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LOST CREEK LAKE TO GOLD RAY DAM

Rogue River - oregon
20th of April
Status TOO HIGH
Streamflow 3860 cfs
Average 1500 cfs
Runnable Min 700 cfs
Runnable Max 3500 cfs
Gradient 13 FPM
Length 31 Miles
Class II to II+
Current Weather 74° Isolated Showers then Chance T-storms

Summary

Lost Creek Lake to Gold Ray Dam is currently TOO HIGH to be paddled with large holes and dangerous drops. We don't recommended paddling Lost Creek Lake To Gold Ray Dam today. Paddlers are advised to exercise caution with streamflow levels at 3860cfs, about 157% 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 II+ journey is accessible from 7 different boat launch points along the Rogue River. Paddlers should prepare for the 6 class II to II+ whitewater rapids along this run. Lost Creek Lake to Gold Ray Dam is also ideal for multi day paddlers looking to do some camping too. Campers will find 1 riverside campsites as the run winds its way through 31 miles of the beautiful Rogue River. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Lost Creek Lake To Gold Ray Dam are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at Rogue River Near Mcleod, Or.


This section of the Rogue is a good beginner or intermediate section.  Floaters can choose several different access points to make day runs.  Even though this stretch is mellow, users should always keep an eye out for wood hazards (especially in spring time or after heavy rains with flood potential). Weather on the river today will be isolated showers between 11am and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. mostly sunny, with a high near 74. calm wind becoming north northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. chance of precipitation is 50%.

Season Begins: January & Ends: December

Seasonal Flow Status: 62% Above Average

With a 3860cfs streamflow rate, Lost Creek Lake To Gold Ray Dam is currently above its 2384cfs average seasonal streamflow for this time of year by 62%. Typically, this paddling destination has seen streamflow levels ranging between a low of 876cfs in 2015, and a high of 3860cfs seen in 2019. Data for this report is sourced directly from USGS streamflow gauge 14337600



Hourly Forecast: 74° Today, Isolated Showers then Chance T-storms

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between Rain likely before 11am, then showers likely after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. Light and variable wind becoming north northwest 8 to 13 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. to mostly sunny, with a high near 79. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 59° - 79°

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
Highway Hole Rapid

A class II wave train near where the Rogue parallels HW 62.

Read and run
II to II+ 1523.02 Feet
Island Rapids

Some splashy water and waves form at the base of a good sized island.  Most boaters take the right hand channel of the island.  The turbulent water continues for a while past the island but nothing serious here.

Read and run
II- to II 1515.19 Feet
Cable Hole Rapid

Mainly some swift moving water.

Read and run
I to II- 1443.67 Feet
Trail Creek Rapid

Another easy class I to II rapid.

Read and run
II- to II 1441.17 Feet
Jackson Falls

The river makes a sweeping left hand turn and this rapid starts just above the turn and follows it.  This is the biggest section of whitewater on this stretch of the Rogue but is nothing to fret about.

Read and run
II to II+ 1272.52 Feet
Rattlesnake Rapid

Another fun splashy rapid.

Read and run
II- to II 1250.13 Feet

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Rogue Elk Park Campsites

This is a medium sized campground that has a boat ramp nearby.  There is a fee per night for camping and is mainly used by car campers since it's right next to HW 62.

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