The Rogue Valley is nestled between the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains, just north of the California border, on the I-5 corridor. The world famous Rogue River flows out of the shoulder of Crater Lake and cuts through an incredibly diverse landscape of mixed-conifer forests, oak woodlands and grasslands. The rich soils of the valley floor host many vibrant and dynamic communities, farmland, orchards and vineyards.
It is home to many species of wildlife and is one of the most botanically diverse areas in the world. Opportunity for outdoor recreation is abundant. If you enjoy hiking, swimming, rafting, kayaking, running, biking, fishing, or exploring, you can find it here.
The entire population of the Rogue basin is just over 250,000, with the majority of the people living in the area between Grants Pass, Medford and Ashland, which includes the towns of Central Point, Jacksonville, Phoenix and Talent. The rural Applegate and Williams Valleys are filled with orchards, wineries, small farms, and historic sites.
Rogue River salmon were the backbone of the local Native American diet and culture, and today supports commercial and recreational fisheries while serving as the iconic symbol of the Pacific Northwest. In addition to the Rogue River, more than 4,000 miles of fish-bearing tributary streams are found throughout the watershed. While the Rogue is second only to the Columbia River in Oregon for salmon returns, Rogue salmon fisheries have been in decline for decades despite fishing restrictions and mitigation efforts.
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