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The Rum Creek Fire damaged phone and internet service at the Smullin Visitor Center in Rand, changing the way permits are issued for boating on the wilderness section of the Rogue River. [BLM photo]

GALICIA – The Rum Creek fire has damaged telephone and internet service at the Smullin Visitor Center in Rand, changing the way permits are issued for boating on the wild section of the Rogue River from Grave Creek to Foster Bar, according to a BLM press advisory.

Permits are required to float the Rogue’s Wild and Scenic section from May 15 through October 15.

Cancellation permit spaces are available only by calling the Bureau of Land Management Grants Pass Office at 541-471-6535. Permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Floating Space openings will be posted on the BLM’s Rogue River website under the Floating Space Opening Schedule: blm.gov/programs/recreation/permits-and-passes/lotteries-and-permit-systems/oregon-washington/rogue-river

Permitted parties must pick up their permit between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Smullin Visitor Center in Rand on their launch day. ‘Day of’ permits using walk-in ‘no show’ tours will not be issued at the Smullin Visitor Center for the remainder of the 2022 permit season.

Next day permits are not available in person but must be obtained by calling 541-471-6535. Currently, there is no water, toilets, telephone or internet services available at the Smullin Visitor Center.

Boaters are encouraged to launch at Ennis Riffle, Indian Mary County Park or Almeda County Park. Almeda has a launch/parking fee of $5 per day. The Grave Creek boat ramp is not accessible from Galice Road. Rand and Argo boat ramps are closed due to fire damage and safety concerns.

On September 17, BLM reduced the size of the public land closure area. This change allowed BLM to reopen the Rogue River National Recreation Trail. However, the Rainie Falls Trail (river on the left) is closed.

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