New Rogue River Water Trail guide released

The waterproof guide sells for $6 and covers the river from Lost Creek Lake to Grave Creek
An example of the new Rogue River Water Trail guide shows areas of the middle Rogue near Galice.

A comprehensive new water-trail map of the upper and middle Rogue River is now available to rafters, fishermen and boaters who navigate the Rogue between Lost Creek Dam and Grave Creek.

The map, which costs $6, was produced at a cost of $7,500 by Travel Southern Oregon in conjunction with Oregon State Parks and Recreation, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State Marine Board, Travel Oregon, Bureau of Land Management, Josephine and Jackson County Parks, regional cities and Rogue River guide companies.

"It's completely waterproof," said Carolyn Hill, chief executive officer of Travel Southern Oregon. "The first thing some of us did when it arrived was put it in water to test it out. I can see it being used for years."

The Rogue's demeanor has changed with the removal of Gold Ray and Savage Rapids dams, providing some impetus for the new map. The state parks department previously produced water-trail maps for the Sandy River near Portland and a portion of the Willamette River.

"The goal of the map is to have an essential resource for the thousands of visitors to our region who come to enjoy the Rogue River," Hill said. "It's a boost for our hospitality and tourist places."

The full-color Rogue River Water Trail map includes river features such as riffles, rapids and falls, as well as landmarks, put-ins and take-outs, recreation areas, river highlights, historic references, restrooms, camping and picnic areas. The map also includes rules and regulations for navigating the Rogue River, showing boat ramps and trouble spots.

Design for the map was provided by Jeffery Jones Advertising and Marketing in Ashland and it was printed by Ram Offset Lithographers of White City.

The Rogue River Water Trail map can be purchased at Grants Pass/Josephine County Chamber and Visitor Center, Grants Pass Downtown Welcome Center, Orange Torpedo Trips, Rogue Wilderness Adventures, Morrison's Rogue River Lodge and other locations.

"It took a while to get this done," Hill said. "But I think this is something that could be done for the Klamath, Williamson and Illinois rivers, too."

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