The flows in the stretch from Avenue of the Giant Boulders to the Powerhouse are found here. This is the flow being released into the stretch from the upstream dam. In the Winter Mill Creek can add substantial flow on top of the gauge reading, in the Summer it adds a negligible amount.
The flows found in the river from the powerhouse to the reservoir are found here.
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).
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.
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.
We have had releases on this reach but don't show any currently. This information is
gathered by the public. If you know about releases then contact us about them. If
you would volunteer to enter the releases, then reach out to us.
This gauge is for flows downstream of the powerhouse. PacifiCorp removes about 1000 cfs from the first 1.3 miles of this run upstream of the powerhouse. Realtime flow information for the reach upstream of the powerhouse is now provided on the PacifiCorp Prospect Whitewater page add is updated every hour.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
Use the map below to calculate how
to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.
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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American Whitewater. Don't worry about multiple submissions from other witnesses, as our safety
editors will turn multiple witness reports into a single unified accident report.
Last week FERC approved a whitewater recreation plan for the North Fork Rogue. We are pleased to be working with PacifiCorp who has committed to immediately implementing the plan and providing the whitewater recreational opportunities this summer.
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