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Wild Rogue Wilderness

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Area Management

The Wild Rogue Wilderness is part of the 110 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Wild Rogue Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

Bureau of Land Management Information

The Forest Service administers the entire wilderness, including the Bureau of Land Management portion. The Forest Service regulations below apply to the entire wilderness.

Forest Service Information

General Wilderness Prohibitions

Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters, unless provided for in specific legislation.

In a few areas some exceptions allowing the use of motorized equipment or mechanical transport are described in the special regulations in effect for a specific area. Contact the Forest Service office or visit the websites listed for more specific information.

These general prohibitions have been implemented for all national forest wildernesses in order to implement the provisions of the Wilderness Act of 1964. The Wilderness Act requires management of human-caused impacts and protection of the area's wilderness character to insure that it is "unimpaired for the future use and enjoyment as wilderness." Use of the equipment listed as prohibited in wilderness is inconsistent with the provision in the Wilderness Act which mandates opportunities for solitude or primitive recreation and that wilderness is a place that is in contrast with areas where people and their works are dominant.

Wilderness-Specific Regulations

Wilderness managers often need to take action to limit the impacts caused by visitor activities in order to protect the natural conditions of wilderness as required by the Wilderness Act of 1964. Managers typically implement 'indirect' types of actions such as information and education measures before selecting more restrictive measures. When regulations are necessary, they are implemented with the specific intent of balancing the need to preserve the character of the wilderness while providing for the use and enjoyment of wilderness.

The following wilderness regulations are in effect for this area. Not all regulations are in effect for every wilderness. Contact the Forest Service office or visit the websites listed for more specific information about the regulations listed.


-- Permits are required for floating between Grave Creek and Foster Bar from May 15 through October 15. Noncommercial float permits cost $10 per person, per trip and are also required for all hikes on the Rogue River Trail that are supported by boaters.

-- Between October 16 and May 14 noncommercial boaters using the Wild Section of the Rogue River are requested to stop by the Smullin Visitor Center at Rand in Galice or at the Grave Creek Boat Ramp to fill out a self-issuing permit. There are no fees for the self-issuing permits and no restrictions on the number of floaters per day. Adherence to the "Conditions of Use" on the back of the self-issuing permit is required.

-- Noncommercial jet boat operators looking for a permit to motor up the Wild Section of the Rogue River, between Watson Creek and the pool just above the Devils Stairs Rapid, can contact Cougar Lane Store, in Agness, at 541-247-7233. There is a maximum of six noncommercial jet boat permits issued per day between May 15 and November 15. Noncommercial jet boat permits can be issued up to 14 days in advance of the launch date.

Learn more about why regulations may be necessary in wilderness.


The following user fee system(s) have been implemented for this wilderness: RIVER PERMIT. Fees are most often used to offset the operating costs of a permit system or to help fund management activities such as trail maintenance. Contact the Forest Service office or visit the websites listed for more specific information on this fee system.

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