Rogue, North Fork, Oregon, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV(V+) (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||109 fpm|
|Max Gradient||164 fpm|
|ROGUE RIVER BELOW PROSPECT, OR|
|usgs-14330000||85 - 10000 cfs||IV(V+)||00h16m||1340 cfs (running)|
|See flow page for details. See flow page for release details.|
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).
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
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".