The Illinois River

The Illinois offers a far more challenging adventure than its sister river, the Rogue. While the Rogue is dam-controlled, the Illinois flows free and water levels can fluctuate greatly and rapidly, depending on upstream weather and runoff. Dozens of creeks join the river and provide waterfalls on either side as the Illinois snakes through the Coast Range of southwestern Oregon. Boaters must be skilled to handle the famous Green Wall, scene of more than a few calamities and emergency rescues.

Put-In: Miami Bar River Access

Take-Out: Oak Flat

Miles: 32

Managing Agency: USFS Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest

Campsites: Illinois River Campsites