Monday, September 07, 2015

The Valley of the Rogue State Park

The Valley of the Rogue State Park is right off of I-5 in Oregon between Medford and Grants Pass. It sits along the shores of the Rogue River - known for its white waters.   We were looking for a spot with open sites for this weekend and landed here. It's a big park and there were two sites left when we reserved - side by side actually.

A  loop provides 14 tent sites and 6 yurts. B/C loops supply 49 full-hook up sites. We stayed in B loop (which is integrated with C loop). Sites are packed in fairly tightly. The D and E loop mirror the B/C loop and offer 46 full-hookup sites and 2 yurts. B/C loops contain the campgrounds' laundry facility. D/E loop sports a pet friendly facility. We never made it over to check this out.


Note the pull through spots  form a "ring" around the inner circle of sites. In the future we will select a back in site on the outer rim of B or D loop. E and C loops are tight circles surrounded by the outer rings of B and D.


The outer edges of both B and D loops give easy access to the self-guided River's Edge Trail and to the river itself.  If you can snag a spot on the far, outer side of either loop your site will back onto the trail. In the future we will try for D18,16,15  or  B21, 19, 18, 16, 15.  The second page of this brochure has a good map of the campground.


F Loop presents 55 water/electric sites only. We've stayed there with some dear camping buddies about a zillion years ago. The spaces are wider and you aren't packed in as closely. However, they are close to I5 and so there is much more road noise.

Valley of the Rogue offers free showers, nice bathrooms, JR ranger program, interpretive lectures, river access, River's Edge Trail and a laundry room - at a state park! Laundry is $1.25 to wash and .25 to dry (though I have no idea how long the cycle runs).

This is a nice park in a beautiful area. We visited on Labor Day weekend. Every spot was filled. It was a bit crowded for our taste - even so the park was surprisingly quiet.

You can reserve a campsite here. There is an $8 reservation fee. Tent sites are $19.00, water/electric sites are $26 and full-hookups are $29 a night. Yurts are available for $40-50 a night.

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