GPS Coordinates: 42.4027295, -122.9806106
REGIONS > WESTERN OREGON
The Rogue River Valley is located in southern Oregon. The valley begins south of Ashland and runs approximately northwest to encompass the city of Medford and ends west of Grants Pass. It is named for the Rogue River which provides the primary drainage for the area.
The presence of the river and its tributaries has made this part of Oregon particularly fertile. Native Americans occupied the area as far back as 8,500 years ago and European and American settlers were attracted in by a prosperous beaver fur trade, abundant salmon, and a mild climate perfect for farming.
The relatively low human population (outside of the urban areas) and numerous parks, campgrounds and hiking trails has made the valley popular for outdoor adventuring. Every year, thousands of visitors kayak through the river's whitewater rapids or fish from its green, tree-lined banks. The rivers also provide a valuable water source for local agriculture which include numerous farms, orchards and vineyards.