shore ranges from fair to excellent.

336.5 Myers Beach is accessible from the view points located at mile marker 336.5, 337.1 and 337.3. Located at mile marker

337.0 Meyers Creek (USFS Photos) is listed by ODFW as a location to dig for razor clams. Razor clams are dug along the beach north from Meyers Creek to Hunters Cove. This section of the beach is an excellent place to fish for redtail surfperch.

Hiking Sasquatch Country is the Big Footer's trail guide to visitor's guide to finding a Sasquatch. Click on The Myers Creek Loop Trail to view the USFS guide for the 4.5 miles long trail. This is a primitive unsurfaced trail open to motorcycles, mountain bikes, horseback riding, and hiking. Please refer to the Beartooth Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for trail location and additional user information.

338.0 The Pistol River Beach as well as Meyer’s Beach is one of the most popular beach locations used for wind surfing competition that draws Wind Surfers from all over the World. Have your camera ready to capture the exciting images. Pistol River Beach is one of Oregon's beaches listed by ODFW as a location to dig for razor clams. Horseback riding at Bandon Stables and Hawk Stables on the N. Bank Rd. on the Pistol River.

Information Report 76-4. Reimers, P., and K. Baxter. 1976. Fishes of Sixes River, Oregon. The report documents the seasoal abundance of marine species common to Oregon's Esturies.

339.0 Pistol River State Wayside Beach is located between Crook Point and Cape Sebastain. The beach north and south of the Pistol River is and excellent location to fish for redtail surfperch. Chinook salmon, usually the four year old fish, return to the Pistol River watershed from late October peaking in November into December. Striped seaperch are the dominate perch species caught along the rocky shore from Crook Point to the California Border. The fishing for shallow water rockfish, i.e. grass, brown, copper, black or blue rockfish, sea trout, perch, cabezon and lingcod from Crook Point to the north jetty of the Chetco River Estuary varies from fair to excellent depending on the weather and time of year.

Steelhead returning to the Pistol River: The Pistol has a very good run of steelhead but muddies quickly during rain events and is slow to clear. Most anglers use roe, cast spinners or fly fish. Access is limited by private property and anglers are reminded to ask first before entering private property. Only the lower 4-5 miles is floatable. The best access for bank anglers is around the mouth of Deep Creek and the South Fork.

Cutthroat Trout by ODFW. The creek flows from small coastal streams entering the ocean often are obstructed by the annual movement of beach sand hendering the entry of salmonids on their migration upstream to spawn. The condition persists until the increased stream flow from seasonal rainfall clears the sediment from the mouth of the streams allowing the upstream of migrating salmonids and the outward migration of smolts into the ocean to occur.

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Lake Selmac (Josephine)Reachcode: 17100311011257 | Area: 139.8 acres | Shoreline: 3.5 mi | View on Interactive Map

(From Atlas of Oregon Lakes, Johnson et al. 1985)  Selmac Lake is a reservoir formed in 1961 by the construction of a 34-foot high earthfill dam across McMullin Creek, tributary to Deer Creek. The dam is seven miles upstream from Deer Creek's confluence with the Illinois River. Selmac Lake is owned and operated by the Josephine County Parks and Recreation Department and serves a variety of purposes -- for public recreation, for irrigation, and for domestic use. Lake Selmac County Park, a 300-acre tract, includes 50 acres on the south shore developed for use: there is a campground, a picnic area, and boat launching facilities. There is also a small private campground at the lake. Recreational use by people from the Grants Pass area is quite heavy. Rainbow trout were first stocked after construction, followed by other species such as crappies, bluegills, largemouth bass, and catfish. Selmac Lake has developed a reputation for excellent bass fishing and it is open all year. The county has further encouraged angling with the construction of piers into the lake to improve bank fishing.

