Lower Rogue Sub-basin
The Lower Rogue sub-basin is a watershed that covers a 906-square mile area and empties into the Pacific Ocean at Gold Beach. The Middle Rogue, Applegate and Illinois sub-basins all drain into the Lower Rogue. A popular white water rafting destination, the Wild and Scenic section of the Lower Rogue River is located here and includes part of the Wild Rogue Wilderness Area. An 84.5-mile section of the Lower Rogue— from the mouth of the Applegate River downstream to the Lobster Creek Bridge—was one of the original eight rivers designated in the 1968 National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The sub-basin covers portions of Josephine and Curry Counties, with miniscule portions of the watershed in Coos County.
The land within the sub-basin is primarily remote and difficult to access forest lands between Galice and Marial, with a network of Forest Service and BLM roads being the major access throughout. The BLM manages the majority of the upstream portions of the sub-basin and the Forest Service manages the majority of the land downstream until private ownership begins to dominate approximately 10 miles up from the mouth of the river at Gold Beach.
Important tributaries in the Lower Rogue include Grave, Lobster, Shasta Costa, Jumpoff Joe, Mule, Whisky and Kelsey Creeks. Settlements in this watershed are few, limited to Merlin, Wolf Creek, Sunny Valley and Gold Beach.
Rogue Riverkeeper is working to secure permanent protections for part of this region through an expansion of Wild and Scenic and Wilderness designations. We also work to address impacts from gold and gravel mining in the Lower Rogue.