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Wild Rogue Wilderness
IUCN Category Ib (Wilderness Area)
Location Curry / Coos counties, Oregon, USA
Nearest city Grants Pass, Oregon
Coordinates 42°36′14″N 124°02′34″W / 42.6039981°N 124.0428666°W / 42.6039981; -124.0428666Coordinates: 42°36′14″N 124°02′34″W / 42.6039981°N 124.0428666°W / 42.6039981; -124.0428666 [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 eighty-four 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, the Wild Rogue Wilderness is administered by both the BLM and the Forest Service.[2][3]



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]


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]


Hanging Rock in the Wild Rogue Wilderness.

Popular recreation activities in the Wild Rogue Wilderness include hiking, camping, rock climbing, and whitewater rafting. The Rogue River is one of the most popular white water runs in the world because of a steady water level due to upstream dams, sunny summer weather, and exciting white water rapids in 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 are still closed as the end of 2007.[2]


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