Head to Valley of the Rogue State Park

Don’t overlook Oregon’s most-visited state park.

Valley of the Rogue isn’t big—it’s a narrow 277-acre strip of land nestled between the winding Rogue River and Interstate 5—but it certainly punches above its weight. Don’t just take our word for it, though. The park drew 2 million visitors in 2021, making it the most-visited state park in Oregon. Folks come for the fishing and boating access, to stroll on the greenway trail, or to stake their spot in the 185-site campground. It’s a convenient and worthwhile place to camp for the night or even to simply take a driving break and stretch weary legs. With access this easy, however, the more you know about the state park’s camping options, activities and other considerations, the better. 


The park has 3 miles of shoreline on one side of the scenic, 215-mile Rogue River, which runs from Crater Lake to the Pacific Ocean. And it’s located right off Interstate 5 (not quite far enough from it to completely drain out the hum of traffic). The flip-side, however, is that immediate arrival makes the park an extremely convenient stop on larger regional tours and road trips—also making it a fast 18 miles from Medford, Oregon. 

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.

Go Fishing

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.

Nearby Destinations

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

All articles are for general informational purposes.  Each individual’s needs, preferences, goals and abilities may vary.  Be sure to obtain all appropriate training, expert supervision and/or medical advice before engaging in strenuous or potentially hazardous activity.