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Rafting and fishing on the numerous fast-flowing, clear-water rivers of southern Oregon are two of the most popular sports in this region, and Medford makes a good base for doing a bit of either, or both. Arrowhead River Adventures (tel. 877/217-4837 or 541/830-3388; www.arrowheadadventures.com), River Trips Unlimited (tel. 800/460-3865 or 541/779-3798; www.roguefishing.com), and Rogue Excursions (tel. 800/797-4293 or 541/923-3836; www.fishandraft.com) all offer both rafting and fishing trips. A day of rafting will cost $125 to $150, and fishing trips cost about $175 to $250 per person per day (with a minimum of two people).

If you're here in the spring, you can catch the colorful wildflower displays at Table Rocks. These mesas are just a few miles northeast of Medford, and because of their great age and unique structure, they create a variety of habitats that allow the area to support an unusual diversity of plants. For more information, contact the Bureau of Land Management, Medford Office, 3040 Biddle Rd., Medford, OR 97504 (tel. 541/618-2200; www.blm.gov/or/districts/medford/index.php).

Information on hiking and backpacking is available from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest's Siskiyou Mountains Ranger Station, 6941 Upper Applegate Rd., Jacksonville, OR 97530 (tel. 541/899-3800; www.fs.fed.us/r6/rogue).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.