Selmac Lake is rather shallow with a mean depth of only seven feet; nearly three-quarters of the lake is shallower than 10 feet. The concentrations of major ions are about average for reservoirs in the Rogue River basin, although the concentrations of sodium and chloride are relatively high for a water body so far from the ocean. It shares other characteristics similar to coastal lakes: the alkalinity is low and the conductivity somewhat higher. The concentration of phosphorus observed on 9/4/81 was rather high, possibly because of the recycling of phosphorus from the sediment in the extensive shoal area, or perhaps because of human activity. The chlorophyl concentration was not high, however, and water transparency moderate (Secchi disk depth = 7.9 feet; 2.4 meters), these factors indicate mesotrophic conditions.

To access Lake Selmac take I-5 exit 55 at Grants Pass
Travel South on 199 about 22.7 miles.
Turn left on Lakeshore Dr. 3 miles to entrance of Park.

Reeves Creek Boat Launch is a use fee based boat launch operated by Josephine County. Call 541 474 5285 for additional information.

McMullen Creek Boat Launch is a use fee based boat launch operated by Josephine County. Call 541 474 5285 for additional information.

Lost Creek Lake on the Rogue River. The Joseph Stewart State Park at Lost Creek Lake is about 40 miles from Crater Lake National Park, and makes an excellent jumping-off point for an exploration of Southern Oregon. To access Joseph Stewart State Park at Lost Lake exit I-5 at the Medford exit 30 the Crater Lake Hwy 62. Travel north on Hwy 62 for 32.6 miles to entrance to Joseph Stewart State Park at Lost Creek Lake. Turn left onto the entrance road. travel for .3 tenths of a mile and turn right to the boat launch.

Fishing: rainbow trout and bass

Lost Creek Reservoir is stocked with rainbow trout and fishing should be very good. Many more large trout are being stocked in Lost Creek than in past years. Good bets in summer include trolling a wedding ring/worm combination behind an oval egg sinker in the main body of the lake. Upstream of the Highway 62 Bridge, Lost Creek is generally good for trout in summer using a variety of techniques, plus anglers avoid the speedboaters. Bank anglers can try the Takelma day use area.

Fishing for smallmouth bass should be good and the largemouth bass population is improving with recent projects by ODFW, local bass clubs and volunteers. The reservoir surface temperature is down to 74oF and at 55 percent full. All boat ramps are still open.

Takelma Park at Lost Creek Lake on the Rogue River

To access Takelma Park at Lost Lake boat launch exit I-5 at the Medford exit 30 the Crater Lake Hwy 62. Travel north on Hwy 62 for 28.4 miles to Takelma Dr. Turn left onto Takelma Dr for 2.2 miles to the entrance of Takelma Park at Lost Creek Lake. Turn right onto Takelma Park. Travel .4 of a mile to the Takelma Park boat launch.

Lost Creek Marina at Lost Creek Lake is a privately operated facility. The boat launch is a no use fee based boat launch. Call 541-560-3646 for additional information. The Lost Creek Marina is with in the boundry of the Joseph Stewart State Park.

The park is about 40 miles from Crater Lake National Park, and makes an excellent jumping-off point for an exploration of Southern Oregon. To access Joseph Stewart State Park at Lost Lake exit I-5 at the Medford exit 30 the Crater Lake Hwy 62. Travel north on Hwy 62 for 32.6 miles to entrance to Joseph Stewart State Park at Lost Creek Lake. Turn left onto the entrance road. travel for .3 tenths of a mile and take the road to the left. Follow the signs to the boat launch at the Lost Creek Marina.

Joseph Stewart State Park at Lost Creek Lake

Picture yourself in a campsite overlooking Lost Creek Reservoir with wildlife, large conifer trees, and mountains surrounding you. Take a hike or bike ride on our 11-mile trail system, through the forest with year-round streams and wildlife viewing. Take a swim in the cool, mountain water; rent a boat from the marina (call (541) 560-3646 for information), and troll the 10-mile lake for trout and bass ... an angler's dream. Or bring your own boat and water skis and spend a few days in the sun!

