Morrison's Rogue River Lodge, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

MORRISON'S ROGUE RIVER LODGE 8500 Galice Road Merlin, Oregon 97532 (800) 826-1963 (541) 476-4953 Fax Morrison's Lodge was originally built for fall Steelhead fishing in the mid-1940's. Today, Morrison's provides a great destination for family vacations, that romantic get-away, or a perfect start for any Rogue River rafting or fishing adventure. The lodge is open seasonally from early spring through mid-November. (Reservations required) Lloyd and Ruth Morrison opened the lodge that passed to the Halpens and then to the Hantens in 1964. Daughter Michelle Hanten continues the tradition. Want a recommendation? Ask Jimmy Carter, George Bush, Roy Rogers, Cheryl Ladd, Mac Davis, Andy Williams, James Arness, Alex Haley, Robert Hulghum... SUMMER Summer accommodations are tailored to fit summer activities and include a 4-course gourmet dinner and full country breakfast each day. Dinners in the summer months are served outside on the lodge deck, overlooking a breathtaking view of the Rogue River. All accommodations have private baths, air conditioning, TV and phones. Cottages also have fireplaces for use in the cooler months. FALL Fall accommodations are tailored around fishing. The season starts in mid-September and runs through closing in mid-November. Each day our fall guests enjoy evening hors d'oeuvres followed by a 4-course gourmet dinner in our dining room, a full country breakfast the next morning and a delicious packed lunch to take out on the river. FOOD Morrison's is well known for its blend of country style and gourmet cuisine with traditional family-style service. Fresh local ingredients that are in season and used, and everything is made form scratch in the kitchen. There is a full bar available and a wine list that features many classic California and imported wines as well as a nice selection from the Northwest. (The Columbia Valley is one of the newest favorite finds of world-wide wine buffs.) THE LODGE The lodge facilities include a heated swimming pool, hot tub, 2 tennis courts, volleyball court, basketball hoop, putting green, horseshoes pit and a gift shop. Being right on the river, you may also enjoy gold panning, rock hounding or a swim in the river. Close by are hiking trails, mountain bike trails, jet boat excursions and raft rentals. NEARBY For a day's excursion you can visit: The Oregon Caves National Park Crater Lake National Park Lost Creek Lake Ashland Shakespearean Festival Peter Britt Music Festival in Jacksonville RAFTING Many summer guests raft the Rogue. Morrison's offers a very convenient and delightful way to start your river vacation. They offer raft trips as well as work with many outfitters than run the Rogue. Morrison's can assist with arrangements and transportation for your trip, be it a one-day trip or several days in the "wild section" of the river. Rogue River Raft Trips runs 2-, 3- and 4-day "wild section" trips on the Rogue (see separate articles). FISH Steelhead are a migratory Rainbow trout. These fish run from "half-pounders" (12 to 18 inches), to the 8 and 10 pound class. You can fish for them unguided, or with a guide from a boat. Normally flies and lures are used. A wet fly technique is used for fly fishing on this part of the Rogue. Occasionally, Coho (Silver Salmon) are taken when fishing for Steelhead. Fall Chinook Salmon run in September and early October. Morrison's strongly encourages "catch and release." At this writing, all "wild" Steelhead and Coho must be released. Call the lodge about fishing season, guides, transportation and equipment.

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