Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest embraces a treasure of botanical diversity, and is home to incredible wild and scenic rivers (more than 200 miles), isolated wildernesses (324,000 acres), outstanding fisheries and wildlife resources, and breath-taking landscapes of mountains, meadows, streams, and lakes.
Recreational opportunities abound on the Forest, from white water rafting to wilderness camping, from lake and stream fishingto snowmobiling. Hundreds of miles of trails welcome users of all types and abilities - wheelchairs, horses, bicycles, motorcycles, snow-mobiles, cross-country and downhill skiers, and hikers. Camping facilities, boat ramps, picnic areas, and cabin and fire look-out rentals are available seasonally, some under rental or use fees.
The Rogue River area covers 630,000 acres, and about 53,800 of those acres are in California. The Rogue River includes portions of three Wildernesses (Red Buttes, Rogue-Umpqua Divide, and Sky Lakes), and one Wild and Scenic River (Upper Rogue).
The Rogue River National Forest (until 1932 called the Crater National Forest) was established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908. The name Rogue River commemorates the Takelma Indians, whose defense of their homeland led early day French-Canadian trappers to call them les Coquins, "the Rogues."
The forest itself is composed of two separate areas of land: the Cascade Mountain and Siskiyou Mountain zones.
The Siskiyou area of this National Forest covers 1,094, 000 acres. Again, about 38,000 acres are in California. The Siskiyou area encompasses the entire Grassy Knob and Kalmiopsis Wildernesses, and shares the management of three more: Red Buttes. Siskiyou, and Wild Rogue. The Siskiyou area is also home to five Wild and Scenic Rivers: Chetco, Elk, Illinois, North Fork Smith, and Rogue. The name Siskiyou is a Cree Indian word for bob-tailed horse (bestowed in 1828by French Canadians working for the Hudson Bay Company).
The Siskiyou area embodies the most complex soils, geology, landscape, and plant communities in the Pacific Northwest. World-class wild rivers, biological diversity, remarkable fisheries resources, and complex watersheds define the Siskiyou. The Siskiyou is the most floristically diverse National Forest in the country with some extraordinary botanical resources.