Rogue River Valley, Oregon - Southern Oregon is divided into three main river basins; the Umpqua River, the Rogue River, and the Klamath Basin. The Umpqua meets the Pacific at Reedsport, the Rogue mouth is near Gold Beach, and the Klamath empties at the Redwoods National Park in Northern California. All three rivers have their headwaters in the Cascade Mountains on the slopes of Crater Lake, Oregon's only national park. The Rogue River is a designated National Scenic River, and formed much of the backdrop for the Meryl Streep movie "The River Wild." Jet boat trips and white water rafting are very popular.

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The Rogue and the Illinois Valleys

Just north of Medford along the I-5 corridor which follows the Rogue River to Grants Pass. Referred to as the "whitewater rafting capital of the State of Oregon" There is something to offer everyone here. Historic homes, antique shops, and bed and breakfast inns enhance this National Historic District. Jet boat excursions through "Wild and Scenic" sections of the Rogue River. Steelhead and Salmon fishing is available for all levels of expertice.

Birds eye views of the Rogue River with a hot air balloon ride is an exhilirating experience. "Its the Climate" proclaims a sign at the entrance to the city of Grants Pass, and the weather is almost as pleasant as California's.

Grants Pass, Oregon started out as a stop on the stagecoach road between Sacramento, California and Portland, Oregon. It was more than likely the excellent weather and its close proximity to some of the most spectacular scenery that made it much more than a crossroads town. With the Rogue River running through the center of town, it is no surprise that most recreational activities focus around the water. Located at the junction of I-5 and U.S. 199 Grants Pass is also the largest town as you are heading for the redwood forest.

Grants Pass, Oregon makes a good base if you are trying to see a big region in a short time. Located 90 miles southwest of the Northern California Coast and about the same amount of miles to the Crater Lake National Park.

More to see while in Grants Pass, Oregon

After you have enjoyed the rivers and mountains, history buffs can pick up at the Information Center a free map of the towns historic buildings.

Several small Museums:

Schmidt House Museum
Grants Pass Museum of Art
Wiseman Gallery - at the Rogue Community College
Riverside Park - in the center of town, is a popular recreation spot for all ages.
Golden Oregon Historic Tours - offer guided tours that include the Rogue River and the Schmidt House Museum, and a gold mining ghost town.

You will also want to see the several wineries along U.S. 199 and Oregon highway 46.

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Rogue River Valley, Oregon - The Siskiyou Mountains stretch between the Cascade Mountains and the Coast Range at the California border. The entire area is more vertical than most other parts of the state, which leads to numerous waterfalls, lots of whitewater rapids, and some spectacular scenery. Rogue River Valley is outside the main population centers of the state and the area has a very rural flavor. Major industries are tourism, wood products and agriculture. The climate is generally milder and more Mediterranean than North Western Oregon. Average rainfallis about 20 % lower and the temperatures are a bit higher.