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Wild Rogue Wilderness

Wild Rogue Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Location Curry / Coos counties, Oregon, USA
Nearest city Grants Pass, Oregon
Coordinates [1]
Area 35,818 acres (14,495 ha)
Established 1978
Governing body United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management

The Wild Rogue Wilderness is a wilderness area surrounding the 84-mile (135 km) Wild and Scenic portion of the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon, U.S. to protect the watershed. The wilderness was established in 1987 and now comprises 35,818 acres (14,495 ha). Because it spans part of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest as well as the Medford district of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Wild Rogue Wilderness is administered by both the BLM and the Forest Service.[2][3]


  • History 1
    • Expansion 1.1
  • Management 2
  • Biology 3
  • Recreation 4
  • References 5
  • See also 6
  • External links 7


The lure of gold in the 1850s attracted many miners, hunters, and stocker raisers. Conflicts between white settlers and Native Americans culminated in the Rogue River Wars of 1855–56. After their defeat, Native Americans were taken to reservations. Mining remnants such as pipe, flumes, trestles, and stamp mills can still be found in the wilderness.[2]


Environmental groups are advocating for a 58,000-acre (23,000 ha) expansion of the wilderness to spare old-growth forest from potential logging initiated by the BLM, as well as an addition of 93 miles (150 km) of streams to the Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The proposal has been introduced multiple times in the U.S. Congress by Oregon's elected officials.[4][5]


The Wild Rogue Wilderness is unusual in that the management of the Wild and Scenic River permits motorboat operation and lodge construction for accommodation. This would not normally be allowed in a designated wilderness area.[2]


Otters and salmon, including steelhead, inhabit the Rogue River within the wilderness, and black bears, Ospreys, and Great Blue Herons feed on the fish. Lizards, ticks, and rattlesnakes can be found in grassy areas above the river.[2]


Hanging Rock in the Wild Rogue Wilderness

Popular recreation activities in the Wild Rogue Wilderness include hiking, camping, rock climbing, fishing, and whitewater rafting. The Rogue River is one of the most popular whitewater runs in the world because of a steady water level due to upstream dams, sunny summer weather, and scenic forests and steep canyons.[2]

There are several hiking trails in the Wild Rogue, including the Rogue River National Recreation Trail, the Panther Ridge Trail along the northern border of the wilderness, and the Mule Creek Trail on the BLM portion of the wilderness. The Blossom fire of 2005 destroyed some of the hiking trails, which were still closed at the end of 2007.[2]


  1. ^ "Wild Rogue Wilderness".  
  2. ^ a b c d e f Rogue River Wilderness - Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
  3. ^ Rogue River National Wild and Scenic River - Bureau of Land Management
  4. ^ "H.R.3436". Library of Congress. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Wild Rogue Wilderness Proposal". Oregon Wild. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 

See also

External links

  • Wild Rogue Wilderness - Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
  • Save the Wild Rogue - Environmental group
  • "To save the Rogue River, its wilderness area must be expanded" by Todd Weck and Chris Daughters, Eugene Register-Guard, February 1, 2008
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