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GOLD RAY DAM TO GRANTS PASS

Rogue River - oregon
20th of April
Status TOO HIGH
Streamflow 5920 cfs
Average 1500 cfs
Runnable Min 700 cfs
Runnable Max 3500 cfs
Gradient FPM
Length 25 Miles
Class II+ to IV
Current Weather 77° Isolated Showers then Scattered Showers

Summary

Gold Ray Dam to Grants Pass is currently TOO HIGH to be paddled with large holes and dangerous drops. We don't recommended paddling Gold Ray Dam To Grants Pass today. Paddlers are advised to exercise caution with streamflow levels at 5920cfs, about 295% above the average runnable rate of 1500cfs. We recommend paddling this section of the Rogue River between a bare minimum of 700cfs and a high of 3500cfs.

This class II+ to IV journey is accessible from 9 different boat launch points along the Rogue River. Paddlers should prepare for the 11 class II+ to IV whitewater rapids along this run. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Gold Ray Dam To Grants Pass are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at Rogue River At Raygold Near Central Point, Or.


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. Weather on the river today will be scattered showers, mainly after 2pm. increasing clouds, with a high near 77. calm wind becoming west northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. chance of precipitation is 50%.

Season Begins: January & Ends: December

Seasonal Flow Status: 69% Above Average

With a 5920cfs streamflow rate, Gold Ray Dam To Grants Pass is currently above its 3510cfs average seasonal streamflow for this time of year by 69%. Typically, this paddling destination has seen streamflow levels ranging between a low of 1450cfs in 2015, and a high of 5920cfs seen in 2019. Data for this report is sourced directly from USGS streamflow gauge 14359000



Hourly Forecast: 77° Today, Isolated Showers then Scattered Showers

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between Rain likely before 11am, then a chance of showers after 11am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Northwest wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. to mostly sunny, with a high near 82. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 63° - 82°

Forecast Discussion

608 FXUS66 KMFR 191206 AFDMFR Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Medford OR 506 AM PDT Fri Apr 19 2019 .Updated Aviation Discussion. .SHORT TERM... The big story for today is the potential for thunderstorms across northern California and southern Oregon. There will be potential instability in the air with a cold front approaching from the northwest. Therefore, we feel pretty good about some thunderstorms popping up around Mt Shasta and areas east of the Cascades. Storm formation will likely occur after 2pm and during the early evening hours. These storms are not expected to be exceptionally strong, so just look for small hail and perhaps some wind gusts up to 45 mph. The chance for rain showers will continue through the night as the the cold front pushes through Oregon with the system aloft also digging into Oregon. Temperatures will cool down Saturday with highs in the lower 60`s for the valleys west of the Cascades. The chance for thunderstorms on Saturday is really diminished after looking at the potential instability across the region. Therefore, it`s looking more like widespread showers with a snow level around 6500 feet. Models have been really aggressive with the amount of precipitation these showers will dump east of the Cascades. Adding up the precipitation Friday and Saturday, the majority of areas east of the Cascades will see about 0.5 inches of rain. Mt Shasta City and Summer Lake will see up to 1 inch of rain. Areas along the coast will only see a few tenths, which is unusual given that the coast is usually wetter than the eastside. After this low passes through, we`ll see a high pressure build and a thermal trough develop along the Oregon coastline. Overall, Sunday should be rather pleasant with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the lower 70`s over the westside valleys. -Smith .LONG TERM.../Issued 320 PM PDT Thu Apr 18 2019/ Monday, Apr 22nd through Thursday, Apr 25th, 2019... Operational models and their ensembles are in good agreement with the overall pattern evolution in the extended, but there are differences in the resulting weather, especially ...



Whitewater Rapids and Obstacles

Obstacle Summary Class Elevation
Bitterman Falls

A rocky rapid.  Pick your way through.  Kayakers can find some play spots in here depending on the water levels.

Read and run.
II+ 1115.13 Feet
Dowden Falls

A fairly minor rapid for rafters.  Kayakers can find good surfing here.  Some primitive access trails from Highway 234 can make this a good park n play spot.

Read and run
II+ 1105.34 Feet
Diversion Dam

A diagnol concrete diversion dam channels some of the Rogue into a left channel.  Run close to the right river bank to not get caught up in this man made feature.

Read and run.  Just be ready for it and be in the right place on the river.
II 1096.46 Feet
Nugget Falls

This is one of the big rapids on this portion of the Rogue.  The river runs over an uplifted section of rock creating several possible channels down this.  Rafts and most craft will want to take the left channel drop.  The right side is definitely more interesting so scout it if you want to tackle that drop.

Scout left.  Just below the concrete dam pull left and find a boaters trail on the left bank.
III+ to IV 1094.45 Feet
Powerhouse Rapid

After paddling through some flatwater below Nugget Falls you'll see a small powerhouse on river right.  This signals the beginning of powerhouse rapid.  Enter the rapid towards river right near the house.  Keep right and follow the river a short distance below the house.  The river then splits into 2 channels with the main current going down the left channel.  The left channel is your class IV option.  The right channel is smaller but not as crazy and can be a class II-III sneak for those not wanting to run the main drop.

You can pull into the calm water above the powerhouse on the right bank and follow the road down to scout the rapid.
II+ to IV 1075.14 Feet
Gold Hill Rapid

A minor read and run rapid

II 1067.29 Feet
Boiler Rapid

A short section of minor class II water

II 1064.64 Feet
Homestead I-5 Rapid

The Rogue crosses underneath the double bridges of I-5 followed by a small island.  Either channel (right or left) will give you a class II ride.

Read and run
II 997.55 Feet
Pearce Riffle

The rogue makes a left hand turn and a small riffle is formed.

Read and run
II 945.53 Feet
Tom Pierce Rapids

A fairly straight forward run.  Run towards river right.

Read and run
II to II+ 923.95 Feet
White Rocks Rapids

Several large rock outcroppings are position just above the Higway 199 bridge.  Look at running towards river right.

Read and run
II+ 896.02 Feet

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