Rogue River Outfitters
Fishing The Rogue River-Day One
This will be approximately 11 mile day lodging at Black Bar Lodge. We meet at Argo at 9:30am You will at this time meet your guides, finish packing your water bags, get fitted for a life jacket and have a short safety speech. We are in our boats by 10:00 and will start fishing right away.
Twenty eight miles west of the City of Grants Pass, the Rogue River becomes a “National Wild and Scenic River". Even most Oregonians do not realize this designation is very special. There are only 166 rivers in the United States with this same title and the Rogue River was one of the original 8 rivers to be included in this act in 1968.
Our first significant rapid occurs just after we enter the wild scenic section of the Rogue, at Grave Creek. The site is named for Martha Leland Crowley, who was buried here in 1846.
Mile: 1.1 Sanderson - The concrete piers visible on both sides of the river are all that remain of the bridge used for mule pack trains and foot traffic. The bridge was built in 1907 and was destroyed by flood in 1927.
Mile 1.8: Rainie Falls. This falls was named for old man Rainie, who lived in a small cabin below the falls and made his living by gaffing salmon. Guides run our boats down a narrow channel while everyone else walks around this thundering drop.
Mile 4.8: Tyee Rapids-north bank. Tyee is the chinook word for chief. Tyee Bar (south Bank) is the site of a once-famous gold mine where 300 chinese workers took one million dollars in gold dust.
Mile 9.6: Upper and Lower Black Bar falls. Class III On river left, just below lower Black Bar Falls is Black Bar Lodge, the first of several lodges along the Rogue. The lodge was built in 1932.
This is our Lodge for the first night, Black bar Lodge.
Black Bar is a quaint lodge nestled in the trees out of view of the river. Just the setting you would imagine for a wilderness lodge. We will arrive about 4pm.
Black Bar Lodge offers 16 private log cabins nestled amongst the trees and two rooms inside the main lodge. Each cabin is gracefully decorated in a rustic lodge style with private bathrooms and at least 2 beds.
Two of Black Bars cabins offer up to 5 twin beds for larger groups.
Fishing The Rogue River, Day Two.
After a great dinner and a wonderful night on the Rogue River, we'll have a hearty breakfast, and head for the water. The Rogue River Fishing begins at 10:am.
Mile 11.1 Horseshoe Bend - Because the rock across the river is harder, the rock forced the river to carve its channel into the adjacent softer rock, creating the tight, horseshoe-shaped curve.
Mile 16.6: Battle Bar Campsite and historical site. A major battle during the 1850s between the US Cavalry and a band of locals Indians was fought here. The Bob Fox cabin is visible on the left bank. The cabin was built in the 1920s and partially destroyed in the 1964 flood.
Mile 17.5: Winkle Bar. This is the site of Zane Greys cabin. Grey purchased this mining claim from a gold prospector in 1926.
Mile 23: Rogue River Ranch and Mule Creek. Site of a historic, restored ranch.
Mile 23.5: Mule Creek Canyon Class IV A beautiful, narrow canyon formed as the river carves a path along a fault line.
Mile 25.5: Coffeepot a churning semi-whirlpool, two miles from the beginning of Mule Creek Canyon. The river bounces off the canyon walls creating diagonal waves and tricky currents. This is the narrowest passage on the river.
Mile 27.1: Blossom Bar Rapids. The Rogue's most famous rapids, named after the wild azaleas that bloom here in the spring. River pioneer Glen Woolridge, blasted a passage through this rapids using dynamite sunk in a weighted burlap sack.
Paradise Lodge sits just above the river. From the deck you can watch the river peacefully flow by.
From your beautiful rooms you will have a great view of the Devils Backbone. There is a lot to see and do at Paradise Lodge.
Paradise sits on a 85 acre parcel. On a calm stretch of the Rogue, just below blossum bar. At one time this stretch of the river was known as Paradise Bar, the first homesteader here was Charlie Pettinger who made this his home in 1903.
Last Day On Rogue River
With Lots Of Fish To Catch Today!
After a great night and a wonderful breakfast at the lodge we are back in the boats at 10:am. We have 12 miles today.
Mile 29: Huggin's Canyon. This section of the Rogue was named by Glen Wooldridge after a local hunter, Andy Huggins. Huggins lived for many years at Half Moon Bar, where his grave is located.
Mile 31.0: East Creek - south bank. This is the site of the former "General's Cabin" owned by Generals Eakers, Spaatz, LeMay, Anderson, and Twining. The land was sold to the group by Wooldridge as a former mining claim.
Mile 34.8: Flora Dell Creek -The creek is named after Flora Dell Thomas, Hathaway Jones' wife. Flora Dell Creek plunges over a 30 foot sheer wall into a deep trailside pool.
Mile 37.7: Watson Creek - Here are the remains of Buster Billings' cabin. This is also the End Of The Wild & Scenic Section of the Rogue River!
Mile 40.0: Foster Bar/Foster Creek- Named after Charles Foster, miner, packer and lieutenant in the military during the Indian wars. Foster escaped an Indian attack at this site and worked his way downriver to Port Orford (then Fort Orford). After the Indian wars Foster returned to settle in this area and married Catherine (a Karok Indian).
This is our take out point. Your shuttle van or your vehicles will meet us here.
This day is the end of our Journey together, people tend to be in a rush and attitudes tend to change about lunch time the 3rd day. If we could be so bold as to make one more suggestion. You and Your Group have traveled a long way to Fish the Famous Rogue River, take one more night for review.
From Foster Bar you could travel back to Grants Pass (3 hour drive) for one more night there. Or head to Gold Beach on Oregon's beautiful coast less than an hour away.
You can be showered, and sharing stories of the trip, over a 4 star dinner, on Oregon's Coast. Our favorite restaurant in Gold Beach is called Spinners, enjoy a terrific meal over looking the Pacific Ocean. No rush, No hurry, enjoy your third day on the Rogue River knowing you have one more night of vacation...