Rogue, Oregon, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III(IV) (varies with level)|
|Avg. Gradient||14 fpm|
|ROGUE RIVER NEAR AGNESS, OR|
|usgs-14372300||1200 - 30000 cfs||IV+||00h50m||10500 cfs (running)|
Lottery for permits issued during regulated use season of May 15 through October 15.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|8.2||Blackbar Falls: Upper and Lower||III|
|15.2||Winkle Bar - Zane Grey Cabin||N/A|
|20.8||Mule Creek Canyon||III|
|29.2||Clay Hill Rapids||III|
|34.3||Foster Bar take out||N/A|
A wide bedrock ledge blocks the river. The main current flows steeply over the left side into powerful reversals. Scattered boulders gaurd the middle and right top, but a route exist through the rocks to a center chute. A narrow and shallow "fish Ladder" was blasted into the bedrock on the far river right side.
A long and wide gravel bar on the left pushes the river against the right side. The channel curves back to the left, then splits around a large midstream boulder.
The river splits around a long island and picks up speed. When the channels converge the river bends to the right through the main part of the rapid.
Upper Black Bar Falls is a steep drop into a big curling wave. Lower Black Bar Falls, follows the upper drop after a short distance of calm water. Each drop is pretty steep, dropping into big waves. The lower is considered a bit easier.
The river curves to the right around a large gravel bar, then curves back to the left around a narrow gooseneck of hillside. The current pushes against the cliffs and boulders on the outside of each curve, creating waves and turbulence. Two constrictions create bigger drops.
This area is private property, but river runners are allowed to land and walk up to look at the log cabin. The property was owned in the 1920's by famous western novelist, Zane Grey.
The river enters a very narrow and scenic inner canyon. Interesting and challenging hydraulics are created by the current bouncing off the walls in the narrow confines.
Huge boulders block the center and right side at the top of this rapid. The main current flows down the left side, straight into a "picket fence" of wrap boulders and potential sieves.
Boaters must enter on the left, but move quickly right behind the large boulders. From there they must maneuver past and around a series of boulders.
These are the last rapids on any significant size before Foster Bar. Clay Hill Creek comes in on the right before the rapid. Below this rapid the geology changes from volcanic to sedimentary.
The take out is on river right just past the mouth of Foster Creek. Derig on a big, wide and treeless gravel bar.
Plan for the development, operation and management of the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River.
This report summarizes the results of an economic analysis of recreation-related spending on the Wild & Scenic Rogue River.
Conservation Vision for Wild Rogue Introduced (OR)
January 12, 2012
Oregon Wilderness and Wild Scenic Bills Re-Introduced
February 14, 2013