The Joseph Stewart State Park is about 40 miles from Crater Lake National Park, and makes an excellent jumping-off point for an exploration of Southern Oregon. To access Joseph Stewart State Park at Lost Lake exit I-5 at the Medford exit 30 the Crater Lake Hwy 62. Travel north on Hwy 62 for 32.6 miles to entrance to Joseph Stewart State Park at Lost Creek Lake. Turn left onto the entrance road. travel for .3 tenths of a mile and turn right to the boat launch.

Agate Lake is a beautiful lake located on 216 acres, including 3 miles of lake frontage.

Agate Lake is operated by Jackson County and is located 14 miles northeast of Medford off of Highway 140. Just minutes from town the popular park offers a great fishing opportunity for Largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, yellow perch, and brown bullhead all thrive here, and the lake is stocked every year with legal and trophy-sized trout.

Agate Lake is a perfect location for fishing (Electric Motors Only) and swimming, or just taking in the view of Mt. McLoughlin, while enjoying a peaceful day lakeside.

To access Agate Lake County Park boat launch exit I-5 at the Medford exit 30 the Crater Lake Hwy 62. Travel north on Hwy 62 for 5.6 miles to OR-140 (The lake of the Woods). Turn right onto OR-140 for 3.6 miles. Turn right onto E Antelope RD. Travel .7 of a mile to the Agate Dam Access RD. Turn right to the boat launch.

Applegate Lake is operated the U.S. Forest Service. Call 541-899-1812 for additional information. Applegate Lake is 30 miles from Central Point. Applegate Lake is home to a vast array of wildlife species and several extraordinary fisheries of which trout and bass being the most popular.

Applegate Lake is listed on the State of Oregon of lakes with Fish Advisories and Consumption Guidelines because the fish are Contaminated with Mercury, PCBs, dioxins and/or certain pesticides.

Rule Reference

250-020-0151(2)(a)

Waterway

Applegate Lake

Rule Type

speed restriction: 10 mph

Restriction

10 mph limit (entire lake)

To access the Applegate Lake boat launches exit I-5 at the Central Point exit 33 South. Turn to the right onto E. Pine and travel west. E. Pine becomes W. Pine. W. Pine turns to the south and becomes Hanley Rd. Travel to Ross Ln. and turn right onto Ross Ln. Travel to Old Stage Rd. Turn to the left onto Old Stage Rd. Old Stage Rd. becomes N. Oregon St. Travel to W. California St/Hwy 238. Travel on Hwy 238 for 6.9 miles to the Upper Applegate Rd. Turn left onto the Upper Applegate Rd. for 14.9 miles to Squaw Creek Rd at the Applegate dam. Turn left onto Squaw Creek Rd. Travel 1 mile on Squaw Creek Rd to the French Gulch boat launch on the right. Applegate Lake has two additional boat launches. The Hart-Tish boat ramp is located .9 tenths of mile from Old Squaw Creek Rd on the Upper Applegate Rd. The Copper boat ramp is located 2.8 miles on the Upper Applegate Rd. from Old Squaw Creek Rd.

Cantrall Buckley Park: the beautiful Applegate River is the focal point of Cantrall Buckley Park, which spans over 88 acres, and features 1.75 miles of river frontage, making it a very popular recreational destination in Jackson County. The large native trees and ample lawn make this an ideal site for family gatherings or group picnics. Four well-appointed Group Picnic Areas are available for a variety of social events and group gatherings.

Emigrant Reservior is listed on the State of Oregon of lakes with Fish Advisories and Consumption Guidelines because the fish are Contaminated with Mercury, PCBs, dioxins and/or certain pesticides. Fish species: rainbow trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie

Fishing for bass, crappie, and other warmwater species should be good. With the warm, sunny weather, fishing will be best early and late in the day. Smallmouth bass will be primarily found along the rocky banks; while largemouth bass and panfish will congregate around the flooded willows.

