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
Bear Creek Blw Ashland Creek At Ashland
USGS 14354200
20 cfs 0.3 ft
Star Gulch Near Ruch
USGS 14362250
1 cfs 1.0 ft
Rogue R At Cole M Rivers F Hatchery Nr Mcleod
USGS 14335072
770 cfs 1.8 ft
Applegate River Near Applegate
USGS 14366000
185 cfs 1.4 ft
Rogue River At Dodge Bridge
USGS 14339000
1,130 cfs 2.9 ft
Rogue River Above Prospect
USGS 14328000
770 cfs 2.2 ft
Rogue River Below Prospect
USGS 14330000
1,230 cfs 2.5 ft
Sucker Cr Bl Lt Grayback Cr Nr Holland
USGS 14375100
184 cfs 1.7 ft
Shasta R Nr Yreka Ca
USGS 11517500
31 cfs 2.7 ft
Rogue River At Raygold Near Central Point
USGS 14359000
1,330 cfs 1.1 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Big Red Mountain
SNOTEL 341
49" -1"
King Mountain
SNOTEL 558
7" -1"
Howard Prairie
SNOTEL 1158
13" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Valley of the Rogue State Park 168 1,021 ft
Cantrell Buckley Park None 1,466 ft
Elderberry Flat None 1,990 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Mt. Ashland Ski & Snowboard Resort 49" 53° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Lost Creek Lake to Gold Ray Dam 1040.0cfs 31.3 Mi II to II+
Gold Ray Dam to Grants Pass 1330.0cfs 24.5 Mi II+ to IV
Grants Pass to Grave Creek 1330.0cfs 33.0 Mi II to II+