Rogue, Oregon, US
|Usual Difficulty||II (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||8 fpm|
|ROGUE RIVER AT GRANTS PASS, OR|
|usgs-14361500||1000 - 3000 cfs||II||01h01m||12000 cfs (too high)|
This reach runs from the town of Gold Hill to Grants Pass with I-5 paralleling the river on the north side and Hwy. 99 paralleling the river on the south side. One barrier to navigation is Savage Rapids dam set to be removed to improve fish passage (this dam is visible from river left at Hwy. 99 mile 5.5 east of Grants Pass).
Put-in at Gold Hill Boat Ramp is accessible from I-5 exit 40. Cross the Rogue River and enter the town of Gold Hill. Take Highway 234 north out of town. The boat ramp is located less than a mile out of town on river right at Gold Rogue Sports Park at Highway 234 mile 3.0.
River mile 120.2, elevation 1056'.
Take-out at Baker Park Boat Ramp in Grants Pass on river left downstream of the Highway 199 Bridge is accessible from I-5 exit 55. Follow Highway 199 from I-5 down to the river.
River mile 101.9, elevation 896'.
Alternate access points are available to make runs of various shorter length (or combine with upstream runs for greater length).
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|-120.0||apparent rapids #1||N/A|
|-119.7||apparent rapids #2||N/A|
|-118.6||apparent rapids #3||N/A|
|-115.7||possible minor rapids #1||N/A|
|-114.1||apparent rapids #4||N/A|
|-113.2||possible minor rapids #2||N/A|
|-107.3||Savage Rapids Dam||N/A|
|-105.6||apparent rapids #5||N/A|
|-105.2||apparent rapids #6||N/A|
|-105.0||possible minor rapids #4||N/A|
|-104.2||apparent rapids #7||N/A|
|-103.5||possible minor rapids #5||N/A|
Removal of this dam (in progress) will no doubt reveal some additional riffles, rips, and rapids in the (nearly six mile) stretch of no 'marked' rapids on the topo maps.
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Fact sheet on dam removals scheduled for the Pacific Northwest.
Comments of American Whitewater on the Department of State Lands Navigability Study.