Category: General Article
GPS Coordinates: 42.4225, -124.429167
The Rogue River stretches over 215 miles (346 km) from its headwaters located near the caldera known as Crater Lake, twisting its way through the rugged Klamath Mountains, until finally discharging into the Pacific Ocean at Gold Beach.
The river has enticed people to its banks for centuries, with some archaeologists estimating the area has been continually inhabited for over 8,000 years. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the river’s abundance of American Beaver culminated in wide-spread trapping and ultimately the depletion of the species. Today, however, the Rogue’s economic value is realized mostly through tourism and recreation. One of the most popular ways to explore the Rogue is by jet-boat. And though ripping up and down the river is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon, some of the jet-boat excursions may last several days and take you as far as one hundred miles (162 km) into the Rogue River Gorge.