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||II-III(IV)||00h31m||4590 cfs (running)|
PERMITS: Applications for the annual permit lottery (for launch dates between May 15th and October 15th) are accepted between December 1st and January 31st. You can also pick up unconfirmed launch dates by phone. Most become available ten days in advance of a launch date. Weekend launches in summer can be tough to get, but if you're flexible you can usually get a permit. Off-season permits are available by request. Additional information on permits can be found on the Rogue National Wild and Scenic (NWS) River web site.
Lottery for permits issued during regulated use season of May 15 through October 15.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.2||Grave Creek Riffle||III|
|0.4||Grave Creek Falls||III|
|2.2||China Gulch Rapids||II|
|6.0||Howard Creek Chute||II|
|6.8||Slim Pickins Rapid||III|
|7.9||Windy Creek Chute||II|
|8.3||Upper Blackbar Falls||III+|
|8.5||Lower Blackbar Falls||III|
|9.3||Little Windy Riffle||II|
|11.4||Telephone Hole Riffle||II|
|16.5||Battle Bar Riffle||II|
|17.4||Winkle Bar - Zane Grey Cabin||N/A|
|19.7||Long Gulch Riffle||II|
|19.9||Big Boulder Rapids||II|
|21.2||China Bar Rapids||II|
|22.9||Mule Creek Canyon - Narrows||III+|
|23.6||Mule Creek Canyon - Coffee Pot||IV|
|30.6||Clay Hill Rapids||III|
|35.5||Foster Bar take out||N/A|
Just downstream of the Grave Creek boat ramp, the main channel flows down the left side of the river. Follow the main current down the tongue.
A vertical drop formed by a ledge. Follow the main tongue left of center to avoid rocks on the right.
A wide bedrock ledge blocks the river creating a 10-12' drop. The main current flows steeply over the left side into powerful reversals (class V). Scattered boulders guard the middle and right side of the river at the top of the rapid, but a route exists through the rocks to a center chute (class IV+). A narrow and shallow fish ladder was blasted into the bedrock on the far river right side which serves as the most common route through the rapid (class III). On busy days, raft traffic can get backed up at the fish ladder. Be sure the route is clear before committing and pay careful attention to oar management to avoid breaking one. At lower flows both the center chute and fish ladder become tight for big rafts.
Named for Chinese miners who worked in the canyon, this rapid is a straightforward read and run.
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. Take care to avoid the ledge holes that form in this rapid.
The river splits around a long island and picks up speed. The preferred line is generally down the right but the left line is possible. 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. It can be scouted from the right bank.
Lower Black Bar Falls, follows the upper drop after a short distance of calm water. The lower drop is more straightforward down the main tongue to the right of center.
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.
The crux move in Mule Creek Canyon is the Coffee Pot where the bedrock walls constrict the flow creating a series of boils and surging eddy lines.
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 boulders and sieves. You can eddy out on river right and scout from a high vantage point above the rapid. The standard move is to enter left and then cut back to the center to avoid the picket fence.
The Devils Stairs comes up quick at the end of the pool below Blossom Bar. Follow the main tongue as the river bends to the right, taking care to avoid the wall on river right.
These are the last rapids on any significant size before Foster Bar. Clay Hill Creek comes in on the right before the rapid. The main line is down the right channel. Stay to the left side of this channel on the main tongue. 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.