Rogue River Ranch

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Rogue River Ranch

Oregon

(541) 618-2200

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Overview

Rogue River Ranch is on the National Register of Historic Places and is nestled in the heart of the Rogue River's wild section. Visitors are welcome to visit the ranch area and look inside the museum. Bureau of Land Management caretakers voluntarily staff the Ranch and emergency radio communications are available. Drinking water may be obtained from a faucet near the caretaker's house and there is a toilet in the field for ranch and river visitors. The Ranch is at the end of the Grave Creek to Marial Back Country Byway and Galice-Hellgate Back Country Byway. Numerous outdoor recreation opportunities exist in the areas around the ranch.

Once a major Rogue River Indian habitation site, the area has enjoyed a rich human history of over 9,000 years. When the Europeans arrived, the site turned into a small gold-mining community, with up to 100 residents trying to scratch a living from the gold-bearing gravel bars of the mighty Rogue River. The ranch structures remaining today represent the center of the old Marial community, which had a trading post with upstairs lodging, a blacksmith's shop, and numerous outbuildings that filled the early residents' social and commercial needs.

The terraces on both sides of the mouth of Mule Creek (viewed from the ranch) were seasonal Indian camps for over 8,000 years. At the time of historic settlement the Rogue River Canyon was used by several Native American groups. These groups all followed a hunting and gathering type of existence. Their main foods were fish, deer, acorns, and roots such as camas. There were many seasonal villages along the river.

Map of Rogue River Ranch

Latitude, Longitude: 42.712500, -123.887780

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating or rafting down the Rogue River is a unique and exciting way to reach the ranch.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Drive in on one of the several scenic byways that finish at the ranch.

  • Camping

    Tucker Flat Campground is very close to the ranch. It has six campsites and is maintained by the Bureau of Land Management. Tucker Flat is right next to Mule Creek and provides rustic, dry camping with toilets, picnic tables, and a trail head to the Wild Rogue Wilderness.

  • Hiking

    Visitors can hike from Grave Creek to the ranch, or simply enjoy some of the beautiful trails around the ranch.

    One of the most interesting ways to experience the Rogue River Canyon is by taking a backpacking trip on the Rogue River National Recreation Trail, which passes by Rogue River Ranch. The 40 mile Rogue River National Recreation Trail is in the heart of the National Wild and Scenic Rogue River Canyon. The trail runs from Grave Creek to Illahe.

  • Historic Sites

    The Rogue River Ranch is on the National Register of Historic Places and is nestled in the heart of the Rogue River's wild section. Once a major Native American habitation site, the area has enjoyed a rich human history of over 9,000 years. After Europeans arrived, the site evolved into a small gold-mining community, with up to 100 residents trying to scratch a living from the gold-bearing gravel bars of the mighty Rogue River. The ranch structures remaining today represent the center of the old community, which had a trading post with upstairs lodging, a blacksmith's shop, and numerous outbuildings that filled the early residents' social and commercial needs. Visitors are welcome to visit the ranch area and look inside the museum.

    Archeological excavations have shown that Native Americans used the Marial area for gathering at seasonal camps and then later on as permanent camping site. Two different ancient peoples have been noted to frequent the area, the Takelma and the Athabascan. While speaking different languages the basic way of life was the same with hunting, fishing, and gathering being the major occupations. Major food sources were fish, deer, acorns, and camas. The native way of life ended abruptly in 1850s.

  • Water Sports

    Rafting down the Rogue River is a unique and exciting way to reach the ranch.

Seasonality/Weather

The ranch is open to the public from May to October.

Directions

Driving

Rogue River Ranch is in SW Oregon, within the National Wild and Scenic Rogue River corridor. It can be reached by driving 45 to 75 miles from I-5, depending on the route you take. The drive to the ranch is 37 miles from Grave Creek.

Be prepared with a full tank of gas, food, and water, as there are no gas stations or services along the way. The roads are narrow and winding and take 2 hours or more to drive one-way. Road access is often blocked by snow in the winter months.

The ranch can also be accessed by boating or hiking. The ranch is 22 river miles and 23 trail miles from Grave Creek. Most people take two days to float or three days to hike to the ranch.

From Glendale 0 miles Exit 80 on I-5; go southwest to Glendale. 3 miles In Glendale, turn right on Douglas County Road #27/Reuben Road. Cross bridge and turn left past lumber mill. 8 miles Road junction; Douglas County Road #321. 16 miles At Riffle Creek junction; go left on paved BLM Road #32-7-19.3; follow signs to Marial. 24 miles Junction with BLM Road 32-8-31; turn right and follow paved road. 29 miles Road junction with BLM Road # 32-8-9.2 on right; go left and continue on 32-8-31. 30 miles Junction, turn left on BLM Road #32-9-14.2. 33 miles Marble Gap junction; continue ahead, pavement ends. 36 miles Fourmile Saddle junction; keep left and stay on 32-9-14.2. 45 miles Rogue River Ranch/Marial/Mule Creek.

From Galice 0 miles From town of Galice head north on Galice Road. 8 miles Cross Grave Creek Bridge and stay left on BLM Road #34-8-1. This route is the "Grave Creek to Marial Byway", follow byway signs to the Ranch. 13 miles Junction with Whisky Creek Road # 33-8-26; stay right on BLM Road 34-81, pavement ends; narrow road, watchout for other vehicles and log trucks! 16 miles At junction with BLM Road #338-13; stay left and continue on 34-8-1. 24 miles Junction with BLM Road # 32-831; go left and continue on paved road. 29 miles Road junction with BLM road # 32-8-9.2 on right; keep left and continue on 32-8-31. 30 miles Junction, turn left on BLM Road #32-9-14.2 33 miles Marble Gap junction; continue ahead, pavement ends. 36 miles Fourmile Saddle junction; go left and stay on 32-9-14.2. 45 miles Rogue River Ranch/Marial/Mule Creek.

Public Transportation

There are many businesses offering guided river trips, shuttle services, equipment rental, lodging, and supplies to assist you in your visit to the Rogue.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(541) 618-2200

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