Native Americans en route to Klamath Lake from the north followed a trail over the Umpqua Divide, stopping at the site of the present day Trail and giving the town its name.
Trail’s population is now between 1,500 and 1,800. This is seemingly misleading due to the vast area it encompasses from Crowfoot Road to the Douglas County Line on Highway 227, and all of the Lost Creek Lake area. The region, located 10 miles north of Shady Cove is becoming increasingly well known for its history, and as a recreational destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
The Cole M. Rivers Fish Hatchery, the largest hatchery in Oregon, annually rears 3.7 million spring Chinook, Coho, Steelhead and Rainbow Trout.
McGregor Park, on the way to the hatchery, features a Welcome Center and is a good place to learn about Lost Creek Lake. A beautiful park setting with playground and picnic and barbecue areas, McGregor Park is conveniently located adjacent to the Rogue River with wheelchair access for fishing. Walking paths follow along a flowing creek.
Trail is home to the Upper Rogue Historical Society’s Trail Creek Museum, devoted to the pioneer history of the region. The former tavern features artifacts, pictures, and stories depicting life as it was on the Upper Rogue in the beginning and very early years of settlement.
The Rogue River Lodge – the earliest known lodge built on the banks of the Rogue River in the Upper Rogue Valley still in existence today, constructed in 1937 and operated continuously under that name for 73 years. The lodge has undergone an extensive renovation, with new exteriors, interiors, electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, all while ensuring that the historical elements of the building have been maintained. As part of the remodel, we are pleased to announce that the lodge is now ADA accessible on both levels.
The lodge reopened on August 18, with new management and an eager and service oriented staff, prepared to offer a new level of hospitality in our two lounges, as well as providing our patrons with both upscale and casual dining options.
The lodge is located on scenic Highway 62 in Trail, just a short drive from the cities of Ashland, Medford and Grants Pass. Situated on two acres overlooking the Rogue River and only 62 miles from the entrance to Crater Lake State Park.