About Us

The Rogue River Watershed Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to restore instream and streamside habitat, improve water quality and encourage community members to become stewards of the Rogue River and its tributaries. The council covers approximately 1,641,000 acres from the headwaters near Crater Lake to the mouth of Kelsey Creek and encompasses the towns of Grants Pass, Merlin, Shady Cove, Eagle Point, Butte Falls, Central Point, Jacksonville, Phoenix, Talent, Medford, and Ashland. The Council communicates with and engages community members about what our streams need in order to remain healthy. Monitoring and science-based decision making is critical to the council’s restoration planning and action.

Our mission is stewardship of the Rogue River watershed through restoration, education and community involvement.

Our vision is to see a healthy, productive and beautiful Rogue River watershed.


On January 1, 2015, four independent watershed councils: Bear Creek Watershed Council, Little Butte Creek Watershed Council, Upper Rogue Watershed Association and the Stream Restoration Alliance of the Middle Rogue merged to become the Rogue River Watershed Council. Due to changes in funding and an interest in improving efficiency and capacity of the organizations to do meaningful work, the four individual watershed councils felt that their goals could best be met by merging the four separate entities.


Map of the Rogue River watershed and surrounding watershed councils.