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+) 00h43m 752 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 and planned outages (i.e. days when the powerhouse is not operating and the full flow of the river is returned to the natural river channel).

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 up to an additional 1000 cfs. This Class III section is approximately 2 miles in length but requires a hike out at the end once you reach the reservoir.

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:

To access the run, take Oregon State Highway 62 to Prospect and turn onto Mill Creek Drive that parallels the highway and takes you through the town of Prospect. The turn onto Mill Creek Drive is at Highway 62 mile 38.5 at the south end of town and mile 45.3 at the north end of town.

Mill Creek Drive has mile markers counting up from south to north and the key locations are as follows:

Mile 1.8, Lost Creek Reservoir take-out: This is the take-out where the North Fork and South Fork join together and end at Lost Creek Reservoir. Here a wire fence with a pull-out for a couple cars marks the start of an old road that has turned to trail. The trail leads down to the reservoir. The trail crosses Skookum Creek which is a good waypoint marking the take-out. This take-out crosses a small piece of private property and permission of the landowner is required. American Whitewater has explored solutions to bring this trail into public ownership and volunteers interested in pursuing this project are encouraged to contact us. Another option is to arrange for a pickup or paddle out on the reservoir.

Mile 4.1, Prospect Powerhouse take-out: This is the turn for the road that leads down to the PacifiCorp powerhouse at river level. In the past paddlers were allowed to drive down the road, but the road is now closed to the public. On release weekends PacifiCorp operates a shuttle service that picks up paddlers at the powerhouse and brings them back up to the put-in at Mill Creek Falls.

Mile 5.3, Mill Creek Falls put-in: The Mill Creek Falls trailhead is a day use area for those viewing this dramatic waterfall that cascades into the North Fork Rogue River. Kayakers (or adventurous rafters) will need to follow the rough social trail down into the gorge (bring ropes). Those seeking a stout class V challenge can continue upstream to the "Avenue of the Giant Boulders."

Mile 5.8, Mill Creek Drive bridge: This bridge crosses the North Fork Rogue and offers a dramatic view down into the the Prospect Falls.


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Last Updated: 2018-05-22 05:32:23

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User Comments

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March 30 2011 (2693 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 - 09/03/18, next 08/18/18
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