There are many locations suitable for camping along the Rogue River. The public may camp anywhere along the river on undeveloped public land unless designated otherwise (e.g. as Day Use Only), but there is a 14 day camping limit on all public lands. Along the recreation section of the river, there are also developed campgrounds administrated by Josephine County Parks.
Please keep in mind that (specifically in the Wild Section) there can be considerable competition for larger or well used campsites. To avoid this becoming a problem, please consider staying at less frequented spots during your trip. The Rogue River Trail Guide or Rogue River Float Guide (available for purchase at the Rand Visitor Center) are both good sources of information on other spots suitable for camping besides the ones noted below.
Specific Camping Areas
In the Hellgate Recreation Section
There are 4 developed campgrounds, operated by Josephine County Parks on this 27 mile stretch of river—White Horse, Griffin, Indian Mary, and Almeda—which parties can camp at for a fee. Because so much private property lies between the mouth of the Applegate River and Hog Creek, camping is not allowed along this stretch except in the developed campgrounds. Between Hog Creek and Grave Creek, camping is also allowed on undeveloped public land along the Rogue. The public is asked to be courteous and respect all private property.
In the Wild Section
Many established (but unmarked and undeveloped) campsites exist along the Wild stretch of the river, but camping is also allowed anywhere that is physically suitable for your group. Some camping areas along the river are accessible from the Rogue River Trail via small footpaths; however, many campsites also exist closer to the trail meant primarily for use by hikers. Some camping spots to visit include:
- Rogue River Ranch—Rogue River Ranch is maintained by the Bureau of Land Management and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors are welcome to explore the ranch area and look inside the museum when it is open. The ranch has a picnic table, toilet, and a small parking area for visitors. Volunteers keep the museum open and maintain the ranch from May to October.
- Tucker Flat Campground—Tucker Flat Campground 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.
- Foster Bar and Illahe—The west trail head, Foster Bar, has camping, toilets and overnight parking. Drinking water is available, May through September, one mile downriver at Illahe Campground. Camp hosts staff both Foster Bar and Illahe campgrounds May through September. Contact the U.S. Forest Service for more information on Foster Bar and Illahe campgrounds.
A note about the Grave Creek Area:
- Grave Creek Boat Ramp (east trail head) has toilets and a small parking area at the beginning of the trail head. Overnight parking and camping are not allowed at the Grave Creek boat ramp area. Drinking water and camping are available about 4 miles upriver from Grave Creek, at Almeda Campground. This is a Josephine County Parks campground open year round, with a camp host April 15 to October 15. Water is available April to November.