Rafting Permit

The information provided below is provided by Grants Pass Tourism. We are in no way affiliated with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which is the governing agency over permits on the "Wild and Scenic" portion of the Rogue River. The opinions below are our interpretation of the BLM’s permit system, which it may update at any time without our updating information here. We therefore do not guarantee the accuracy of the information below, nor does it in any way represent either federal agency overseeing sections of the Rogue River. 
The Lottery 
The initial way to get a permit is to apply to the BLM lottery held in the early months of every year. Go to the BLM information page to apply and receive step-by-step instructions. Lottery applications are accepted from December 1 to January 31. If you receive a permit through the lottery, you will be notified sometime around the first of March.

Open Spaces
When the lottery is concluded, spaces that were not filled during the lottery are often available. These leftover spaces become available on the first business day in April and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis over the phone only at 541.479.3735. 

Non-Confirmation Openings
When a permit is allocated during the lottery, the permit recipients are required to call at least 10 days prior to their launch date and confirm their intention to launch with the permitted number of people. Failure to confirm means the permit holders forfeit their permit and it becomes open to the public. Non-confirmation permits become available starting the morning after they are forfeited and can be obtained only over the phone at 541.479.3735. If you are trying to get a permit for a certain date, determine what day to call by counting back 9 days from your preferred launch date, starting with the day before your launch date as day #1. Although openings can occur at any time, this is the most likely way to obtain a permit.

No-Show Openings
No-show permits happen when a party fails to pick up their permit on their assigned day or they show up with fewer people than they confirmed. These permits are available only on the day of the permit launch and are given away starting at 7:00 a.m. to those on the wait list and physically at the Smullin Visitor Center at Rand and then starting at 8:00 a.m. over the phone at 541.479.3735. Permits received must launch the same day. If you have any permit questions, you can always call the Smullin Visitor Center at Rand.



Smullin Visitor Center at Rand
14335 Galice Road  
Merlin, OR 97532
541.479.3735
BLM_OR_MD_Rogue_River_Mail@blm.gov
Hours of Operation: May 5th - October 15th, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every day
Phone Access Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
The initial way to get a permit is to apply to the BLM lottery held in the early months of every year.  Go to the BLM information page . Lottery applications are accepted from December 1 to January 31. If you receive a permit through the lottery, you will be notified sometime around the first of March.