Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

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Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Oregon

(541) 858-2200

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Overview

Located in southwestern Oregon and extending into California, the Forest ranges from the crest of the Cascades Mountains west into the Siskiyou Mountains, nearly to the Pacific Ocean. The Forest covers almost 1.8 million acres; portions of the Applegate and Illinois River drainage's extend into northern California. The Rogue River drains over 75 percent of the Forest's land area.

The previously separate Rogue River and Siskiyou National Forests and their nine ranger district offices were administratively combined in 2004. Surrounding much of the Rogue Valley in southwestern Oregon, the 630,000-acre Rogue River National Forest provides a rich diversity of scenery and recreational opportunities. The Forest, which includes about 53,800 acres in California, is easily reached from Medford and nearby communities along Interstate Highway Five.

Your Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest embraces a treasure of botanical diversity, and is home to incredible wild and scenic rivers, isolated wilderness, outstanding fisheries and wildlife resources, and breath-taking landscapes of mountains, meadows, streams, and lakes.

Map of Rogue River Nat'l Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 42.436532, -122.455848

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Activities

  • Boating

    he Marine Board registers boats and provides boating safety education, law enforcement, and facilities such as launch ramps, restrooms, and parking lots. The Marine Board's goal is to help boaters have a safe, enjoyable time on the water.

    Each party member should:

    * Wear a US Coast Guard approved Personal Safety Device (life jacket) rated Type III or Type V. * Carry a comprehensive first aid kit. * Carry at least one spare set of oars or breakdown paddles. * Keep other party members in sight while boating. * Make helmets a part of your river wardrobe.

  • Bicycling

    Mountain biking is a very popular sport for visitors to the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Hundreds of miles of unimproved Forest Service roads offer unlimited biking adventures through forests and open landscapes on steep or gentle terrain. The Forest contains over 500 miles of trails. Many of these trails are open to horseback riders, motorcycles and mountain bikes.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Near the tiny town of Butte Falls natural Oregon still thrives broken only by a few roads. The Butte Falls Discovery Loop Tour provides a scenic, self-guided driving tour opportunity to see and appreciate Oregon as it was ... and is.

    Named for Thomas Jefferson Howell, an early botanical explorer of Oregon, this drive (7.5 miles one way) has been designed to share some of the natural wonders of the Siskiyou Mountains. You can learn about plants and explore habitats influenced by serpentine geology, visit the Wild and Scenic Illinois River, and see some of the effects off the 2002 Biscuit Fire.

  • Camping

    The Rogue River-Siskiyou has established campgrounds located throughout the Forest.

    If you prefer more solitude or want to explore the backcountry, most of the Forest is open for dispersed or backcountry camping.

    Some regulations apply:

    * Typically, dispersed camping is NOT allowed in the vicinity of developed recreation areas such as campgrounds, picnic areas or trailheads. * In some wildernesses, campsites (and horse highlines) must not be located adjacent to lakes and streams.

  • Climbing

    Please contact the park for information on climbing.

  • Fishing

    Some of the largest salmon in the lower 48 states swim up the rivers of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest every year. Winter steelhead runs on the Chetco, spring and fall runs of Chinook salmon on the Rogue and Illinois rivers bring thousands of anglers to the Forest each year to cast their lines in the water.

  • Hiking

    The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has over 200 summer trails for you to use and enjoy. Many of these trails can be used for multiple experiences such as hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

  • Horseback Riding

    The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has over 200 summer trails for you to use and enjoy. Many of these trails can be used for multiple experiences such as hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

  • Hunting

    Please contact the park for information on hunting.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Please contact individual Ranger District Offices for more information on OHV trails.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking permitted.

  • Water Sports

    The Wild Section of the lower Rogue River is one of the most popular whitewater runs in the world. Its popularity is heightened by a steady water level due to dams upstream, hot, sunny summer weather, and exciting whitewater rapids through lush forests and steep canyons. The Wild section of the Illinois River has 150 rapids, 11 rated Class IV and one Class V, the most difficult. It is one of the most inaccessible rivers in the lower 48 states and should only be run by highly skilled and experienced boaters!

  • Winter Sports

    Downhill skiing (at Mt. Ashland Ski Area), cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling are popular wintertime activities. Page Mountain snow play area, elevation 5,125 feet, provides winter recreation opportunities for both snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in the Siskiyou Mountains near Cave Junction. It is a designated Oregon Sno-Park area and you will need an Oregon Sno-Park permit to park in the Sno-Park.

Directions

Driving

The southern portion of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest area encompasses much of the Rogue River basin in Southwestern Oregon. Forest headquarters, located in Medford, Oregon and the nearby communities of Grants Pass and Ashland are situated along Interstate 5.

The northern portion of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is accessible via Oregon State Highways 62 and 140. The western portion of the Forest can be reached via U.S. Highway 199 between Grants Pass and Crescent City, CA and from U.S. Highway 101 along the coast.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(541) 858-2200

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