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Crater Lake at Cleetwood Cove Trailhead - map

Nearest town is Crater Lake National Park, OR

Crater Lake has no outlet or headwaters. Rain and snowmelt fill the deepest lake in America, where the water is slowly absorbed into the soil at the base of the lake and becomes ground water. From a spring within the bounds of Crater Lake National Park, this water comes bubbling from the ground to form the headwaters of the Rogue River. From its headwaters at this spring, the Rogue River flows to the Pacific Ocean.

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About this State Scenic Waterway

The Upper Rogue River is a designated State Scenic Waterway between Crater Lake National Park and the Rogue River National Forest boundary (44 miles). 83 miles of the Lower Rogue between its confluence with the Applegate River and with Lobster Creek Bridge is also designated a State Scenic Waterway.

Oregon's diversity of river systems contributes richly to our quality of life. Oregonians decided to protect special waterways in 1970 when they voted two-to-one to establish the Oregon Scenic Waterways Program. The program seeks to balance protection and use through cooperation between federal, state, and local agencies as well as individual property owners and those who recreate along a waterway.  The program goals include:

  • Protect the free-flowing character of designated rivers;
  • Protect and enhance scenic and natural values, recreation, and fish and wildlife
  • Protect private property rights; 
  • Encourage other agencies to act consistently with the goals of scenic waterways


This river stretch was nominated by Monica Kelly, SOLVE Program and Sustainability Manager



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