Rogue - 3. Gold Hill Boat Ramp to Grants Pass (up to 18.3 miles)

Rogue, Oregon, US


3. Gold Hill Boat Ramp to Grants Pass (up to 18.3 miles)

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 18.3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 8 fpm

Site overview. Photo by Kipper McNeal

Site overview. Photo by Kipper McNeal
Photo by Kipper R. McNeal taken 04/12/09

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-14361500 1000 - 3000 cfs II 00h17m 1360 cfs (running)
Best boatable levels uncertain. Help us out! Add a comment or 'report'. Gauge (Drainage=2,459 sq.mi.) is at the take-out in Grants Pass, thus quite accurately reflects flow in this reach.

River Description

This reach runs from the town of Gold Hill to Grants Pass with I-5 paralleling the river on the north side and Hwy. 99 paralleling the river on the south side. One barrier to navigation is Savage Rapids dam set to be removed to improve fish passage (this dam is visible from river left at Hwy. 99 mile 5.5 east of Grants Pass).


Put-in at Gold Hill Boat Ramp is accessible from I-5 exit 40. Cross the Rogue River and enter the town of Gold Hill. Take Highway 234 north out of town. The boat ramp is located less than a mile out of town on river right at Gold Rogue Sports Park at Highway 234 mile 3.0.
River mile 120.2, elevation 1056'.

Take-out at Baker Park Boat Ramp in Grants Pass on river left downstream of the Highway 199 Bridge is accessible from I-5 exit 55. Follow Highway 199 from I-5 down to the river.
River mile 101.9, elevation 896'.

Alternate access points are available to make runs of various shorter length (or combine with upstream runs for greater length).

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2010-04-03 22:49:45

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
-120.0apparent rapids #1N/A
-119.7apparent rapids #2N/A
-118.6apparent rapids #3N/A
-116.8possible rapidsN/A
-115.7possible minor rapids #1N/A
-114.1apparent rapids #4N/A
-113.2possible minor rapids #2N/A
-107.3Savage Rapids DamN/A
-106.6Pierce RiffleN/A
-105.6apparent rapids #5N/A
-105.2apparent rapids #6N/A
-105.0possible minor rapids #4N/A
-104.2apparent rapids #7N/A
-103.5possible minor rapids #5N/A

Rapid Descriptions

Savage Rapids Dam (Class N/A, Mile -107.3)

Removal of this dam (in progress) will no doubt reveal some additional riffles, rips, and rapids in the (nearly six mile) stretch of no 'marked' rapids on the topo maps.

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Associated Projects

  • Restoring the Rogue (OR)
    One of the great Rivers of the West, preserving the the Wild Rogue and restoring upstream reaches impacted by dams are priorities for American Whitewater.