Rogue River. Photo by Aaron Schmidt

Rogue River. Photo by Aaron Schmidt

Ashland (pop. 20,713) offers easy day-access to ample Class IV whitewater, myriad alpine lakes, and epic steelhead fishing—all of them just short of world-class. Local boaters prefer it that way. It keeps the Rogue River Valley from becoming a scene, but will keep a paddler happy for a lifetime. — Joe Jackson

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This story will appear in the June 2015 issue of Canoe & Kayak.