A fun place to hang out just downstream of the Hellgate Bridge accessible by boat or road.
One of the best places to jump off the rocks into the Rogue River.
From Galice resort ( or head just upstream to Carpenters Island so as to get get upper Galice Rapid in) down to either Argo or Graves Creek is a great beginner run or relaxing hot summer day float. The best time to make this run is June thru Sept. Air temps can reach into the 100's and water temps into the high 60's or low 70's. There's always enough flow and few hazards and lots of boaters of every type. Shuttles can easily be arranged through Galice resort. Bike shuttles work great too. Most of the run consists of long pools separated by class 2 & 2+ rapids with a couple of playspots in there too. (The big center wave in Argo can be a great surf wave at the some flows). I usually put-in at Carpenters Island and take-out at Graves Creek, if it's a 100 degrees out no sense in hurrying home. Plus by taking out at Graves Creek those who are so inclined can run the first two class 3's on the Canyon Run (Grave Creek Riffle & Falls) and wow their beginner friends. (climb out river left after Grave Creek Falls to the trail and hike the couple of hundred yards back above the boat launch and ferry over to it, beware of poison oak)
Floaters guide to the Wild and Scenic Rogue River
Plan for the development, operation and management of the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River.
Comments of American Whitewater on the Department of State Lands Navigability Study.
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Almeda Park launch ramp
Taylor Creek Gorge
Smullin Visitor Center Sign
Smullin Visitor Center Permit Station
Smullin Visitor Center
Galice Boat Ramp
Ennis Boat Launch
Indian Mary Park
Hellgate Recreation Area
Hog Creek Ramp
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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.
At the end of last Congress, the House and Senate negotiated a public lands package that ultimately resulted in 256 new miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers for Oregon when the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act was signed into law on March 12th, 2019. While rivers like the Molalla and several tributaries of the Rogue were designated Wild and Scenic, the lands surrounding the immediate river corridor were left unprotected. With a commitment to finish the job, and building on the successful effort to move these initiatives out of committee with bipartisan support last Congress, Senator Wyden was joined by Senator Merkley in introducing the Oregon Recreation Enhancement Act (S. 1262) on May 1st, 2019. The bill is scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on May 14th, 2019.
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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