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Medford Travel Guide

Sports and the Outdoors

Recreational Areas

Rogue River–Siskiyou National Forest, Medford. Covering 2 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. Off Hwy. 140, Medford, OR, 97503. 541/618–2200. www.fs.fed.us/r6/rogue-siskiyou.

Rogue Valley Family Fun Center. You'll find an impressive array of kids' games and recreation at fhis complex just off Exit 33 of Interstate 5 (about 5 miles 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.

Fishing

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 miles north of Medford along Highway 62 (going toward Crater Lake), Carson's provides expert instruction and knowledge of many of the area's rivers, including the Rogue, Umpqua, Coquille, Elk, and Chetco, as well as several lakes. Steelhead, salmon, shad, and smallmouth bass are the most common catches. 595 Ragsdale Rd., Trail, OR, 97541. 541/261–3279. www.fishwithcarson.com.

Golf

Eagle Point Golf Club. One of the most challenging and best-designed in the area, this course is 10 miles northeast of Medford and was designed by legendary architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. High-season weekend greens fees are $50 at this par 72, 6,576-yard course. 100 Eagle Point Dr., off Alta Vista Rd., Central Point, OR, 97524. 541/826–8225. eaglepointgolf.com.

Hiking

Table Rock. One of the best venues for hiking in the Rogue Valley comprises a pair of monolithic rock formations that rise some 700 to 800 feet above the valley floor about 10 miles 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 and surrounding 4,864 acres of wilderness afford panoramic valley views from their summits. You reach Lower Table Rock by way of a moderately challenging 2-mile trail, and Upper Table Rock via a shorter (1-mile) 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.

Rafting

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 fairly gentle but scenic Class II rivers to wild and exciting Class V rapids. 541/779–3708 or 800/231–0769. www.rogueklamath.com.

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