To access Emigrant Reservior's four boat launches exit I-5 at the Ashland exit 14 south. Turn East onto Ashland St. OR-66 "The Green Springs Hwy". Travel East on Ashland St. and follow it for 3.3 miles as it curves to the South to Emigrant Lake Rd. Turn left on Emigrant Lake Rd to the use fee based boat launch at the Emigrant Lake West or the Emigrant Lake North use fee based boat launch facility; or, continue traveling on Green Springs Hwy for an additional 2.8 miles to the Old Green Spring Spur to launch at the primative no use fee Patrick Dunn boat launch, or continue traveling on the Green Springs Hwy an additionsl .4 tenths of a mile to the access road to the primative no use fee Songer Wayside boat launch.

Fish Lake Fish Species: rainbow trout, brook trout, spring Chinook.

Fish Lake is stocked with rainbow trout and fishing has been good. Still fishing on the bottom with Powerbait continues to be one of the best options for shore based anglers, especially if water clarity is poor. Anglers are cautioned to limit catch and release angling for trout to reduce stress during the current heat wave. A portion of the rainbow trout have external parasites called copepods that can be scraped off the fish prior to cooking. Fish parasites do not pose a threat to people when cooked properly.

Brook trout, tiger trout, and stocked Chinook salmon are also available. With the lake warming up, look for fish to move toward the springs on the east end of the lake or to deeper areas.

To access Fish Lake boat launches exit I-5 at the Medford exit 30 South, "The Crater Lake Hwy 62". Travel north on Hwy 62 for 5.6 miles to, "The Lake of the Woods Hwy". Travel 30.4 miles on OR 140 to the second access road at the Fish Lake 800 Access Road. The Fish Lake Recreation Area is operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Call 541-947-2151 for addtional information. Turn right into the 800 Access Road to either the Fish Lake Recreation Area no use fee boat launch or to the private Fish Lake Resort. There is a use fee charge for launching a boat at the private resort. Call 541-949-8500 for resort information.

Fourmile Lake Campground is a use fee based facility operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Call 541-885-3400. The Oregon Atlas of Lakes is a great source of information for Fourmile Lake. There is a 10 MPH speed limit on Fourmile Lake.

Fourmile Lake offers visitors to the area a variety of activities including hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, fishing, and horse camping and packing. At the campground is a boat ramp and dock as well as parking for trailers and people using the backcountry sites. For information about backcountry campsites click on Dispersed Camping: This page includes information on backcountry campsites and dispersed camping. Backcountry campsites are single isolated campsites requiring boating or hiking to reach. They have a cleared area for a tent, a campfire ring or grate, often a picnic table, and a wilderness latrine (an open pit toilet with no outhouse building).

Directions From Klamath Falls, OR:

Fourmile Lake Campground is located one hour northwest of Klamath Falls, Oregon.  From Klamath Falls, OR take Oregon Highway 140 west toward Medford, Oregon, for approximately 33 miles and then turn right onto Forest Service (FS) Road 3661. Fourmile Lake Campground is located at the end of FS Road 3661, next to the Fourmile Lake Day Use Area.

Directions From Medford, OR:

Fourmile Lake Trailhead is located one hour and 10 minutes east of Medford, Oregon.  From Medford, OR take Oregon Highway 140 east towards Klamath Falls, Oregon, for approximately 43 miles and turn left onto Forest Service (FS) Road 3661. Fourmile Lake Trailhead is located at the end of FS Road 3661, next to the Fourmile Lake Campground.

Galesville Resevoir: is located from I-5 exit 88 south at Azalea Or. Exit left onto the Upper Cow Creek Rd. and Travel 8.2 miles to Chief Miwaleta RV Park & Campground at Galesville Resevoir.

