Spreading from rugged mountains and across expansive forests to nearly the Pacific Ocean, the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon captivates RV visitors with its wilderness and recreation opportunities. Though there are many fantastic places to hike and fish within this National Forest, the Rogue River that winds through the more than 1.7 million acres of forests and mountains is the jewel of the area.
Named as a National Wild and Scenic River, the Rogue River is outstanding for its beauty and the mountainous landscape it twists through. With fishing, boating, rafting, and hiking opportunities along the river, you’ll quickly see why campers return to visit the Rogue River again and again. Combined with a National Recreational Trail, eight designated wilderness areas, and the Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway, this National Forest will have you hopping out of your camper and heading out to explore.
Once separate National Forests, the Rogue River and Siskiyou National Forest are now managed jointly. Combined, there are 54 campgrounds to select from to park your rig and visit this scenic forest and river. To help you decide where to visit, we’ve highlighted three fantastic campgrounds that shouldn’t be overlooked.
You'll travel the 1.7 million acres of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest primarily on secondary roads. The coastal highway, Route 101 in Oregon, traverses the western edge of the National Forest. Spurs off of Route 5 provide access to the eastern edge of the forest and other nearby monuments and parks, such as Crater Lake.
Roads within the forest can be paved or gravel, and even a mixture of both. Most roadways are winding, as they follow streams and rivers. Drop-offs and steep grades are common as you venture into the coastal mountain range. Some roadways may be narrow and require pulling onto small turnouts to allow oncoming traffic to pass. Roads through the mountains may experience washouts and land or rockslides. Use caution when traveling along roadways, especially when visibility is reduced.
Forest access roads can be steep, narrow, and winding with erosion problems. Even in the summer months, it is best to venture deep into the National Forest in a smaller, four-wheel drive vehicle with a short turning radius. Turn around spots are few. Overhanging branches could cause problems for tall vehicles.
Weather can change quickly across the divergent elevations of the National Forest. Use caution when traveling through the forest and make certain you have the tires and rig capable of handling the roadways you will encounter no matter the season.
For a wilderness feel with nearby amenities, check out the North Fork Campground, which is situated in old growth forest on the shores of Fish Lake. A nearby boat launch at Fish Lake Resort provides access to the lake for fishing and boating, while numerous hiking trails will get you out of your camper and into the woods.
The nine campsites are open from May to October. Reservations can be made online, but a kiosk allowing first-come, first-serve registration is also located at the campground entrance. Of the nine sites, three are suitable for RVs 25 foot in length or less. The other six sites will require you to pitch a tent and park your rig elsewhere.
All campsites come with picnic tables and fire rings. Two latrine style toilets are available as is drinking water. However, there are no electric, water, or sewer hookups. The nearest facilities are located 20 miles away in Butte, so it is best to come prepared with water tanks full and holding tanks empty.
Located only a mile from Route 140, the thick old growth and well spaced campsites provide the feel of a deep woods experience. However, numerous lodges and campgrounds dot the area, providing access to amenities and additional recreation opportunities.
Conveniently located just downstream from the main take-out spot for boaters and rafters on the Rogue River, Foster Bar Campground is the perfect spot to stash your RV while heading out for a float. It also offers fantastic fishing opportunities for anglers, so bring along your rod. History buffs will love to learn more about the area, which was the location of the last battle of the Rogue River Indian Wars .
This campground is open year round and is first-come, first-serve only. Pick up a fee envelope from the registration kiosk before heading into the single loop located next to a meadow and adjacent to the Rogue River. There are eight campsites, four of which are suitable for campers 25 feet and under. The other four are tent-only.
There are no electric, water, or sewer hookups at this campground. Drinking water is available as is a newer flush toilet. During the summer months, trash service is also available. All campsites come with picnic tables, fire rings, and tent pads. Pets are welcome. The closest town is Agness, and other dump facilities are located over 30 miles away in Gold Beach.
This picturesque campground located on Fourbit Creek will have you getting away from it all, except for what you bring with you in your rig. The campground is located on one of the original, historic supply roads to Fort Klamath and offers seclusion as well as numerous hiking and fishing opportunities nearby. Open from May to September, all sites are first-come, first-served. There is a registration kiosk located at the campground entrance. Pick up a fee envelope before checking to see which sites are available.
There are seven campsites suitable to RVs up to 45 feet in length. The well-spaced campsites are naturally surfaced and come with a picnic table and fire ring. Drinking water and firewood is available at the nearby Whiskey Springs Campground. A latrine toilet is on-site, but there are no water, sewer, or electric hookups in the campground. Butte is located eleven miles away if you need dump facilities, but it is best to come prepared with water tanks full and your holding tank empty to this quiet spot away it from it all.
Whether you prefer road or mountain biking, bicycling opportunities are abound in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Seventeen miles of the 60-mile Wild Rivers Scenic Bikeway traverses through the forest and offers amazing views of the woodlands and rivers. There are also 31 other road bicycling areas, including the Glendale-Powers Bicycle Recreation Area. This area offers 74 miles of paved trails to explore. If you prefer the thrill of mountain biking, there are nearly 80 trails that will keep you and your adrenaline pumping.
From stunning mountain lakes to rivers that span from white water to placid floats, the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is a fantastic place to drop in your watercraft. If you prefer something with a motor, there are 12 options where you can launch your powerboat and explore scenic lakes. If a quiet paddle is more your thing, you’ll find 23 areas to head out and paddle idyllic rivers and lakes.
Encompassing wild rivers and lakes, the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest offers many opportunities to cast a line and reel in a fish that you’ll talk about for years. There are 19 sites to launch a boat and head out onto a pristine lake. But the real treat is if you want to drop your lure into a stream. With over 39 fantastic river and stream fishing spots, you’ll want to make sure you pack your rod and reel in your campervan.
Head out from your camper and explore the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest on your OHV to spot wildlife or view the scenic vistas of mountains, rivers, and lakes. There are 27 multi-use trails where Off-Highway Vehicles are allowed. Plus, the High Cascades Ranger District offers numerous trails and an open riding area. All OHVs must be registered and operated by a legal rider wearing proper gear. There are several campgrounds that are specific to OHV use for ease of trail access.
With eight designated wilderness areas that do not allow any motorized access, one of the best ways to experience the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is on foot. There are over 100 day hikes that range from short interpretative walks to more strenuous loop trails. If you want to stay away from your camping trailer for a few days, over 60 trails offer backpacking routes. Check out the Rogue River National Recreation Trail for a wilderness experience dedicated only to hikers.
The winter brings a new way to enjoy the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Head out on your snowmobile to 19 different trails and areas to wind through the deep snow of the pine forest and across frozen streams and lakes. Four of the areas are Sno-Parks, providing access to warming huts, parking, and multiple trails. Valid Sno-Park permits are required. All snowmobiles must be registered and operated responsibly. Chains and tires are required on all vehicles during the winter.