How to Apply for a Rogue River Permit

In my previous post I mentioned that from December 1st through January 31st the great rivers of the northwest are open for applying for river permits. This means that if you want to take a private trip down the wild and scenic rogue river between May 15th and October 15th, you need to apply for a river permit.

Here’s the process for applying for a Rogue River permit:

1. Get your friends and family involved. Call up your river running buddies and remind them that it’s river permit application time. Talk about possible dates that might work, then let them know that if you get a permit you’ll invite them along  as long as they reciprocate the favor. This will greatly increase your chances of actually getting on the river.

2. Deciding on Dates. Obviously you need to decide on dates that would work for your family to be on the river. That’s not an easy task considering you’re deciding on dates still many months away. The BLM has created this document to help you figure out which dates have the best chance of your application being picked in the lottery.

3. Go to this site and print an Application Fill out the application and fax it back to their office. You’ll need to send 6 dollars for each application or they won’t process it. If you don’t get a permit you’re out 6 bucks but it’s a small price to pay for getting a spot on the river.

4. Sit tight and wait for March. The lottery winners are announced in early March. There are two ways to find out whether you’re on the list. If you haven’t gotten a letter by March 12th…you didn’t get a permit. If you’re inpatient and can’t wait until March 12th or just need some closure, they list the successful applicants online at the BLM site.

If you don’t get a permit don’t be discouraged, I’ve applied every year since I was 18 and I’ve never been succesful. In spite of that I have never gone a season without floating the wild and scenic section of the Rogue river. In an upcoming post I’ll fill you in on the secret to getting on the river without being a lottery winner.

2 thoughts on “How to Apply for a Rogue River Permit

  1. Permits are way more popular while schools are on summer vacation (June 15 to August 20). If you can go outside that timeframe, you’re much more likely to get a permit and the river will be less crowded!

    My favorite time to go is in March when the river is empty, waterfalls are huge, and the river is high. You just have to be lucky and catch some great weather.

  2. Totally agree, however taking young kids you hope for warm weather and water. Really the best of both worlds is to do a trip in September…you get warm weather, decent water, AND steelhead.

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