Between Rogue River and Gold Hill is Rock Point, the site of an old covered bridge in 1859. The original builder charged a toll to cross. Later it was given to teh State of Oregon and replaced with this reinforced concrete bridge.
It is a popular area to swim and float the river. There are small rapids just downstream but a calm area to float the river.
A short movie clip:
The famous Rooster Crow is held the last weekend of June in Rogue River. Roosters are given 30 minutes to crow and the rooster with the most crows wins a prize for its owner.
But it gets better. There is a human crowing contest and that brings out the laughs for sure :)
One of the unusual sights in Rogue River are the onion domes and ikon paintings of the St. Innocent Eastern (Russian Orthodox outside of Russia) Orthodox Church. Founded in 1982 by about 30 devotees of the Orthodox faith, St. Innocent is gathering funds to build the first Russian Orthodox Church built from scratch in the USA since the Russian revolution.
You can stop, look, sign the guestbook, and hold your own silent observations. Services are held in another church in nearby Wimer until the new church is built.
Russian orthodoxy has about 250 million memebers worldwide, second only to the Catholic Church. There are about 10 million members in the USA.
A real small-town parade complete with tractors, wiener dogs, rooster crow queens and the whole town is either in or watching the parade.
It lasts an hour in a short run down main street ending near the street festival and rooster crowing groudns for the world famous competition. Well, at least it is famous among roosters.
The first turn into Rogue River gives a view of a mural welcoming people to Rogue River, home to beautiful scenery, great fishing, rafting, at rooster crowing competition and nice people.
The mural was painted by high school students from Rogue River Hill school in the summer of 2008.
Before it was called Rogue River, the town was called woodville and several local buidings bear that name, including the historical museum.
An old house full of local memoralbilia commemorating the start of the town from gold rush, to lumber rush to modern days.
The new bridge connecting Interstate 5, the Rogue River Highway and downtown Rogue River was completed Fall 2007.
As the removal of Savage Rapids Dam proceeds downstream, the number of Salmon and Steelhead will increase.
As you enter town you may see a wooden Rooster greeting you. That is becasue since 1963 Rogue River has been the home to the national Rooster crowing competition.
A throwback to the days when the sheriff would toss you into the stockade until you were sober or a judge could pass sentence.
A lovely botanical park with 150 tree specimens, it is one of the local secrets.
It is better to come in Summer and try to find all of them!
I nice bike ride for about a mile from the depot street bridge affording river views along the way.
Valley of the Rogue is a state campground with RV, tent and rentable Yurt camping.
This park was created in the center of the city to welcome visitors and locals. Has a man-made creek, parking and restrooms right in the center.