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Oregon whitewater, Illinois River

Josephine county, Highway 199 to Miami Bar section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     17 miles
  This stretch of Illinois River is 17 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-III section of whitewater. The put-in location is a short drive from Grants Pass, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Oregon you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that lots of rivers
    here are not for beginners. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The wild scenery
of the Coast Ranges is great. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Highway 199 to Miami Bar section is one of them. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so why not pack your camp stove too. The natural beauty of Oregon and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. You might  
have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of people from Selma here; if you have the time, Oregon Caves National Monument is a national park worth taking a look at. All the outdoors amusing things in the Coast Ranges will keep you coming back repeatedly. Take a hike on the Illinois River Trail; nearby you hit upon splendid spots like Alder Gulch. This is a really good river. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Chetco Divide Trail.

Illinois River, Highway 199 to Miami Bar road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Illinois River.
 Whitewater Near Illinois River:
Illinois River, Josephine County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 17 miles long (Highway 199 to Miami Bar)
Illinois River, Josephine / Curry County, 6 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 31 miles long (Miami Bar to Oak Flat)
Rogue River, Josephine/Curry County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 34 miles long (Grave Creek to Foster Bar)
Whitewater Outfitter - Galice Resort & Raft Trips, Josephine County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Rogue River Raft Trips, Josephine County, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Destination Wilderness, Josephine County, 18 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - O'Brien's Rogue River Rafting, Josephine County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Smith River - Middle Fork, Del Norte County, 21 miles away
      Class II-V - 22 miles long (6 Miles Above Patrick Creek to South Fork Road)
Grave Creek, Josephine County, 22 miles away
      Class III - 6 miles long (Six Miles to confluence With Rogue River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Orange Torpedo Trips, Josephine County, 22 miles away
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 Ski Areas Near Illinois River:
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 70 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
 Hotels Near Illinois River:
Chateau At The Oregon Caves Na, Cave Junction , 14 miles away
Grants Pass Travelodge, Grants Pass , 27 miles away
Shilo Inn Grants Pass, Grants Pass , 27 miles away
Quality Inn Grants Pass, Grants Pass , 27 miles away
Super 8 Grants Pass, Grants Pass , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Illinois River:
Spalding Pond, Selma, 2 miles away
Sixmile Camp, Kerby, 2 miles away
Eight Dollar Bridge, Kerby, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Illinois River:
Chetco Divide Trail, Curry , 13 miles away, 14.5 hiking miles, 2742 feet elevation difference
Illinois River Trail, Josephine , 15 miles away,  33.2 hiking miles, 3879 feet elevation difference
Upper Chetco Trail, Curry , 18 miles away, 16.7 hiking miles, 3391 feet elevation difference
Chetco Peak Trail, Curry , 18 miles away,  18.8 hiking miles, 860 feet elevation difference
Bear Camp Trail, Curry , 19 miles away, 5.7 hiking miles, 1019 feet elevation difference
Kerby Peak Trail, Josephine , 20 miles away, 12 hiking miles, 3668 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Illinois River:
Oregon Caves National Monument, Cave Junction - OR , 11 miles away
Redwood National and State Parks, Crescent City - CA , 42 miles away
Siskiyou National Forest, Oregon , 25 miles away
Six Rivers National Forest, California , 32 miles away
Alfred A. Loeb State Park, Oregon , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Illinois River:
Illinois Valley Golf Course, Cave Junction , 8 miles away
Golf Course, Cave Junction , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Illinois River
Lake Selmac, Josephine , 9 miles away

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