Galesville Resevoir is listed on the State of Oregon of lakes with Fish Advisories and Consumption Guidelines because the fish are Contaminated with Mercury, PCBs, dioxins and/or certain pesticides. Fish Species: rainbow trout, bass, coho smolts

Galesville has been stocked several times in 2017 with legal-size trout and with over 50 trophy-size trout. In addition to trout, the reservoir has been stocked with coho smolts and there have been reports of them being caught in good numbers. Many people mistakenly think these fish are kokanee. The coho smolts should be adipose fin-clipped, and please remember to release the ones less than 8-inches long.

In Galesville Reservoir, all landlocked salmon are considered trout and are part of the five-per-day trout limit, with only one trout over 20-inches long allowed for harvest.

Fishing for bass and other panfish should be good. Call 541-837-3302 for information on camping and boat launching conditions.

Chief Miwaleta Park and boat launch is operated by the Douglas County Parks Department. The boat launch is no use fee based boat ramp. Call 541-957-7001 for additional information.

Chief Miwaleta RV Park & Campground Offers: 

  • Complete camping facilities for RV'S, pickup campers, tents as well as the option to enjoy one of our lovely cabins.
  • Reserved on first come/first serve campsites.
  • Three cabins overlooking the charming lake providing that perfect getaway for a couple or family.
Picnicking, fishing and watersports, or just a quiet stay overlooking beautiful Galesville Reservoir from your campsite.

Chief Milwaleta Day Use Park is operated by Douglas County. Call 541-957-7001 for additonal infomation. The Day Use Boat Launch is no use fee boat launch facility. The park is a fee based boat launch facility while the day use facility is not. umm no confusion here. Both the Chief Miwaleta Day Use facility and the Chief Miwaleta Park are located on the shore of Galesville Resevoir on Upper Cow Creek Rd.

Galesville Reservoir: 5 mph limit

Rule Reference

250-020-0102(7)(b) and 250-020-0102(7)(c)

250-020-0102(7)(a) and 250-020-0102(7)(e)

Waterway

Galesville Reservoir

Rule Type

speed restriction: 5 mph and 40 mph.

Restriction

5 mph limit along the north shore between the launch ramp and log boom, in the buoyed areas and between the buoy line at the upper end of the lake to the powerboat deadline as marked

40 MPH on the main body of the lake. Boats operating in excess of 5 MPH in the otherwise unrestricted portions of the lake shall proceed about the lake in a counter clockwise direction.

Howard Prairie Lake is located at Howard Prairie Dam Access Rd, Ashland 43 miles southeast of Medford, OR and24 miles east of Ashland, OR. Take I-5 to Ashland Exit 14. Travel east on Highway 66 for 1 mile. Take Dead Indian Memorial Rd (Mountain Lakes) for approxmately 17 miles to Hyatt Prairie Rd . Go approxmately for 5 miles to Dam Road - Take the Dam Road to Willow Point Park (left-hand side).

Fish Species: Rainbow trout: still fishing with bait is the best bet for trout anglers at Howard Prairie right now, and Powerbait continues to be the bait of choice. Trolling worms continues to produce some fish but is generally slow to fair. Many of the trout show evidence of copepods or copepod scars. This is a natural parasite that lives on the outside of the fish and can simply be scraped off prior to cooking.

Park Activities Include: Bicycling, Boating, Horse Riding, Fishing, Hiking, Paddling, Swimming, Waterskiing.

Willow Point Park at Howard Prairie Lake covers a total of 59 beautiful acres, includes .87 miles of lake frontage and a majestic view of Mt. McLoughlin. 

Apserkaha Park is located on the southern shore of Howard Prairie Lake.

Grizzly Park at Howard Prairie Lake covers a total of 80 beautiful acres, including 1.36 miles of lake frontage and a majestic view of Mt. McLoughlin.

Klum Landing Park at Howard Prairie Lake covers a total of 156 beautiful acres, including .94 miles of lake frontage and a majestic view of Mt. McLoughlin. Surrounded by the forests of the Cascade Mountains.

