Welcome to our guide to floating and fishing the upper Rogue River. Check out a series of videos by Mail Tribune outdoors writer Mark Freeman and photographer Jamie Lusch, read archived stories about the river and find resources for information on using the river and enjoying its wildlife. Use the map below to watch videos about the river as well as to find the best fishing holes, swimming sites and public-access points along Jackson County’s most popular stretch of water.
Here's an introduction to our video project and the river. Then, explore the rest of the river.

Map legend

  • Yellow markers - Public boat ramps
  • Red markers - Fishing pools and riffles
  • Light blue markers - Wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Dark blue markers - Public swimming holes
  • White markers - Navigational tips
  • Green markers - Bridges

From our archives

  • Lost Creek Lake algae bloom subsides - 2/26/2015

    The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory warning against contact with Lost Creek Lake water after testing found the level of...

  • Lost Creek Lake logjam could become hazard for boaters - 2/23/2015

    TRAIL — Water managers and marine patrollers are mulling whether they will need to remove the largest pile of woody debris collected at...

  • Coho salmon road trip - 2/13/2015

    Improving side-channel river habitat, curbing urban influences on water quality and getting more beaver dams are all identified as steps to help...

  • Rafters speed down the rampaging Rogue River - 2/13/2015

    Will Volpert, Aaron Lieberman and Hunter Connolly say they're not crazy. They just wanted to experience the full force of the Rogue River, which...

  • Surf City - 2/13/2015

    As last week's warm rains pounded Southern Oregon, Medford's Ryan Allred and his gonzo kayak buddies of yore kept a close eye on the Bear Creek...

  • Trail tenders - 11/7/2014

    MARIAL —  While working in the summer of 2005 as a caretaker of the famed Rogue River Ranch along the Wild and Scenic...

  • Misadventure on The Rogue - 10/17/2014

    Last Saturday, the Rogue Fly Fishers had their annual steelhead tournament. Participants pay $150 each for the privilege of being rowed down the...

  • Wild chinook making early splash in Bear Creek - 9/27/2014

    Bear Creek has come alive with chinook this past week.

  • Whitewater cowboys - 8/29/2014

    SUPs are the new whitewater fad on the upper Rogue River.

  • "King of the Rogue" is a splash - 8/17/2014

    Competitors in a whitewater competition on the Rogue River in Gold Hill Saturday often spent as much time swimming as they did paddling.


  • Pluggin' for steelies - 8/1/2014

    SHADY COVE — When Ryan Forbuss travels to the upper Rogue River in search of steelhead, the Grants Pass man brings a little of the middle Rogue...

  • Boomers on the Trail - 7/11/2014

    For more than 20 years, my wife, Barbara, and I had dreamed of hiking the trail along the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River. In May, we made...