Rogue - 2. Gold Ray Dam to Gold Hill Boat Ramp (up to 5.5 miles)


Rogue, Oregon, US

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2. Gold Ray Dam to Gold Hill Boat Ramp (up to 5.5 miles) (Nugget Falls Run)

Usual Difficulty II-IV (for normal flows)
Length 5.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 11 fpm

Ti’lomikh Falls, Boof Line


Ti’lomikh Falls, Boof Line
Photo of Amy Brown by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 08/31/07 @ 1980 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
ROGUE RIVER AT RAYGOLD NEAR CENTRAL POINT, OR
usgs-14359000 800 - 3000 cfs II-IV 01h06m 2880 cfs (running)


River Description

This is a popular local run for paddlers in the communities of Ashland, Medford, and Grants Pass that is accessible through the summer.

Starting from the former Gold Ray Dam site, a dam that wave removed in 2010, the run is fairly mellow with a good bit of flatwater for the first couple miles. You can expect to see a diversity of bird life along this section.

Within a couple miles the action begins to pick up with some fun class II rapids that offer good surfing. You will then pass an alternate access point on river right. For a quick run that takes in the best whitewater, paddlers often run the last two miles that start here.

The action begins to pick up as your run the Broken Weir. An old concrete weir is still intact on river left and concentrates the flow into a gap on river right that forms a great little play feature. Nugget Falls is just downstream. The channel down the left is a fun ride. At the base of this rapid you will pass another access site on river right.

The run continues with a float down to the former site of the City of Gold Hill's diversion weir. This dam was removed in summer 2008 and a new water intake has been constructed on river right.

Immediately downstream the river takes the plunge over Ti’lomikh Falls (aka Powerhouse Rapid). There are several options here including an easier route down the right, a center line through the big hole, or a great boof move down the river left channel.

Within a few more paddlestrokes you will come to the take-out and boat ramp at Gold Rogue Sports Park on river right. For a longer trip, you can continue downstream to the next run.

Logistics: The put-in at the former Gold Ray Dam site is located at river mile 125.9, elevation 1122' (at the base). From I-5 exit 35 take Blackwell Road 1.5 miles northwest to Gold Ray Road (just after you cross the railroad tracks). Take Gold Ray road 1.4 miles to the former Gold Ray Dam site. Access is available at a number of sites along river.

The take-out at Gold Hill Boat Ramp is located at river mile 120.2, elevation 1056' 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 half a mile out of town on river right at Gold Rogue Sports Park at Highway 234 mile 3.0.

Alternate intermediate access for the last part of the run is available by continuing upstream on river right on Highway 234.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2013-01-24 18:45:23

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
-125.8Gold Ray Dam RapidII+Putin Photo
-123.7Hardy RiffleN/A
-123.5Bitterman FallsII+Photo
-122.8Lyman Falls (aka Dowden Falls)II+Playspot Photo
-122.7Alternate AccessN/ATakeout Access Photo
-122.3Broken WeirIIPlayspot Photo
-122.2Nugget (or Dillon) FallsIII+Photo
-120.9Gold Hill Dam SiteN/APhoto
-120.8Ti’lomikh FallsIVPhoto

Rapid Descriptions

Gold Ray Dam Rapid (Class II+, Mile -125.8)

Put-in Below Gold Ray Dam

Put-in Below Gold Ray Dam
Photo of Amy Brown by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 08/31/07 @ 1980 cfs

No more dam but there is a rapid at the site.



Bitterman Falls (Class II+, Mile -123.5)

Bitterman Falls

Bitterman Falls
Photo of Amy Brown by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 08/31/07 @ 1980 cfs

A fun rapid with a couple of playspots.



Lyman Falls (aka Dowden Falls) (Class II+, Mile -122.8)

Lyman Falls

Lyman Falls
Photo of Eric Mickelson by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 08/31/07 @ 1980 cfs

You will find a fun surf wave or two in this rapid.



Alternate Access (Class N/A, Mile -122.7)

Alternate Access

Alternate Access
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 08/31/07 @ 1980 cfs

This access provides a put-in for the biggest drops on the run with a short shuttle on river right.        



Broken Weir (Class II, Mile -122.3)

Broken Weir

Broken Weir
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 08/31/07 @ 1980 cfs

An old weir diverts flow to river right where a fun play spot forms.



Nugget (or Dillon) Falls (Class III+, Mile -122.2)

Nugget Falls

Nugget Falls
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 08/31/07 @ 1980 cfs

A great drop. Follow the tongue down the left side, skirt the holes or punch them for a fun ride.



Gold Hill Dam Site (Class N/A, Mile -120.9)

Gold Hill Dam

Gold Hill Dam
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 09/11/08

The diversion weir is now gone and there are a few riffles where it was.



Ti’lomikh Falls (Class IV, Mile -120.8)

Ti’lomikh Falls, Boof Line

Ti’lomikh Falls, Boof Line
Photo of Amy Brown by Thomas O'Keefe © taken 08/31/07 @ 1980 cfs

The biggest drop on the run, also known as Powerhouse Falls. A popular line is down the center through the hole. You can also do the boof line to the left. Alternatively there is a bit of a sneak down the right. This rapid is hard to scout as the channel divides giving you a few different options and vegetation obscures the view.




User Comments

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January 1 2010 (2394 days ago)
Nick SindersonDetails
both Gold Ray dam and Gold Hill dam have been removed. There is a lot of wood (large trees) above
the old Gold Ray dam site that over the next year or two will no doubt find it's way downriver so
keep a watchful eye out especially in Muggers Alley (the right side sneak) and the left side boof
at Powerhouse


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Documents

  • Comments of American Whitewater on the Department of State Lands Navigability Study.

  • Support letter for removal of Gold Ray Dam.

Associated Projects

  • Restoring the Rogue (OR)
    One of the great Rivers of the West, preserving the the Wild Rogue and restoring upstream reaches impacted by dams are priorities for American Whitewater.