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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Snakes - Southern Oregon

Southern Oregon's only poisonous snake is the rattlesnake. Both Western and Timber rattlers are found in the area. Rattlesnakes are usually found on south rocky slopes in inland areas. They are sometimes territorial, but will not pursue you. Don't step on one and you will be fine, though hikers are encouraged to carry a snakebite kit. Wear boots in tall grass.

Campers may also have to deal with porcupines, raccoons, skunks, mountain lions (cougars) and an occasional black bear. Since a ban on hound hunting became law a few years back, encounters between humans and large predators like bears and cougars have been on the increase.

Children should be taught not to scream or run at the sight of a cougar, since the cat will interpret them as prey. Black bears are generally not aggressive toward humans, but if one wants your lunch, don't argue.

Don't be too concerned about wildlife dangers. Predator attacks only happen a couple times a year, while dozens of people die from drowning.

During dry periods in July and August, many areas of forest are closed to the public because of fire danger.

Obey all signs.

Entering a closed area carries a maximum jail term of 18 months and a fine of $5,000. Actually starting a fire is felony arson.

Except in emergency conditions, improved campgrounds remain open all summer.

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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.