The History of Morrison's Lodge
Morrison's Rogue River Lodge is located sixteen miles downstream from Grants Pass along the banks of the famed Rogue River.
The authentic log lodge and individual cottages, half hidden by groves of evergreen, maple and oak, attract not only fishermen, but also river rafters, gold panners, rock hounds, swimmers, and those who take pleasure in being immersed in the sights and sounds of the wilderness.
Built in 1945
The lodge was built in 1945 by river guide and lumber mill worker Lloyd Morrison. He had several fishing clients that would have to drive out from Grants Pass to this area to fish, and at that time the road to Grants Pass was simply awful. Building supplies such as nails were hard to come by because of World War II.
With the help of a few San Francisco clients he was able to secure the essentials. He handpicked his lumber, and the choice bird's-eye pine he used throughout the lodge has become even more lustrous and beautiful with the patinas of time.
Mr. Morrison then gradually added one cottage and moved two little houses onto the property to accommodate his fisherman clientele. After he sold the lodge the buildings grew somewhat neglected for a time under other ownership.
In June of 1964, B.A. and Elaine Hanten bought the lodge and moved in with their 3 small children; Mike(5), Michelle(4) and Mark(2). Originally from South Dakota, B.A. & Elaine had happy memories of working at Yellowstone Park and were looking for a similar resort type atmosphere. Elaine was a home economics major in college and had always loved to cook and B.A. took to guiding. The first season in a new life-style proved hard work but well worth it.
The Flood of '64
In December of 1964, the rampaging Rogue flooded and wiped out all the cottages, which the Hantens had just begun to renovate. The water rose in the main lodge to above the mantel on the fireplace. The main building survived, but the cottages were nothing but a pile of bricks.
With the help of a disaster loan, they cleaned up and repaired the main lodge with a few little additions and built 3 new cottages, up on stilts this time. Over the years the business grew and with it's growth came more cabins and of course more planted lawn.
Rafting & Fishing
The raft trips started in the early '70's, before it was fashionable in the rest of the country, and grew in popularity. By the mid 70's the Rogue was designated a "Wild and Scenic" river by the Federal Government, and the raft trip business was in full swing.
Steelhead fishing has been the main attraction on the Rogue for many decades. In the mid 1920's Zane Grey was enamored with the "half-pounders" that are unique to this part of the world. "Half-pounders" are immature Steelhead that have gone to the ocean and return to the river before reaching adult size. They are tenacious fish that fight hard when caught. "Half-pounders" are only found on 3 rivers in the U.S.; the Rogue, Klamath, and Eel.
Over 40 Seasons Strong
For over 45 seasons the Hantens have owned and operated Morrison's Lodge.
Regretfully B.A, Elaine and Michelle are no longer with us. Churchill, Michelle's son, will continue to pass on their legacy of wonderful hospitality and fabulous meals.
The lodge has grown from the old days and it now requires a full staff to operate. We are very lucky to have a wonderful group of people who work hard together to make the place run.
We hope that you will enjoy your stay in this very magical place, and we sincerely hope that you will join us again before too long.