Sports and the Outdoors in Medford
Sports and the Outdoors
Rogue River–Siskiyou National Forest, Medford. Covering 1.8 million acres, this immense tract of wilderness woodland has fishing, swimming, hiking, and skiing. Motorized vehicles and equipment—even bicycles—are prohibited in the 113,000-acre Sky Lakes Wilderness, south of Crater Lake National Park. Its highest point is the 9,495-foot Mt. McLoughlin. Access to most of the forest is free, but there are fees at some trailheads—check the Web site for details. I–5 to Exit 39, Hwy. 62 to Hwy. 140, Medford, OR, 97503. 541/618–2200. www.fs.fed.us/r6/rogue-siskiyou.
Rogue Valley Fun Center. You'll find an impressive array of kids' games and recreation at Rogue Valley Fun Center, just off Exit 33 of Interstate 5 (about 5 mi north of Medford). Miniature golf, batting cages, a golf driving range, bumper boats, and go-karts are among the offerings, and there's also a video arcade and game room. 1A Peninger Rd., Central Point, OR, 97502. 541/664–4263. www.rvfamilyfuncenter.com.
With close access to some of the best freshwater fishing venues in the Northwest, Medford has several companies that lead tours and provide gear.
Carson's Guide Service. Based 22 mi north of Medford along Hwy. 62 (going toward Crater Lake), Carson's provides expert instruction and knowledge of many of the area's rivers, including the Rogue, Umpqua, Coquille, and Chetco, as well as several lakes. Steelhead, salmon, shad, and smallmouth bass are the most common catches. Trail, OR. 541/261–3279. www.fishwithcarson.com.
Eagle Point Golf Club. By far the most challenging and best-designed in the area, this course is 10 mi northeast of Medford and was designed by legendary architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. Greens fees are $30 at this par 72, 6,576-yard course. 100 Eagle Point Dr., Central Point, OR, 97524. 541/826–8225. eaglepointgolf.com.
Table Rock. One of the best venues for hiking in the Rogue Valley, Table Rockcomprises a pair of monolithic rock formations that rise some 700 to 800 feet above the valley floor about 10 mi north of Medford and just a couple of miles north of TouVelle State Park. Operated by a partnership between the Bureau of Land Management and the Nature Conservancy, the Table Rock formations afford panoramic valley views from their summits. You reach Lower Table Rock by way of a moderately challenging 1.75-mi trail, and Upper Table Rock via a shorter (1.25-mi) and less steep route. The trailheads to these formations are a couple of miles apart—just follow the road signs from Table Rock Road, north of TouVelle State Park (reached from Exit 33 of Interstate 5). Off Table Rock Rd., Central Point, OR, 97502. 541/618–2200. www.blm.gov.
Medford is close to a number of the region's great white-water rafting rivers, including the famed Rogue River. Both overnight and day trips are offered by several outfitters.
Rogue Klamath River Adventures. This popular outfitter for guided white-water rafting trips as well as fishing adventures (for salmon and steelhead) throughout the area also offers boating excursions on inflatable kayaks. The company visits a great variety of waterways, from gentle but scenic Class I rivers to wild and exciting Class V rapids. Medford, OR. 541/779–3708 or 800/231–0769. www.rogueklamath.com.
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