Rogue River News & Updates
Helicopter Operations along the Rogue River
Wildfires occur frequently along the Rogue River. Firefighting helicopters may dip water anywhere along the recreation and wild sections of river. While this is a very interesting operation, river recreationists can put themselves and firefighting operations at risk by getting too close.
If you encounter helicopter operations while on the river:
- Yield to helicopters during dipping operations.
- Move to the side of the river to allow helicopters to maneuver.
- If a helicopter is dipping, hold up until they are gone and then quickly move down river out of their way.
- Please do not congregate to watch dipping operations.
- If fire personnel are present, please follow their instructions.
For more information contact the Smullin Visitor Center at Rand at 541-479-3735.
Campfire Regulations - No Campfires on the Rogue Wild and Scenic River
- Between the Applegate River and Foster Bar open fires are prohibited, including camp fires, charcoal fires, cooking fires, and warming fires.
- Please familiarize yourself with all campfire restrictions for the Rogue River located at Fire Precautions.
Bathroom Closure - Whiskey Creek
- The toilet at Whiskey Creek campsite is closed until further notice.
New Videos for 2015—Wild Rogue River Commercial and Noncommercial Permit Guidelines
All Wild Section Rogue River boaters are asked to review one of the 2015 Wild Rogue River Permit Guideline Videos before going on their Wild Section Rogue River float trip. This includes Commercial and Noncommercial boaters.
Self-issuing, Wild Rogue off-season permits are now available (Oct 16 - May 14).
Permit forms can be found:
- Online at: http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/rogue/files/off-season_permit.pdf
- At the Smullin Visitor Center at Rand (drop box at front door)
- Grave Creek Bridge (drop box at north end of bridge)
Remember to use "Leave No Trace" techniques. Fire pans and portable toilets are required for all boaters. All unburned fire residue must be hauled out and not left behind.
Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit
- Oregon requires an Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit for all manually powered boats ten feet or longer. Permits can be purchased online or at ODFW License Agents and ODFW Offices.
How to Get a Wild Rogue Noncommercial Float Permit
- Visit the How to get a Permit page for additional options to get a float permit after the lottery process and keep a lookout for cancellations on the Float Space Openings page.
- If you were successful in the lottery a Confirmation Letter (PDF) has been sent to the party leader. This letter includes important information regarding the permit and floating on the river. You can view the individual documents on the Rogue River Permits page. They have been revised and updated for the 2015 season.
- Smullin Visitor Center Phone Access Hours: May 5th–October 15th, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, seven days a week.
Good News! Foster Bar facilities are OPEN
- The Forest Service has a volunteer host at Foster Bar and all facilities, including the SCAT machine, toilets, and campground, are open.
Rogue River Ranch and Smullin Visitor Center at Rand
- Drinking water NOT available until further notice.
Big Windy Wildfire Affects Rogue River