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
Cow Creek Near Riddle
USGS 14310000
342 cfs 2.0 ft
East Fork Ashland Creek Near Ashland
USGS 14353500
3 cfs 1.7 ft
Rogue River Below Prospect
USGS 14330000
1,030 cfs 2.1 ft
Applegate River Near Applegate
USGS 14366000
501 cfs 2.3 ft
Rogue R At Cole M Rivers F Hatchery Nr Mcleod
USGS 14335072
584 cfs 1.6 ft
Star Gulch Near Ruch
USGS 14362250
1 cfs 1.1 ft
Applegate River Near Wilderville
USGS 14369500
574 cfs 2.9 ft
South Umpqua River At Tiller
USGS 14308000
866 cfs 3.1 ft
West Fork Cow Creek Near Glendale
USGS 14309500
93 cfs 3.2 ft
Klamath R Nr Seiad Valley Ca
USGS 11520500
1,670 cfs 2.8 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Bigelow Camp
SNOTEL 343
29" -1"
King Mountain
SNOTEL 558
13" -1"
Toketee Airstrip
SNOTEL 1044
12" 0"
Big Red Mountain
SNOTEL 341
33" -1"
Howard Prairie
SNOTEL 1158
12" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Elderberry Flat None 1,990 ft
Cantrell Buckley Park None 1,466 ft
Valley of the Rogue State Park 168 1,021 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Mt. Ashland Ski & Snowboard Resort 33" 44° 1.11"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Grants Pass to Grave Creek 1430.0cfs 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 1430.0cfs 24.5 Mi II+ to IV