Gold Ray Dam To Grants Pass

This can be run as a long day run or an overnighter if you want to do the whole stretch.  You can also run from Fisher's Ferry (below the dam) to Gold Hill Park if you want about a 5 mile day run with the best whitewater.  Most of the rapids happen in the first 5 miles but rafters looking for a nice weekend float can continue downriver.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Rogue River are between a bare minimum of 700cfs and a high of 3,500cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 14359000, the Rogue River At Raygold Near Central Point Remember only watercraft are permitted at Gold Ray Dam to Grants Pass.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Bitterman Falls
Class II+
Dowden Falls
Class II+
Diversion Dam
Class II
Nugget Falls
Class III+ to IV
Powerhouse Rapid
Class II+ to IV
Gold Hill Rapid
Class II
Boiler Rapid
Class II
Homestead I-5 Rapid
Class II
Pearce Riffle
Class II
Tom Pierce Rapids
Class II to II+
White Rocks Rapids
Class II+

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Elk Creek Nr Drew
USGS 14308500
0 cfs 2.1 ft
South Umpqua River At Tiller
USGS 14308000
42 cfs 0.6 ft
Klamath R Nr Seiad Valley Ca
USGS 11520500
1,070 cfs 2.0 ft
Klamath R Bl Iron Gate Dam Ca
USGS 11516530
969 cfs 2.0 ft
East Fork Ashland Creek Near Ashland
USGS 14353500
1 cfs 1.5 ft
South Umpqua River Near Brockway
USGS 14312000
135 cfs 3.2 ft
Bear Creek At Medford
USGS 14357500
5 cfs 2.4 ft
Rogue R At Cole M Rivers F Hatchery Nr Mcleod
USGS 14335072
770 cfs 1.6 ft
Cow Creek Near Riddle
USGS 14310000
86 cfs 1.2 ft
South Fork Rogue River Near Prospect
USGS 14332000
38 cfs 2.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Toketee Airstrip
3" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Cantrell Buckley Park None 1,466 ft
Elderberry Flat None 1,990 ft
Valley of the Rogue State Park 168 1,021 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Mt. Ashland Ski & Snowboard Resort -2" 69° 0.07"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Grants Pass to Grave Creek 1150.0cfs 33.0 Mi II to II+
Lost Creek Lake to Gold Ray Dam 985.0cfs 31.3 Mi II to II+
Gold Ray Dam to Grants Pass 1150.0cfs 24.5 Mi II+ to IV