Things To Do
Float the Rogue
There’s a boat ramp at the park if you want to launch your own paddling excursion. Though the immediate section downriver features no significant whitewater to speak of, the current is still swift and favors more experienced paddlers. Local outfitters can offer shuttle services, while the nearby Rogue Rafting Company can guide you on a variety of whitewater raft trips on sections of the river.
Depending on the time of year, you might catch a steelhead in the waters of the Rogue. From May to July, it’s spring salmon season. And from July to September, you’ll find Chinook king salmon. (In the summer months you can also cast for steelhead.) If you need to hire a guide or want to get the current report, ask the folks at Fishing the Rogue.
Walk or Bike the Greenway
From camp there’s a short 1-mile flat stroll along the River’s Edge Trail, a dirt path along the river for walkers and runners only. That trail intersects with a 4-mile section of the paved Rogue River Greenway Trail that traces the northern side of the river and extends to the town of Rogue River. The well-shaded greenway winds through the park, making it easy to enjoy a riverside bike ride, walk, or run.
Play at the Park
Valley of the Rogue has horseshoe pits, a disc golf course, plus a sand volleyball court that help make a relaxing day slightly more active. But bring your own snacks for a pitstop or a shady picnic; there’s no food sold at the campground.
If you’re linking a night at the park with other outdoor must-dos in the region, Crater Lake National Park is just over 90 minutes away, Oregon Caves National Monument is just under, and Brookings (a warm beach town on a dramatic stretch of the Pacific Ocean with sea stacks and rock formations) is two hours away.
Where To Stay
Sure, you could stay in nearby Medford or Grants Pass, but the park has its own 185-site campground, including eight yurts (pet-friendly, with lights and heat) and three group campsites. Campers can expect flush toilets, hot showers, and laundry. There are full-hookup sites, electric sites, and tent sites. All tent sites in the A Loop are adjacent to the river, but A1-A3 are closest to the water and the river’s edge trail. Campsites E7 and A8 are accessible sites. Reservations can be made up to six months ahead of time at oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com.
When To Go
You can visit the park year-round (there’s camping available all year), but the summer months, with their warmer temps in the 80s-90s, are some of the most pleasant for longer days on or by the water. Late July to early August is peak tourist season, but for good reason.
Medford and Grants Pass are the closest larger towns to stock up on food and supplies, with their many grocery and outdoor stores. In Grants Pass, stop at the Rogue Creamery Dairy and Farm Stand for a grilled cheese sandwich and a cold drink. In Medford, try Jasper’s Café for a gourmet burger, from a classic beef or veggie patty to a more adventurous bison, elk, boar, or kangaroo. For a locally brewed cold beer on an outdoor patio, try Common Block Brewing Company.