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At the gateway to the Wild and Scenic Rogue River, the Southern Oregon town of Merlin is a watery heaven. Rafters and kayakers delight in the white-water action, and fly-fishermen are hooked on world-class fishing. Hike the 40-mile river trail, and check out Hellgate Canyon, made famous in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and still a Wild West of natural beauty. Study the habits of wild creatures at the local wildlife preserve.

Southern Oregon

Merlin is located in Southern Oregon, home to wild mountains and rivers, beautiful desert, historic gold rush towns and world-class artistic events.

Nearby cities are: Grants Pass, Cave Junction, Canyonville, and Jacksonville.

an Oregon StoryWildlife Images Heals the Animal World

by Eileen Garvin / March 4, 2014

Wildlife Images, a refuge and rehabilitation center in Southern Oregon, sees more than 1,000 injured animals and birds come through its doors every year. Most are kept out of the public eye, rehabilitated and rereleased into the wild. Those that can…

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an Oregon StoryCampers Flock to Indian Mary Park

by Tara Corbin / July 28, 2016

It’s no surprise that Indian Mary Park, a 61-acre park located in Merlin, about 16 miles northwest of Grants Pass, is the most sought after campground in Josephine County. The park borders the Rogue River and is full of green grass, lush trees…

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an ItineraryRafting the Rogue River

by Kimberly Gadette / May 27, 2015

The Rogue River isn’t just your average 215-mile river starting at Crater Lake in Southern Oregon and ending at the Pacific Ocean; it was one of the first eight rivers to receive the Congressional designation of Wild and Scenic when that law…

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an Oregon StoryTop Fall Hikes

by Eileen Garvin / September 11, 2015

We asked some of the state’s best guide companies where to hike for excellent fall fun. Here’s what they had to say about hiking in the Wallowa Mountains, Coast Range, Newberry Crater National Monument and along the Wild and Scenic Rogue River.

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Find things to see and do In Merlin

  1.     Attractions
    1.     Amusement Parks
    2.     Aquariums & Zoos
    3.     Art Galleries & Studios
    4.     Casinos
    5.     Movies and TV filmed in Oregon
    6.     Museums & Interpretive Centers
    7.     Outdoors & Nature
    8.     Performing Arts
    9.     Shopping
    10.     Theater
    11.     Tour Companies & Guides
  2.     Recreation
    1.     Birding
    2.     Camping
    3.     Cycling
    4.     Fishing
    5.     Golf
    6.     Guides & Charters
      1.     Back Country Guides
      2.     Bicycle Guides
      3.     Charter Boats
      4.     Fishing Guides
      5.     Hunting Guides
      6.     Jet Boat Charters
      7.     Outdoor Guides
      8.     Whitewater Guides
    7.     Hiking
    8.     Indoor Sports
    9.     Jet Boating
    10.     Kayaking
    11.     Oregon Winter Trips
    12.     Rafting
    13.     Snow Sports
    14.     Sustainable Travel
  3.     Eat & Drink
    1.     Artisan Producers
    2.     Beer & Breweries
    3.     Cideries
    4.     Coffee & Tea
    5.     Culinary Experiences
    6.     Distilleries
    7.     Farmers' Markets
    8.     Farms & Farm Stays
    9.     Oregon Food Trips
    10.     Picking & Foraging
    11.     Ranches & Ranch Stays
    12.     Restaurants
      1.     American
      2.     Asian Fusion
      3.     Cajun / Creole
      4.     Chinese
      5.     French Bistros
      6.     Greek
      7.     Irish
      8.     Italian
      9.     Japanese
      10.     Latino
      11.     Mediterranean
      12.     Pacific Northwest
      13.     Pizza
      14.     Seafood
      15.     Southern
      16.     Thai
    13.     Seafood
    14.     Wineries & Wine
  4.     Oregon Heritage
    1.     Covered Bridges
    2.     Ghost Towns
    3.     Heritage Areas
    4.     Heritage Museums
    5.     Indian Country
    6.     Lighthouses
    7.     Old West & Oregon Trail
  5.     Natural Wonders
    1.     Bodies of Water
      1.     Lakes & Reservoirs
      2.     Rivers
      3.     Waterfalls
    2.     Forests, Parks & Refuges
      1.     National Forests & Parks
      2.     National Wildlife Refuges and Areas
      3.     State Parks
    3.     Mountains & Hills
  6.     Events
    1.     Animal & Agriculture Events
    2.     Culinary Events
    3.     Cultural Heritage Events
    4.     Exhibit & Lecture Events
    5.     Fairs & Festivals
    6.     Flower & Garden Events
    7.     Oregon Food Trips
    8.     Performing Art Events
    9.     Snow Sports
    10.     Sports Events
    11.     Visual Art Events
    12.     Volunteer Events
  7. All Places to Stay
  8.     Lodging
    1.     Bed and Breakfasts
    2.     Boutique Hotels
    3.     Farm or Ranch Stay
    4.     Glamping or Tree Houses
    5.     Hostels
    6.     Hotel / Motel
    7.     Resorts
    8.     Vacation Rentals
  9.     RV Parks
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