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
Big Butte Creek Near Mcleod
USGS 14337500
36 cfs 2.6 ft
Cow Creek Near Azalea
USGS 14309000
31 cfs 1.4 ft
South Fork Rogue River Near Prospect
USGS 14332000
149 cfs 8.4 ft
Rogue River Below Prospect
USGS 14330000
967 cfs 2.0 ft
Indian C Nr Happy Camp Ca
USGS 11521500
167 cfs 3.8 ft
Bear Creek At Medford
USGS 14357500
68 cfs 2.9 ft
Applegate River Near Applegate
USGS 14366000
316 cfs 1.8 ft
Cow Creek Abv Galesville Res
USGS 14308990
17 cfs 0.5 ft
Klamath R Nr Seiad Valley Ca
USGS 11520500
1,180 cfs 2.1 ft
South Umpqua River Near Brockway
USGS 14312000
564 cfs 4.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Elderberry Flat None 1,990 ft
Valley of the Rogue State Park 168 1,021 ft
Cantrell Buckley Park None 1,466 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Mt. Ashland Ski & Snowboard Resort 49" 53° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Gold Ray Dam to Grants Pass 2400.0cfs 24.5 Mi II+ to IV
Grants Pass to Grave Creek 2400.0cfs 33.0 Mi II to II+
Lost Creek Lake to Gold Ray Dam 953.0cfs 31.3 Mi II to II+