PO Box 520
Medford, OR 97501
- Year round
The Scenic Illinois River was accepted into the Oregon State Scenic Waterways System in 1970 and the Federal Wild and Scenic River system in 1977. It provides opportunities for dayuse as well as overnight float trips, including trips through the Kalmiopsis Wilderness during higher flows. Expert boating skills and rubber water craft are needed. The river flows through a diverse environment composed of unique serpentine geology and old-growth conifer forest. The emerald green water of the Illinois provides a cool break from the hot summer temperatures. Primitive camping and numerous hiking trails are available along the river corridor.
A valid Oregon state fishing license is needed to fish within the National Forest. Licenses are sold at sporting good and other retail stores. For information on fishing times & limits a current state fishing regulation guide is generally available free at these same locations. For more information contact the Oregon Department of Fish & Game.
Many of the lakes have maintained hiking trails; some require cross-country travel.
Map + Directions
From Grants Pass, travel south on Highway 199 22 miles to the town of Selma, OR. Turn right on the 5070 Road. Proceed 7.5 miles to the first river access point. There are numerous locations along the river to fish.