Famous for its chinook salmon and steelhead fishing and white water rafting, the Rogue River flows about 215 miles from the Cascades to the Pacific Ocean at Gold Beach.
The Rogue has the largest wild fish populations of any of Oregon’s coastal rivers and the production program out of Cole Rivers Hatchery is one of the biggest in the state. The Rogue may also be one of the most researched rivers in Oregon with many state and federal fishery projects conducted over the course of more than 60 years.
Recent dam removal
This is an epic time for the Rogue River. In the last few years, three older main stem dams -- Savage Rapids, Gold Hill and Gold Ray – have been removed resulting in 157 miles of free flowing river. A fourth dam on Elk Creek has been notched. These barrier removals, along with ongoing habitat protection and restoration efforts will clearly benefit the Rogue’s fish populations.
Historical Gold Ray Dam Fish Counts