W E L C O M E T O
R A N T S P A S S
O R E G O N
The mild climate and world famous Rogue River
bring many visitors to Grants Pass. The Rogue winds through the
old downtown area, which has been designated a National Historic
District. Located 63 miles south of Roseburg at the junction of
I-5 and US 199, Grants Pass has an annual rainfall of 30 inches
and a yearly mean temperature of 52 degrees. Local residents have
displayed a banner that justifiably proclaims "It's the Climate".
Fishing, rafting, hiking and more are popular outdoor activities
in Grants Pass. Since the city is midway between the mouth and
the source of the Rogue, it's no surprise that many activities
are water oriented. One of the most scenic areas is the 250 foot
deep Hellgate Canyon where the river rushes through a narrow rock
cleft. It can be seen from an overlook on the Merlin-Galice road
(take Exit 61 off I-5). Or, take a short jet boat trip through
this scenic section. Other ways to enjoy the river are drift boat
trips, oar rafts, or one person kayaks. There are many guide and
boat services offering trips and tours to suit every vacation
plan, and several places rent rafts or kayaks.
The upper Rogue is renowned for its salmon and steelhead fishing.
Anglers can try fly fishing, bank fishing and drift boat fishing.
If your time is limited, try a guided trip (usually between one
and four days) for help finding those secret fishing holes.
Another way to experience the Rogue is by hiking on the Rogue
River Trail. The trail, which is 40 miles one way, runs from Graves
Creek to Illahe. It follows the river closely several hundred
feet above the water, giving the hiker spectacular views of the
canyon and river below. The best time to hike the trail is in
the spring, when wildflowers and water are abundant. For a one
day seven mile round trip hike, take the trail from Graves Creek
to Whiskey Creek and back. There are many waterfalls and rapids,
as well as many different kinds of plant and animal life. A sign
near the beginning of the trail marks the high water mark from
the flood of December, 1964.
Lined with trees, the city center is filled with antique stores,
unique restaurants and specialty shops. Tours are available of
the historic business district and surrounding residential neighborhoods,
which feature an unusual mix of architectural periods, reflecting
the colorful past of this former stagecoach and rail stop.