The Rogue River, a Perfect Place to Play
Our River is “Wild and Scenic”
The Rogue River springs from the earth at the west side of Crater Lake in Oregon’s Cascade Range. Beginning its journey at 5,300 feet in elevation, the Rogue travels over 200 miles to the Pacific Ocean at Gold Beach. On the way, it passes through some of the most extraordinary scenery Oregon has to offer, and many of the dramatic canyons, lush, green forests, and crystal-clear waterfalls can only be seen from this river vantage point, while much of the river-frontage is largely untouched by civilization. Calling it “Wild and Scenic”, though, was not our idea. One of the original eight rivers to be included in the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the Rogue has 124 miles that were considered exceptionally beautiful, and this act protects it “for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.”
Your trip with Morrison’s Rogue Wilderness will take place in the heart of this special section of the Rogue. Morrison’s Rogue Wilderness is committed to protecting and preserving our river. We leave no trace of our presence in the wilderness—on shore or in the water—ensuring that the areas we visit remain a sustainable home for the plants and animals who live here. We partner with the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service in protecting this incredible natural resource, and actively work with conservation efforts to help maintain this and other rivers, supporting environmental organizations such as Oregon Water Trust, Friends of the River, and Northwest Steelheaders.
The Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River is one of the most popular whitewater runs in the world, attracting rafters of all ages and levels of experience. A trip down the Rogue provides a number of unique opportunities including exhilarating rapids, warm-water swimming holes, sandy beaches, river-side camping, endless sightseeing and wildlife viewing, and plenty of laugh-out-loud fun.
What do the rapid classes mean?
River rapids throughout the world are rated according to the International Scale of River Difficulty, as follows:
- Class I – Easy. Fast-moving water with riffles and small waves that are like small speed bumps on a river.
- Class II – Novice. Straightforward rapids with wide clear channels; slightly more adventurous than Class I.
- Class III – Intermediate. Rapids with moderate, irregular waves. This is the first stage where you’ll probably get a little wet and your adrenaline definitely gets going.
- Class IV – Advanced. Intense rapids that are powerful but predictable.
- Class V – Expert. Long, obstructed, or violent rapids. These rapids run longer distances and require greater skill than Class IV rapids.
- Class VI – Extreme. Class VI runs are rarely attempted, as they represent extreme difficulty and unpredictability.