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Tou Velle State Park
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This is a beautiful day-use park located on the bank of the Rogue River and at the foot of the geologically prominent Table Rocks. You can fish, swim, hike, watch wildlife and experience nature at its finest. An ideal spot for family gatherings or group picnics, the site has a large picnic shelter with cooking utilities. There?s a smaller picnic kitchen and three sites with water and electricity. Denman Wildlife Refuge is next to this park and teems with local and migratory wildlife -- a bird viewing paradise. Salmon and steelhead pass through seasonally on treks to and from the ocean. Rainbow trout are stocked by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. A boat ramp with toilet facilities provides excellent access to the river.
History of the Area
Located in Jackson County, Oregon along the Rogue River, this recreational area was established as a state park in 1957. The land for the park was acquired between 1948 and 1969 through purchases from private owners.

The name of the site is derived from Frank TouVelle who served as State Game Warden during early years of its establishment. He played an instrumental role in acquiring lands to create wildlife refuges across Oregon including what would later become known as his namesake park.

This riverside location has been historically significant due to its rich Native American heritage with tribes such as Takelma using it extensively before European settlers arrived. It also became important during gold rush era when miners used river's waterways for transportation and hydraulic mining operations.

Over time, efforts were made by local communities and government bodies towards conservation leading up-to creation of present-day recreation spot which offers activities like fishing, swimming & bird watching while preserving natural habitat around it.

1. Tou Velle State Park offers a designated swimming area on the Rogue River.
2. Lifeguards are not provided, so swim at your own risk.
3. The river's current can be strong; caution is advised for swimmers.
4. Swimming areas are clearly marked with buoys during summer months.
5. Water shoes recommended due to rocky bottom and potential debris in waterways.
6. The park provides restrooms and changing facilities near the beach area.
7. Picnic tables nearby allow for breaks between swims or post-swim meals.

The park, located in Oregon, offers a boat ramp for easy access to the Rogue River. Visitors can enjoy boating activities such as rafting and fishing. However, it's important to note that there are no rentals available within the park itself; visitors must bring their own equipment.
Enjoy fishing in a serene environment with options for bank or boat angling. Species include salmon, steelhead and trout.

Tou Velle State Park offers picnic areas with tables and grills, surrounded by nature trails. No reservations are required.
1. Lower Table Rock Trail: This is a 5.4-mile round trip trail that offers panoramic views of the Rogue River Valley, Siskiyou and Cascade mountain ranges.

2. Upper Table Rock Trail: A slightly shorter hike at 4.8 miles round-trip, this path also provides stunning vistas over the surrounding landscape from its plateau top.

3. Denman Wildlife Area Trails: These trails cover around nine miles in total within Tou Velle State Park's boundaries and are perfect for birdwatching or spotting other wildlife species native to Oregon.

4. upper river view loop: It's an easy one mile walk with beautiful scenic overlooks of the rogue river.

5. lower park nature trail: An interpretive half mile long walking route which takes you through diverse habitats including riparian woodland, wetland areas.

6. White City Pond Loop: Located near Central Point, it features a lake and is good for all skill levels.

7. Agate Lake County Park: Situated on Northeast corner of TouVelle state recreation site . The area has several short hiking routes along agate lake.

8. Bybee Ferry Historical Marker: Short quarter mile trek leading up to historical marker providing information about early settlers crossing point across rogue river before construction bridge was built.

9. Fishers ferry road access points: Several small paths lead down towards riverside offering great fishing spots as well as picnic sites under shade trees overlooking water body.
The park offers birdwatching opportunities with over 200 species spotted, including waterfowl and raptors. Bird blinds are available for use.

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1. Start by heading north on I:5 N.
2. Take exit 30 for Crater Lake Highway (OR:62) toward Klamath Falls/Crater Lake.
3. Keep left at the fork and merge onto OR:62 E/Crater Lake Hwy.
4. Continue to follow OR:62 E for about 6 miles until you reach Delta Waters Rd/Agate Rd intersection.
5. Turn right onto Agate Rd and continue straight for approximately 0.7 miles.

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