Difficulty III+
Length 0 Miles
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Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 01/29/2020 10:24 pm

River Description

Tributary of the Illinois that flows thru the same geologic feature of the North Fork Smith (Josephine Ophiolite) with a lot of the same features--long shallow boulder gardens and bedrock ledge drops with amazingly clear water and some good surf waves at higher flows.

Hazards: Be aware of the low head dam towards the end of the run which has been the site of a boating fatality. The dam's location is easy to spot by the pool backed up behind it. Eddy out and portage/scout left. A far left or right line is possible but stay out of the center.

Video of whitewater on Rough and Ready Creek: http://vimeo.com/18314475


Rapid Descriptions

Seats Dam

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Lowhead dam presents a hazard.


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Gage Descriptions

Visual inspection from the 199 bridge is the only sure way but if the Illinois gauge at Kirby is 4K and going up it's a safe bet that R&R will be runnable. It's been run as high as 7K @ Kirby and it's big and in the trees at that flow but still very doable. Flows go up and down in a hurry as it's a small watershed

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

Date Flow Result Factor  
2006-02-05 Medium Fatality Cold Water Read More



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Effort to Protect the Rogue Continues (OR)

Thomas O'Keefe

At the end of last Congress, the House and Senate negotiated a public lands package that ultimately resulted in 256 new miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers for Oregon when the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act was signed into law on March 12th, 2019. While rivers like the Molalla and several tributaries of the Rogue were designated Wild and Scenic, the lands surrounding the immediate river corridor were left unprotected. With a commitment to finish the job, and building on the successful effort to move these initiatives out of committee with bipartisan support last Congress, Senator Wyden was joined by Senator Merkley in introducing the Oregon Recreation Enhancement Act (S. 1262) on May 1st, 2019. The bill is scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on May 14th, 2019.

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BLM and USFS Issue 20 Year Protection for Kalmiopsis Rivers! (CA/OR)

Megan Hooker

On January 12, 2017, the BLM and Forest Service announced a 20-year halt to new mining activities in the watersheds of the North Fork Smith, Illinois, Pistol River and Hunter Creek in Oregon. American Whitewater celebrates this important milestone with the conservation and recreation partners that we've worked with, and thanks Representatives DeFazio and Huffman and Senators Wyden and Merkley for their dedication to protecting this place. And we thank YOU too for standing up for these wild rivers!

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Take Action: Protect Kalmiopsis Rivers from Mining Pollution

Megan Hooker

International mining companies have sought to develop nickel strip mines within the Kalmiopsis region of SW Oregon and NW California for years, threatening the stunningly pure waters of cherished whitewater rivers, including the Wild and Scenic North Fork Smith and Illinois. This month, we have an unique opportunity to protect these and other rivers in the region, and paddler's voices from across the country are important to making this happen. Submit your comments by September 28th!

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Take Action! Protect Kalmiopsis Rivers (OR/CA)

Megan Hooker

The BLM is considering whether to halt new mining activities for 5 years on roughly 100,000 acres in the Kalmiopsis region of Southwestern Oregon. This action, known as a "mineral withdrawal," would protect wild rivers like Baldface Creek, the Wild and Scenic North Fork Smith, Rough and Creek and the Wild and Scenic Illinois from the threats of nickel strip mines. These rivers are not only whitewater gems, but also provide clean drinking water to downstream communities, are strongholds for salmon, and support the local economy. Paddler's voices from across the country are needed to support this effort.
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Take Action: Protect Wild and Scenic Illinois and NF Smith Headwaters (CA/OR)

Megan Hooker

Mining companies are actively pursuing proposals to strip-mine in Southwest Oregon watersheds, threatening Rough & Ready, Baldface and Hunter Creeks and the Wild and Scenic Illinois and North Fork Smith Rivers. One of the surest ways to protect the wild rivers of Southwest Oregon is through a mineral withdrawal, which would prevent future mining activities on these public lands. You can help protect these whitewater gems by contacting your Congressional Representatives today!  

Thomas O'Keefe


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1214264 01/29/20 Thomas O'Keefe updated image position
1204361 03/21/15 Thomas O'Keefe photo added
1199240 02/25/11 Thomas O'Keefe reach added
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1199301 02/26/11 Thomas O'Keefe dam location added