Rough and Ready Creek - Siskiyou National Forest to Hwy 199

Rough and Ready Creek, Oregon, US


Siskiyou National Forest to Hwy 199

Usual Difficulty III+ (for normal flows)

Rough and Ready whitewater

Rough and Ready whitewater
Photo of Chrissy by Zachary Collier taken 03/16/15

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:


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-03-21 04:39:09


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Seats DamN/AHazard

Rapid Descriptions

Seats Dam (Class N/A)

Lowhead dam presents a hazard.

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