Camping: The Siskiyou has established campgrounds located throughout the Forest. If you prefer more solitude or want to explore the backcountry, most of the Forest is open for dispersed or backcountry camping. Some regulations apply. Typically, dispersed camping is NOT allowed in the vicinity of developed recreation areas such as campgrounds, picnic areas or trailheads.
Fishing: Some of the largest salmon in the lower 48 states swim up the rivers of the Siskiyou National Forest every year. Winter steelhead runs on the Chetco, spring and fall runs of Chinook salmon on the Rogue and Illinois rivers bring thousands of anglers to the Siskiyou each year to cast their lines in the water.
Rafting/Kayaking: The Wild Section of the Rogue River is one of the most popular whitewater runs in the world. It's popularity is heightened by a steady water level due to dams upstream, hot, sunny summer weather, and exciting whitewater rapids through lush forests and steep canyons. The Wild section of the Illinois River has 150 rapids, 11 of which are Class IV and one of which has the most difficult rating for a rapid, Class V. It is one of the most inaccessible rivers in the lower 48 states and should only be run by highly skilled and experienced boaters! .
Mountain Biking and Off-Highway Vehicles: Mountain biking is a very popular sport for visitors to the Siskiyou National Forest. Hundreds of miles of Forest Service, unimproved roads offer unlimited biking adventures through forests and open landscapes on steep or gentle terrain. The Forest contains over 500 miles of trails. Many of these trails are open to horseback riders, motorcycles and mountain bikes.
Scenic Drives: Road 1205, starting near Brookings and leading to the Bomb Site Trail in the Wheeler Creek Research Natural Area provides a scenic drive through the Forest. Several campgrounds are located along this road or connecting roads.
Winter Sports: Page Mountain, elevation 5,125 feet, provides winter recreation opportunities for both snowmobiling and cross-country skiing on the Siskiyou National Forest. It is a designated Oregon Sno-Park Area and you will need to purchase an Oregon Sno-Park permit to park in the parking area. These permits are available at all Oregon Department of Motor Vehicle offices. Many businesses in Cave Junction also sell Sno-Park Permits.