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GRAVE CREEK TO FOSTER BAR

Rogue River - oregon
20th of April
Status RUNNABLE
Streamflow 6630 cfs
Average 1500 cfs
Runnable Min 700 cfs
Runnable Max 35000 cfs
Gradient 33 FPM
Length 36 Miles
Class III to IV
Current Weather 75° Isolated Showers then Scattered Showers

Summary

Grave Creek to Foster Bar is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 6630cfs, about 342% 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 35000cfs.

This class III to IV journey is accessible from 2 different boat launch points along the Rogue River. Paddlers should prepare for the 2 class III to IV whitewater rapids along this run. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Grave Creek To Foster Bar are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at Rogue River At Grants Pass, Or.


The Rogue River is located in southwestern Oregon and flows 215 miles from Crater Lake to the Pacific Ocean. The 84 mile, Congressionally designated "National Wild and Scenic" portion of the Rogue begins 7 miles west of Grants Pass and ends 11 miles east of Gold Beach.  The Wild  section of the  Rogue, which is 36 mile, is permitted by the Bureau of Land Management from May15 to October 15, but the river is generally run-able all year.  The lottery occurs December 1 to January 31 cancellations are given over the phone starting May 5. The Rogue flows through the Siskiyou mountains and is considered a premier fishing river.  It is considered to be a class III+ river the major rapids are Rainie falls and Blossom Bar.   Rainie has a small by-pass channel known as the fish ladder, Blosom is a complex rapid that is a mandatory scout. Weather on the river today will be scattered showers, mainly after 2pm. mostly sunny, with a high near 75. calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. chance of precipitation is 50%.

Season Begins: January & Ends: December

Seasonal Flow Status: 66% Above Average

With a 6630cfs streamflow rate, Grave Creek To Foster Bar is currently above its 4003cfs average seasonal streamflow for this time of year by 66%. Typically, this paddling destination has seen streamflow levels ranging between a low of 1520cfs in 2015, and a high of 6630cfs seen in 2019. Data for this report is sourced directly from USGS streamflow gauge 14361500



Hourly Forecast: 75° Today, Isolated Showers then Scattered Showers

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between A chance of rain before 11am, then a chance of showers after 11am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 62. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. to mostly sunny, with a high near 81. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 62° - 81°

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
Blossom Bar

This is a complex boulder strewn rapid, and should be scouted before running.  The typical run starts on the far left then moves center  through a narrow chute, then back to the left.  There are notorious wrap rocks on the dreaded Pickett fence so be sure to scout this if you are running it for the first time.

There is a cliff with several pull ins and  eddies on river right.  The water is backed up above Blossom so it is pretty easy to pull in and scout the rocks are slippery and steep and there is poison oak along the route.
III+ to IV+ Feet
Rainie Falls

This is a class V waterfall, most people run the small side channel known as the fish ladder or run the middle chute which is also called the Dory chute.  If you have never run the river before the Fish Ladder can be tricky to find.  You will hear the roar of Rainie and you will see the horizon line of the falls.  The water backs up before Rainie so you can stop easily.  The fish ladder is on river right hand shore pull in when the river starts getting rocky you will see scout trails heading into the willows.  Scout your entry because it does split into channels, the channel is narrow, shallow and rocky so once you are in it you can't make many moves it is crash and bash.  This is one can be an oar breaker so ship your oars when you enter. You will quickly discover the places you can get hung up so it is helpful have some one standing there to help you disengage.  There should only be one boat in the fish ladder at a time, you don't want to pile into someone who is stuck.  It is good to have a whistle so people know when you are through.    The middle chute is next to the main falls and is very tricky to find at medium water levels if you have never done it before follow someone who knows the passage or take the fish ladder you can easily run the main drop by accident.   At low water <1000 cfs the middle chute is the easiest route past Rainie and the rocks are above water so someone can help you line up.  More on shore accidents occur at the Fish Ladder than any other section of the river, the ground is very rocky and wet, many turned ankles and skinned knees especially if you are lining a boat through this section. Watch for posion oak.  If you want a good view of the falls pull up on the sand bar on the left and walk up the trail to the falls.  You will not see the falls from the Fish Ladder.  It is spectacular waching the big fish trying to jump the falls during spring and fall runs.

Look for scout trails in the willow on river right just above the drop.
III to IV Feet

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