The Best Fall Whitewater: Rogue River, Oregon

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Rogue River, Oregon.     Photo: Zachary Collier/Northwest Rafting Co.

The Rogue was one of the eight rivers initially protected by the passage of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968, so it’s been relatively untouched by the damming, commercial use, and agriculture that have altered other waterways. In it's entirety, the river runs 215 miles from Crater Lake National Park to the Pacific. Most people choose to take three to five days to paddle the 34-mile Wild section, from Grave Creek to Watson Creek. The federal designation means that use is heavily regulated, and the Bureau of Land Management keeps the number of boaters to 120 a day. Fishermen can find Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead, and Cutthroat Trout, among others.

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