Lily Glen Equestrian Park/Campground at Howard Prairie Lake covers a total of 40 acres, including wonderful, easy, riding trails. You can ride around the shore of Howard Prairie Lake or just wander on the many unmapped trails.

Sugar Pine Group Campground at Howard Prairie Lake covers a total of 156 acres, including .94 miles of lake frontage.

Hyatt Lake: to access Hyatt Lake, exit I-5 at the Ashland exit 14 south. Turn East onto Ashland St. OR-66 "The Green Springs Hwy". Travel East on Ashland St. and follow it for 16.8 miles as it curves to the South to Hyatt Lake Rd. Turn left on Hyatt Lake Rd. Travel 3.0 miles to Howard Prairie Rd. The Hyatt Lake Resort is located 1.4 miles on the left. Continue travling on Howard Prairie Lake Rd 5.0 miles to Howard Prairie Lake.

Fish Species: rainbow trout and largemouth bass

Boat anglers probably should check with the BLM to make sure the ramp is still usable before heading to Hyatt. Fishing for largemouth bass is probably the best with the very warm water temperatures.

John Boyle Reservoir is the impoundment behind the John C. Boyle Dam on the Klamath River. John Boyle Reservoir is located 16 miles (26 km) west-southwest of Klamath Falls along Oregon Route 66. To access the primitive Boat Launch, Pioneer Park at the John Boyle Reservoir, exit I-5 at the Ashland exit 14 south. Turn East onto Ashland St. OR-66 "The Green Springs Hwy" the Ashland to Klamath Falls Hwy. Travel East on Ashland St. and follow it for 42.8 miles as it curves to the South to Topsy Grade Rd. Turn right onto access road and follow it to the primitive boat launch at the end of the short road. Pioneer Park primitive boat launch facility is a no use fee base primitive boat launch operated by Pacific Power. Call 888-221-7070 for additional information.

To access the Topsy Boat Launch facility at the John Boyle Reservoir, exit I-5 at the Ashland exit 14 south. Turn East onto Ashland St. OR-66 "The Green Springs Hwy". Travel East on Ashland St. and follow it for 43.0 miles as it curves to the South to Topsy Grade Rd. Turn right onto Topsy Grade Rd. and travel 1.2 miles to the Topsy Boat Launch access road. The Topsy boat launch facility is a use fee base boat launch facility operated by the B.L.M. Call 541-883-6916 for additional information.

Lake of the Woods To access the Lake of the Woods recreational facilities exit I-5 at the Medford exit 30 South or North on the "Crater Lake Hwy OR-62". Travel north on Hwy 62 for 5.6 miles to, "The Lake of the Woods Hwy OR-140". Travel 36.2 miles on OR 140 to the Lake of the Woods Resort Road. Turn right on the Lake of the Woods to access the road system that provides acces to the following recreational assets.

Aspen Point Campground is a fee based campground operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Call 541-885-3400 for additional information.

Lake of the Woods Resort is a privately operated resort. Call 541-949-8300 for addtional infomation. SNW while within Forest Service approved and marked swimming areas adjacent to summer camps and public campgrounds, or while within 200 feet of any dock or shore, except for a "safe" take-off or landing

Rainbow Bay Boat Launch is a no use fee based boat launch operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Call 541-885-3400 for additional information.

Sunset Campground is a fee based campground operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Call 541-885-3400 for additional information.

Crater Lake: Crater Lake inspires awe. Native Americans witnessed its formation 7,700 years ago, when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a tall peak. Scientists marvel at its purity: fed by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the USA and perhaps the most pristine on earth. Artists, photographers, and sightseers gaze in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting atop the Cascade Mountain Range.(NP)

Map of Crater Lake

Things to Know When Arriving by Car:

Cell reception in the park and surrounding areas is limited. Be sure to carry a map or GPS.

