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Difficulty II
Length 18.3 Miles
Gauge ROGUE RIVER AT GRANTS PASS, OR
Flow Range 1000 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 17 hours ago 2070 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/03/2010 10:49 pm

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).

Logistics:

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).

Rapid Descriptions

apparent rapids #1

Class - N/A Mile - -120
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apparent rapids #2

Class - N/A Mile - -119.7
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apparent rapids #3

Class - N/A Mile - -118.6
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possible rapids

Class - N/A Mile - -116.8
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possible minor rapids #1

Class - N/A Mile - -115.7
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apparent rapids #4

Class - N/A Mile - -114.1
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possible minor rapids #2

Class - N/A Mile - -113.2
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Savage Rapids Dam

Class - N/A Mile - -107.3
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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.

Pierce Riffle

Class - N/A Mile - -106.6
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apparent rapids #5

Class - N/A Mile - -105.6
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apparent rapids #6

Class - N/A Mile - -105.2
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possible minor rapids #4

Class - N/A Mile - -105
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apparent rapids #7

Class - N/A Mile - -104.21
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possible minor rapids #5

Class - N/A Mile - -103.5
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Comments

Gage Descriptions

Gauge is just upstream of take-out location, thus provides excellent data for this run. Min/Max/optimum levels for this reach unknown to us at present. If you can provide this info, please do so via the "Comments" tab, "Add a Comment" button.

Gauge/flow analysis (based on gauge data 1968-06-25 to 2008-06-24 )
Drainage area at gauge 2,459 sq.mi.
Minimum mean daily flow during gauge period 195 cfs ( 1964.12.23)
90% of time flow exceeds 1,250 cfs
10% of time flow exceeds 6,310 cfs
Maximum mean daily flow during gauge period 152,000 cfs ( 1964.12.23)
10/90 ratio ('flashy-ness')
(under 3 is fairly steady, over 10 is quite 'flashy')
5.05

Permits

NA

Directions Description


We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

Date Flow Result Factor  
2018-05-28 n/a Fatality Other Read More
2016-01-24 n/a Fatality Solo Paddling Read More
2008-07-31 n/a Near Miss/Rescue Cold Water Read More

Alerts

News

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Oregon Waterway Access Bill Set to Become Law

6/10/2019
Priscilla Macy

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.

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Rogue River Declared Navigable

6/13/2008
Thomas O'Keefe

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.

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Rogue River Draft Navigability Report Issued

3/18/2008
Thomas O'Keefe

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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Rogue River Navigable

10/8/2007
Thomas O'Keefe

Oregon's Department of State Lands recently released a draft navigability report for the Rogue River from RM 68.5 to 157.5 (Grave Creek to Lost Creek Dam)  and reached the preliminary conclusion that this reach is indeed navigable. Paddlers are encouraged to provide comment on the draft report and provide any additional information on the accuracy of data presented and historical uses and condition of the waterway.
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Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1197491 04/03/10 Rob Add mileage to rapids; add photo to main page.
1194650 06/25/08 n/a n/a