Merlin and Galice Oregon,
Gateway To The Wild & Scenic Rogue River
The little hamlet of Merlin is located northwest of Grants Pass and is the home base for many outfitters and fishing guides. This and the fact that Merlin is close to the 84-mile segment of the Rogue River set aside by Congress under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968, is why Merlin is known as the "Gateway To The Wild & Scenic Rogue River."
IF DRIVING Back Road from Merlin to Agness - READ BELOW...

Located nearby is the famous Hellgate Canyon (on Galice Hwy.) where Rooster Cogburn with John Wayne and many other Westerns were filmed. Above Merlin is Grave Creek, the starting point for the 32 mile "wild" section of the Rogue River.
Great Fishing and rafting on the white waters are but some of the activities available in the Merlin area. One of the best hiking trails around is the famous Rogue River Wild and Scenic Trail which starts at Grave Creek above Merlin and runs downstream 40 miles through the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River to Foster Bar. A permit, available by lottery, is required in the summer for floating some sections of the river; contact US Forest Service, River Permits, 14335 Galice Rd., Merlin, OR 97532.

Historical Background On Galice - Louis Galice, a French doctor, was one of the first to prospect in the wild country of the lower Rogue canyons. In 1851, a few miles below Hellgate Canyon, he discovered gold nuggets in the creek which now bears his name. Located in Galice is Galice Resort, Morrison's Lodge and some rafting activities.
IF DRIVING ON BACK ROAD FROM MERLIN TO AGNESS. It is a very dangerous mountain road, it takes 3 hours to drive 25 miles, and the east entrance is not clearly marked as a dangerous road. There have been several accidents on this road, including one nationally publicized accident that ended in tragedy. Perhaps if the road was marked as a particularly dangerous mountain trail, then there would be fewer accidents.
Recreational Highlights Of The Merlin-Galice Area
Sponsored by the Historic Rogue River Loop Project & Merlin-North County Business Association:

Visit Indian Mary Park - Click to the Loop
Located north of town is the historic Indian Mary Park. It is the smallest Indian reservation ever created. Indian Mary Park is now a county park set on the beautiful Rogue River. Camping space is available and includes RV's and tents.

Visit - Historic Pottsville - Click to the Loop
For an interesting journey back in time visit the legendary Pottsville, the home of historic gas engines and buildings. It is located on Pleasant Valley Rd., off of Merlin-Galice Hwy.

Visit - Historic Haines Apple Tree - Click to the Loop
Oregon's Second Oldest Apple Tree. Visit the site of the Haines Family. One family's fight against a band of angry warriors and the massacre that happened within sight of the apple tree.

Visit - Merlin Community Park - Click to the Loop
The Park is located on the Merlin Road at the junction of Acorn Dr. and is noticeable by its Veterans Park and flag which flys 24 hours a day. Also located in the park is a Community Center which can be rented for events.
Visit - Wildlife Images - Click to the Loop
Dedicated to the rehabilitation and preservation of North American Wildlife. Each year thousands of visitors tour the center to see animals ranging from Grizzly Bears to Bald Eagles.

Visit - Flery Manor Bed & Breakfast - Click to the Loop
Get away from the hurried world...retreat to the comfort and hospitality of Flery Manor. Peacefully nestled on seven acres of mountainside.
Visit - Orange Torpedo Trips - Click to the Loop
Offering unique guided whitewater trips on the Rogue River. Also renting a variety of boats and equipment. Orange Torpedo Trips has been in business since 1969.

Visit - Rogue Wilderness Trips - Click to the Loop
Whitewater rafting trips daily with inflatable kayaking and paddle rafting options. Affordable and ideal for the entire family.

Visit - Rogue Forest B&B - Click to the Loop
Private lodging within the national "Wild & Scenic" corridor of the Rogue River in Galice.

Visit - Twin Pines R.V. Park - Click to the Loop
We invite you to stay at the Twin Pines R.V. Park on 2630 Merlin Road. Call 541-956-0710
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