Mellow whitewater popular as a day trip for self-guided floaters throughout the summer.
The 13 mile section of this reach upstream of Shady Grove has become popular as a summer float for self-guided trips.
Logistics: Lost Creek Dam is located at river mile 157.5, elevation 1572' (at the base). The most upstream put-in is at the McGregor boat ramp just downstream of the fish barrier dam. To reach this put-in head north on Highway 62 to mile 29.1. Turn left before crossing the Rogue River and head upstream along river right 0.5 mile to the McGregor Recreation Area. Turn right onto Cole M. Rivers Drive following the signs for the fish hatchery. In 0.2 mile you will be at the McGregor Boat Ramp.
Access is available at Casey State Park at Highway 62 mile 29.
Access is available at Rogue Elk Park at Highway 62 mile 25.7.
A popular take-out for day runs on this section is available in the town of Shady Cove. To reach this boat ramp head to Highway 62 mile 20.1 (on the north side of the bridge across the Rogue River) and turn onto Rogue River Drive headed downstream. Continue 0.1 mile to Shady Cove County Park.
Dodge Bridge County Park provides ramp access at Highway 234 mile 15.8 where you turn onto Rogue River Drive. In 0.2 miles you turn onto Dodge Bridge Road and follow it 0.2 miles down to the river and a put-in in the park on the upstream river right side of the bridge.
Table Rock Road bridge has an access site with ramp on the downstream river right side of the bridge.
The former Gold Ray Dam site is located at river mile 125.9, elevation 1145' (at the crest). From I-5 exit 35 take Blackwell Road 1.5 miles northwest to Gold Ray Road. Take Gold Ray road 1.4 miles to Gold Ray Dam site.
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Shady Cove Boat Ramp
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Rogue at Casey State Park
Lost Creek Reservoir Dam
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This week, Oregon House Bill 2835 re-passed the Oregon House on a 52-7 vote. Having earlier cleared the Senate, the bill now awaits a signature from the Governor to be signed into law. For decades, opportunities to protect and improve the ability of the public to access and legally use waterways for recreation have seen minimal progress, while efforts to severely limit access have been a consistent threat. Oregon House Bill 2835 is a pivotal piece of legislation in Oregon, and the first proactive waterway access bill in recent history to have made it through the state legislature.
Jackson County Parks and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are leading a planning effort to develop a recreation management plan for a thirteen mile stretch of the Rogue River that includes the former sites of the Gold Ray and Gold Hill Dams. The goal of the planning project is to identify appropriate public access points along the Rogue River following dam removal and develop a strategy to proactively manage changing and increasing recreational use patterns, while maintaining the integrity of the natural resources in the area and minimizing potential conflicts.
Oregon's Department of State Land issued a final ruling and determined that the Rogue River from RM 68.5 to 157.5 (Grave Creek to Lost Creek Dam) is indeed navigable. The finding confirms that the state is the owner of the river bed, and the public has the right to use the river.
The Oregon Department of State Lands has recently released a Rogue River Navigability Report concluding that the 89 mile stretch of the Rogue River from Lost Creek Dam to Grave Creek meets the federal test for navigability. The paddling community can support this finding by attending a public meeting (3/19) or providing public comment (by 3/26) to the State Land Board.
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