The park does not have a physical street address, so it can be hard to locate us using GPS. Try entering "Crater Lake" or "Rim Village" as a town or waypoint, or entering the coordinates for Park Headquarters, which is 3 miles south of Rim Village:

42° 53' 48.91" North
122° 08' 03.08" West

Be aware that the park's North Entrance is closed for about 7 months each year. It closes November 1 (or earlier, if there is significant snowfall). It opens sometime between mid-May and late June. Check the status on our current conditions page. The park's South Entrance and West Entrance are open year-round.

Unleaded gas is available seasonally at the Mazama Village Store. The rest of the year, the closest gas stations are in the towns of Prospect (33 miles west of Park Headquarters) and Chiloquin (34 miles south of Park Headquarters).

How to Get Here

From the west (Medford) - Follow Hwy 62 to the park's West Entrance. Open year-round. To access Crater Lake South entrance exit I-5 at the Medford exit 30 South or North on the "Crater Lake Hwy OR-62 and travel 54.6 miles to the east to Hwy OR-62. Turn right onto OR-62 for 15.8 miles to the South Entrance Rd/ Munson Valley Toll Rd. Travel 3.9 miles to where S Entrance Rd/ Munson Valley Rd becomes Rim Rd. for 2.8 miles. Turn Right onto Rim Village Dr. for .5 miles. Crater Lake Hwy, Medford, OR 97504. 

From the south (Klamath Falls) - Take Hwy 97 to Hwy 62 and the park's South Entrance. Open year-round.

From the north (Eugene, Portland) - Leave Interstate 5 just south of Eugene. Take Hwy 58 to Hwy 97 to Hwy 138. Follow Hwy 138 to the park's North Entrance. If the North Entrance is closed, enter either through the West Entrance or South Entrance. (From the junction of Hwy 97 and Hwy 138, it will take the same amount of time, either way you go.)

From the northwest (Roseburg) - Take Hwy 138 East from Interstate 5 and follow to the park's North Entrance. If the North Entrance is closed, enter either through the West Entrance or South Entrance. (From the junction of Hwy 97 and Hwy 138, it will take the same amount of time, either way you go.)

Other Ways to Reach the Park

Airplane: The closest airports are in Klamath Falls (63 miles from Park Headquarters) and Medford (75 miles). Car rentals are available at both airports.

Train: AmTrak provides daily service to Klamath Falls. A shuttle runs from the Amtrak station to Rim Village (from late June to early October).

Public Transportation: At this time, there is no public transportation in the vicinity of the park.

RVs, Trailers, Buses: There are no restrictions on the size of RVs, trailers, or buses allowed in the park. Roads in the park are narrow, however, so drive carefully and watch for wildlife, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Upper Klamath Lake: Klamath Falls is located approximately 76 miles from Medford, Oregon and about 88 miles from Ashland. Klamath Falls is the largest town in the Klamath County, which is located in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains that borders Northern California. It is the fourth largest county in Oregon and covers over 6,150 square miles. Elevations range from 2,750 feet to 8,938 feet. Klamath Falls is a high desert area and has several mountains.

To access the Upper Klamath Lake recreational facilities at Klamath Falls from Medford exit I-5 at the Medford exit 30 South or North on the "Crater Lake Hwy OR-62". Travel north on Hwy 62 for 5.6 miles to, "The Lake of the Woods Hwy OR-140". Travel 43.5 miles on OR 140 to Westside Rd. Turn left onto Westside Rd. for 3.0 miles to the access road at the Rocky Point Day Use Area and boat launch.

Rocky Point Day Use area and Boat Launch is located 30 minutes northwest of Klamath Falls, Oregon. The Rocky Point Boat Launch allows users to launch their kayak or canoe into Recreation Creek, which connects with the tranquil Upper Klamath Canoe Trail. Boaters can paddle a 10 mile loop marked with signs and interpretive displays for the National Wildlife Refuge. This area is co-managed by the US Forest Service and the US Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Rocky Point Day Use Area and Boat Launch features two docks, parking for up to eight vehicles and one vault toilet. Visitors can visit the Rocky Point Resort for canoe rentals, casual dining, or overnight accommodations.

