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Merlin is located in Josephine County, west of Grants Pass along Interstate 5 and the banks of the Rogue River. Merlin is the point from which many rafting trips down the Rogue River begin.

Merlin is the home base for many Guides and Outfitters. Knowing this, and the fact that Merlin is close to the 84-mile segment of the Rogue River set aside by Congress under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968, is why Merlin is known as the "Gateway to the Wild & Scenic Rogue River."

A permit, available by lottery, is required in the summer for floating some sections of the river - US Forest Service, River Permits, 14335 Galice Rd., Merlin, OR 97532.

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07/10 Coming to The area
Spring Thaw Mountain Bike Festival Ashland OR May18-19 The Spring Thaw is Oregon's largest mountain bike event.
Mt. Pisgah Arboretum Wildflower and Music Festival Eugene OR May19 A day of wildflowers, music, food, crafts, and microscopes!
Rhododendron Days Florence OR May17-19 The annual celebration of the blooming of rhododendrons along the central Oregon Coast.
Azalea Festival Brookings OR May24-26 The community-wide festival includes a parade, street fair, art show, car show, flower & quilt shows, breakfasts and BBQ's
Bohemia Mining Days Cottage Grove OR July18-21 Prospectors' breakfast, miners' parade, food booths, gold panning, a pow wow, carnival, kiddie parade, street dance, and more.