The little hamlet of Merlin is located northeast 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."
Also located nearby is the famous Hellgate Canyon (on Galice Hwy.) where the famous "Jump" segment of the movie "Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid" (starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford) 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 white water rafting, fishing and guided tours on the Rogue River 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. More info on river history below.
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