Moore Park 2 is located at Moore Park 2 on Lakeshore Dr. just west of Klamath Falls.

Pelican Marina, 928 Front St, Klamath Falls.

Public Campgrounds: there are 15 public camping facilities in the Upper Klamath Lake area.

Squaw Lake: to access Squaw Lake exit I-5 at the Central Point exit 33 South. Turn to the right onto E. Pine and travel west. E. Pine becomes W. Pine. W. Pine turns to the south and becomes Hanley Rd. Travel to Ross Ln. and turn right onto Ross Ln. Travel to Old Stage Rd. Turn to the left onto Old Stage Rd. Old Stage Rd. becomes N. Oregon St. Travel to W. California St/Hwy 238. Travel on Hwy 238 for 6.9 miles to the Upper Applegate Rd Ruch. Turn left onto the Upper Applegate Rd. for 14.9 miles to Squaw Creek Rd at the Applecreek Dam. Turn left onto Squaw Creek Rd cross the dam and travel 8.0 miles on Squaw Creek Rd to NF-700 Rd. Turn left onto NF-700 Rd. to access Squaw Lake. Little Squaw Lake is located approximately .8 miles up Squaw Lake Rd.

Willow Lake: a wooded escape set at the base of Mt. McLoughlin, offers an accessible retreat from the hustle and bustle work week. Just 7.5 miles east of the City of Butte Falls, Willow Lake is a short drive and an excellent opportunity to enjoy a peaceful day at the lake and take in the picturesque views. With an expansive 927 acres, including 4.4 miles of lake frontage, recreational activities include hiking, swimming, fishing for trout, bass or crappie, camping and boating. Willow Lake can accommodate anyone from the most avid outdoor enthusiast to someone just wanting to escape for a while.

Park Activities Include: Bicycling, Boating. Horse Riding, Fishing, Hiking, Paddling, Swimming or Waterskiing.

Willow Lake is located at 7800 Fish Lake Road - 7.5 miles east of the City of Butte Falls and 43 miles northeast of Medford, OR via Highway 62 to Butte Falls/Fish Lake Road.

Recreational Places of Interest:

Rogue River Trail

Oregon Caves

Pacific Crest Trail The Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon began as the Oregon Skyline Trail is a long-distance trail in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. The trail extends 428 miles (689 km) from Cascade Locks on the Columbia River south to Siskiyou Summit near the Oregon-California border. The century-old trail is a foot and equestrian path that passes through nine wilderness areas, Crater Lake National Park, and Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Historically known as the Oregon Skyline Trail or Skyline Trail, the entire length of the trail was incorporated into the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail in 1968.(Wikipedia)

Crater Lake Zipline is located just 30 minutes south of Crater Lake National Park. We are nestled into the National Forest over looking Pelican Bay and Rocky Point on Upper Klamath Lake. Crater Lake ZipLine is an easy drive from Klamath Falls, Ashland, Medford and Bend.

From Medford: Head North on Highway 62. Turn right on Highway 140 and head East Towards Klamath Falls. Continue for 43 miles. Watch for blue and white directional sign “Crater Lake ZipLine 1/4 Mile”. Turn right onto Crater Lake ZipLine driveway (gravel road) Continue 1/8 of a mile to parking area.

Britt Festivals Concert Series in Jacksonville:

Named for Peter Britt, a prominent photographer who recorded many events in Jacksonville's early years, Britt Gardens is set on the historic 4.5 acre site where Britt lived until his death in 1905. The Britt House, built in 1860 was destroyed by fire in 1960.

Now home of the Britt Festivals, an outdoor music and performing arts festival, Britt Gardens is located just two blocks from historic downtown Jacksonville.

June through mid-September

For Britt Festivals Tickets:
Toll-free (800) 882-7488
Local (541) 773-6077
Online at brittfest.org
Britt Festivals Office (541) 779-0847

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