ALMEDA PARK (Merlin/Galice area)

General Description: Almeda Park provides a quiet river location, 25 "primitive" campsites, 2 group sites and boat ramp in this lower-middle section of the river. There are trailer and tent camping sites and vault toilets. This is a popular park for rafting and fishing with friendly hosts on site (May to Oct.) to answer your questions. Many river floaters use this park to ready themselves on the wild section of the Rogue River. Day use fees apply. Only experienced boaters should drift below Almeda, as there is some rough water. Click here for a map of the Rogue River and guide to area parks, as well as information on kayaking.

Fish: Summer steelhead (July, August, September, October); winter steelhead (December, January, February, March, April); fall chinook (August, September, October, November); spring chinook (April, May, June, July)

How to land'em: This area is productive for both summer and winter steelhead fishing upstream from the boat ramp, where the river comes back together below Mary’s Island. The area is accessible by bank and boat. Good options for summer and winter steelhead include spinners such as Panther Martins, Rooster Tails and Blue Fox Vibrax. Spoons, particularly Little Cleo's can be productive as well as drifting yarn balls. Lil Corkies (with or without yarn and small bits of roe) or nightcrawlers also can be productive. For spring and fall chinook, those fishing from a boat will find success back-drifting large plugs such as K-15 KwikFish, Worden’s Mag Lip and Flat Fish wrapped with a small piece of sardine fillet. Another good bet is back-bouncing fresh cured roe or using large spinners such as #5 or #6 Blue Fox Vibrax, Bear Valley and others.

—Dave Strahan, All Sports Supply/Big Rock Sports, Grants Pass

Directions: From Grants Pass, follow Interstate 5 about three miles north. Take exit 61 for Merlin and continue onto Merlin-Galice Road for 15.7 miles, past Galice, until you reach the park. Click here for a link to a Google map.

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