Rogue River News & Updates
The Bear Camp Coastal Route and Eden Valley Shuttle Route are closed due to snow
- Check out the following page for more information on the Shuttle Routes: http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/rogue/shuttle-routes.php
Rogue River Trail Conditions Update
A gentleman hiked the trail earlier this week, Grave Creek to Foster Bar, and provided BLM with the following information: "In general the trail is passable. Nothing super-obstructing, can get around it all." He indicated that conditions were worse on the USFS section. He reported the following details:
- 2 small debris slides past Meadow Creek, covering the trail. Each about 5-7 feet wide. The material is loose, he had to kick steps through the debris, and he reported being glad that he had trekking poles to get through.
- Small debris slide in the vicinity of Quail Creek, trail passable.
- Number of trees down on BLM section, but nothing more than step-overs or walk arounds.
- Large tree down 1/2 mile past Marial Traihead. Very obstructing, very dense. Had to crawl through, can't go around due to terrain and brush. Difficult, but passable.
- Big Madrone across trail just past Inspiration Point, before Blossom Bar Creek.
- Large tree down just after Paradise Lodge, passable.
- Tree/rockslide after 1/2 Moon Bar, passable.
Rogue River Trail Maintenance Has NOT Been Done To Date
- Trail maintenance will occur April through June, after the rainy season.
- Logs have been cleared off the trail from Grave Creek downriver about 8 miles, to just below Bronco Creek.
- Trail conditions from mile 8 to mile 40 are unknown.
- Snow and high river flows have hampered trail maintenance efforts.
- Be prepared for trees across the trail, rock falls, impassable landslides, high water in the creeks and difficult shuttles.
- Updates will be posted on this web page.
Rainie Falls Trail Still Closed
- There is an impassable landslide about a mile downstream from Grave Creek.
- This web page will be updated when the trail is repaired and opened.
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 2016 Winner Letter with enclosures (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 2016 season.
- Smullin Visitor Center Phone Access Hours: May 5th–October 15th, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, seven days a week.
Illahe Road is blocked by a landslide
- Access to Foster Bar is currently blocked by a landslide on Illahe Road, County Road #375. Access is open north of Foster Bar, off Forest Service Road #33 and then Forest Service Road #3730.
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.
Rogue River Ranch and Smullin Visitor Center at Rand
- Drinking water NOT available 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.
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.