Wild River Trips: Rogue River

Carving a 215-mile path through southwest Oregon's Cascades from Crater Lake to the Pacific, the Rogue River was one of the first rivers declared "Wild and Scenic" by a 1968 Act of Congress.

The 34-mile section designated "Wild" starts where the lower Rogue meets its Grave Creek tributary, and is marked by Class III rapids and the Mule Creek Canyon. Passing through the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, the river is home to wildlife including black bears, river otters, bald eagles, and Chinook salmon, as well as the most diverse collection of flora west of the Smokies.

The Bureau of Land Management issues recreation permits May 15 through October 15. To take advantage, Noah's River Adventures offers outfitted rafting trips ranging from half a day to four days. For $895 you can raft and camp for three nights, or, if you want some creature comforts, you can throw lodges into the mix for some extra dough. Check the schedule for availability.