Rogue, North Fork - 4. Mill Creek Falls to Lost Creek Reservoir


Rogue, North Fork, Oregon, US

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4. Mill Creek Falls to Lost Creek Reservoir (Avenue of the Giant Boulders)

Usual Difficulty IV(V+) (for normal flows)
Avg. Gradient 109 fpm
Max Gradient 164 fpm

Paddling the North Fork Rogue


Paddling the North Fork Rogue
Photo of Chris Johnson by Jon "Shaggy" McLaughlin taken 07/19/09

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
ROGUE RIVER BELOW PROSPECT, OR
usgs-14330000 85 - 10000 cfs IV(V+) 01h13m 1250 cfs (running)
See flow page for details. See flow page for release details.


River Description

The heart of this reach was dewatered by PacifiCorp's Prospect Hydropower Project. American Whitewater worked to restore whitewater opportunities and real-time flow information when the project was relicensed in 2008. Please check the PacifiCorp Prospect Whitewater page for current information for scheduled whitewater opportunities.

This is a great Class IV creek type run. The first 1.3 miles from Mill Creek Falls to North Fork/Prospect powerhouse contains 10 to 15 Class IV drops. Below the powerhouse the Rogue eases off to Class III but the powerhouse adds an additional 1000 cfs. This Class III section is approximately 2 miles in length. For the more adventurous, you can tackle the Avenue of the Giant Boulders above the confluence of Mill Creek Falls. This Class V is sure to keep you busy. Above that is the Class V+ Prospect Falls viewable from the Mill Creek drive bridge (this reach was featured in an Ashland Mine Productions film).

Logistics:

PacifiCorp has provided shuttles between the put-in at Mill Creek Falls and their powerhouse on scheduled release weekends during the summer.

To get to the take-out: Go north on Oregon State Highway 62 East [sic] past Lost Creek Lake. At 'The Gorge' store and gas pumps turn right onto Mill Creek Drive. Go up Mill Creek Drive 1.7 miles to an old road turned trail on the right. The trail leads to the river/lake. There is a small wooden pedestrian bridge over Shookcum Creek for recognition at the take-out. Note however that this take-out crosses private property and permission of the landowner is required. American Whitewater is exploring solutions to bring this trail into public ownership. Another option is to arrange for a pickup or paddle out on the reservoir. During release weekends PacifiCorp operates a shuttle allowing paddlers to take-out at their powerhouse.

To get to the put-in: Continue up Mill Creek Drive 3.5 miles. Park at the trailhead for Mill Creek Falls viewpoint. Follow the trail to Mill Creek Falls and hunt for a trail to the river. For the adventurous, go left from the trailhead to "Avenue of the Giant Boulders".


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Last Updated: 2015-12-30 16:39:53

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Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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March 30 2011 (2304 days ago)
Nick SindersonDetails
I managed to get on this run a no. of times last summer during the schedule release. The three
times I did, the stick gauge at the put in read between 2.1 and 2.8 a low to medium flow. Perfect
for the class 4 boater such as my self. With-in these flow parameters there were lots of eddys and
the water did not have much push giving you plenty of time to make the technical moves necessary
for this run. I hear as the flow goes up so does the rating, and I can see that. The class 4
section starting below Mill Creek falls to the Powerhouse is essentially a 1.3 mile long class 3 to
4 rapid and tons of fun, all set in a spectacular gorge with 2, 170' tall waterfalls, tall canyon
walls and fantastic water color and quality. Even though I live less than an hour from the put-in,
I like to camp up above Prospect on the release weekends, That way you maximize your boating time
and can get the whole NF Rogue boating experience by adding runs down the Natural Bridge, Takilma
Gorge and River Bridge sections as well as a couple of laps down the Mill Creek section. That all
adds up to a great summer weekend of boating! Below the powerhouse is a good section of class 3
that reminded me of the upper McCloud...continuous, fairly shallow rocky rapids with good gradient
(50fpm) and a couple of nice surf waves on the day I paddled it..The class 3 section goes 24/7/365
but has access problems both at the put-in and the take-out...too bad because I bet it would be fun
in the playboat.


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Associated Projects

  • North Fork Rogue (OR)
    We worked to restore flows, provide public access, and made flow information available to provide boating opportunities on this river.

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North Fork Rogue Releases Prospect,OR runs 07/18/09 - 09/04/17, next 08/19/17
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