Rogue River Guide

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.

Interactive Map


These videos also can be found on the interactive map above.

From our archives

  • Upper Rogue anglers can expect a three-peat - 4/11/2014

    Spring officially came to the upper Rogue River Tuesday morning when the first spring chinook salmon of the season showed up in the Cole Rivers...

  • Peak of the Season - 4/4/2014

    SHADY COVE — Carl Treseder lunged for the fishing rod pulsating wildly in the rod holder, tapping into the few useful minutes of...

  • Death stalks Hatch House trout - 3/16/2014

    Spring mornings carry a certain apprehension when Cole Rivers Hatchery Manager David Pease scans the watery fish-rearing troughs inside the "Hatch...

  • High-mountain hawgs - 3/7/2014

    UNION CREEK — On a slow and snowless January day at the Union Creek Resort, bored maintenance man Tyler Linson dealt with his idle hands the...

  • Groups seek to remove old dams on Evans Creek - 3/2/2014

    Two of Oregon's worst wild fish barriers could be removed from Evans Creek as early as the summer of 2015 under a plan to open as much as 70 miles of...

  • Rogue River whitewater park proposal to get first look - 2/24/2014

    GOLD HILL — A plan to turn a dicey Rogue River rapid into a world-class whitewater course and training center will get its first vetting...

  • Bill to relax new dredging rules dies in Oregon Legislature - 2/23/2014

    A bill that would have eased temporary suction-dredge rules two months before they go into effect has died in the Oregon Legislature, a victim of the...

  • Winter fly-fishing explodes on lower Rogue - 1/31/2014

    AGNESS — One of the driest winters on record, which has shut down winter steelhead fishing in the Rogue Valley, has created a perfect storm of...

  • Upper Rogue steelies do disappearing act - 1/24/2014

    Low water flows in the Rogue River continue to hamper what started as an early showing of winter steelhead in the upper Rogue, with no clear change...

  • Algae advisory lifted at Lost Creek Lake - 12/31/2013

    The Oregon Health Authority lifted its 108-day-long blue-green algae advisory at Lost Creek Lake Monday after confirming reduced levels of algae and...

  • Big chill stems Lost Creek Lake algae - 12/19/2013

    Bitter cold weather that has gripped Southern Oregon for the past two weeks appears to have knocked down a persistent blue-green algae bloom at Lost...

  • From hazard to kayakers' haven on the Rogue? - 11/6/2013

    GOLD HILL — Rafters and kayakers know this gnarly and dangerous Rogue River whitewater rapid as Mugger's Alley, and its main feature —...

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



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