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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Rogue National
Wild and Scenic River

Program Overview

Management Plans and National Designations

  • 1968 - Designation as a National Wild and Scenic River
  • 1969 - BLM/USFS River Management Plans
  • 1972 - Joint Management Plan
  • 1973 - Rogue River Ranch listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • 1973 - Whisky Creek Cabin listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • 1978 - BLM - Hellgate Recreation Section Activity Plan
  • 1981 - Designation of the Rogue River National Recreation Trail
  • 1983 - Wild Section Activity Plan
  • 1987 - USFS Forest Plan
  • 1989 - BLM Hellgate Recreation Area Resource Management Plan Initiated
  • 1998 - Rogue River becomes pilot project for National Fee Demonstration Program
  • 1999 - Rand listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • 2002 - Rogue River Hazardous Fuel Reduction Project
  • 2003 - Hellgate Recreation Area Management Plan - Final Environmental Impact Statement (PDF)
  • 2004 - Hellgate Recreation Area Management Plan (PDF) and Record of Decision (PDF)

Studies for Revising the Hellgate Recreation Area Management Plan

  • 1992 - Economic Effects
  • 1993 - Recreation Impacts and User Perceptions
  • 1993 - Erosion
  • 1994 - Landowner Attitudes
  • 1995 - Boating Safety
  • 1995 - Effects of Boat Traffic on Juvenile Salmonids
  • 1996 - Cultural Resources

Mileage and Acreage

River Mileage

  • Hellgate Recreation Section - Applegate River to Grave Creek (BLM) - 27 miles
  • Wild Section - Grave Creek to Mule Creek (BLM) - 19.5 miles
  • Wild Section - Mule Creek to Watson Creek (USFS) - 12.9 miles
  • Recreation Section - Watson Creek to Blue Jay Creek (USFS) - 10.5 miles
  • Scenic Section - Blue Jay Creek to Slide Creek (USFS) - 7.5 miles
  • Recreation Section - Slide Creek to Lobster Creek (USFS) - 6.6 miles
  • Rogue National Wild and Scenic River Total Length - 84 miles

Trail Mileage

  • Rogue River National Recreation Trail - Grave Creek to Mule Creek (BLM) - 23.5 miles
  • Rogue River National Recreation Trail - Mule Creek to Big Bend (USFS) - 16 miles
  • Rogue River National Recreation Trail Total Length - 39.5 miles

River Corridor Total Acreage

The total acres shown here correspond with 46.5 miles of the Rogue River between the mouth of the Applegate River and Mule Creek. The river corridor includes land within a quarter mile of the river. Total acreage includes Bureau of Land Management land, Oregon State land, Josephine County land, and private land with scenic easements.

  • Hellgate Recreation Section - 7,777.72 acres
  • Wild Section - 6,522.12 acres
  • River Corridor Total Acreage - 14,299.84

Acquisitions

  • Acquisitions in Fee Title - 100 Acquisitions - 2,448.05 acres at $4,522,195
  • Scenic Easement Acquisitions - 168 Scenic Easements - 1,914 acres at $3,248,0641* (*1972)

Visitor Use 2013

Wild Section

  • Off-season Private use - 942 (Jan - May 14 & Oct 16 - Dec)
  • Private Floaters - 4,683 (May 15 - Oct 15: regulated use season)
  • Commercial Float Passengers - 4,251 (Entire Year: Jan 1 - Dec 31)
  • Total Floaters - 9,876

Total visitor capacity is 18,480 during the 154 day regulated use season, May 15 - October 15, with an allocated 50/50-private/commercial split, at 120 people per day allowed to put-in. This means 48% of all possible spaces were used in 2013.
*16,140 people is the actual maximum number that could float the Wild Rogue in the 2013 regulated use season due to the 12 day Fire River Closure and the 15 day government shutdown.

Hellgate Recreation Section

  • Commercial Motorized Tour Boat Passengers - 64,814
  • Commercial Floating and/or Fishing Passengers - 4,812
  • Total Commercial Floaters - 69,626

A conservative estimate of 48,500 private individuals boated the 27 mile Hellgate Recreation Section in 2013.

Commercial Recreation Permits and Fees in 2013

  • 44 Commercial Permits for the Wild Section
  • 75 Commercial Permits for the Hellgate Recreation Area
  • Commercial Fees Collected $213,817

Visual Resource Management Classes

  • VRM Class I within the 1/2 mile river corridor
  • VRM Class II within the remaining river viewshed

BLM Recreation Sites and Facilities

WILD SECTION - Grave Creek to Mule Creek

  • 64 Primitive Campsites, 16 toilets
  • Rogue River National Recreation Trail: 23.5 miles
  • Rainie Falls Trail: 2 miles
  • 1 Developed non-fee Campground - Tucker Flat, accessible by auto
  • 2 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places - Rogue River Ranch and Whisky Creek Cabin
  • 2 Archeological dig sites

HELLGATE RECREATION SECTION - Applegate River to Grave Creek

  • 1 Visitor Center - Smullin Visitor Center at Rand
  • 7 Boat Launch Sites on BLM administered land with toilets and parking (Grave Creek, Argo, Rand, Ennis, Hog Creek, Griffin, Whitehorse), 4 of which have BLM maintained toilets and 5 of which have BLM maintained parking areas
  • 2 Viewpoint/Parking Areas
  • 9 Recreation/River vehicle access sites, 5 with toilets, 3 of which have permanent BLM toilet structures - Chair, Rocky Bar, Carpenters Island, Rainbow, Hellgate, Robertson Bridge, Griffin, Finley Bend, Whitehorse
  • 41 Primitive Campsites, 1 with toilet
  • 42 Primitive Day Use Areas
  • 1 Float-In Campsite with toilet - Robert Dean
  • 1 site listed on the National Register of Historic Places - Rand Ranger Station
  • 2 Archeological dig sites

Cooperative River Management Agencies

Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Josephine County Parks Department, Josephine County Sheriff's Department, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon State Scenic Waterways, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Division of State Lands, Oregon State Police, Oregon State Marine Board, Oregon Water Resources Department, National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlifee.