The Pacificorp Prospect Whitewater Page link is out of commission and has been since at least Labor Day weekend this year when I first attempted to access flow information. I am removing all but one references to the link from the description text. Was maintaining this page part of the agreement with AW? Here is the link for future reference.
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.
Realtime flow information for the reach between the dam and the powerhouse is now provided on the PacifiCorp Prospect Whitewater page and is updated every hour.
During scheduled release weekends paddlers need to beware and use caution, as actual river flows may be vastly different because of operational changes at the dams (e.g. if the powerhouse suddenly goes offline) or due to weather conditions (e.g. a summer rain event). These events can result in extreme changes (100s of cfs) without notice. Additionally, the imprecise nature of the spill gate controls can result in variability of +-35 cfs. PacifiCorp will make a good faith effort to release the target amounts on the date and time specified, but all paddlers who enter the gorge need to be aware of the potential hazard of extreme changes in flows that can happen unexpectedly and without warning.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
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Pacificorp van shuttle
Scott Gerber at the ledge
Steep part of the put-in trail
Avenue of the Giant Boulders
Take-out on the reservoir
Segment Through the Reservoir
Rapids on the NF Rogue
Mill Creek Falls put-in
View from Put-in
North Fork Rogue
Mill Creek Falls in the sun
Paddling the North Fork Rogue
Aerial view of rapids in gorge
Barr Creek Falls Rapid
Right side of the island
Barr Creek Falls
Entrance Rapid, Mill Cr. Falls
Mill Cr. Falls, N.F. Rogue
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