Rogue River Grave Creek to Foster Bar

Grants Pass, Oregon

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This run on the Rogue is one of the best-known whitewater runs in the United States. Flowing through the Siskiyou Mountains northwest of Grants Pass, it is classified Wild and Scenic, with the river preserved essentially in its natural condition. The banks vary from steep forested slopes to vertical rock walls. The river provides class 3 rapids connected by slower stretches and deep pools. Recreational use of the Wild and Scenic section has a long and diverse tradition. Private lodges and cabins are located in several places, and many of these are reached only by boat or trail. Jet boats from Gold Beach originally delivered the U.S. mail but later took passengers on popular excursions; these boats can be seen cruising at water-skiing speed along the lower 12 miles of the Wild and Scenic section. Drift boaters have long floated the river for the fine steelhead fishing. Zane Grey’s writings were inspired by the solitude and wild setting of his cabin at Winkle Bar. Character: protected; popular.
Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers

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Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers

by Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club (The Mountaineers Books)

This run on the Rogue is one of the best-known whitewater runs in the United States. Flowing through the Siskiyou Mountains northwest of Grants Pass, it is classified Wild and Scenic, with the river preserved essentially in its natural condition. The banks vary from steep forested slopes to vertical rock walls. The river provides class 3 rapids connected by slower stretches and deep pools.

Recreational use of the Wild and Scenic section has a long and diverse tradition. Private lodges and cabins are located in several places, and many of these are reached only by boat or trail. Jet boats from Gold Beach originally delivered the U.S. mail but later took passengers on popular excursions; these boats can be seen cruising at water-skiing speed along the lower 12 miles of the Wild and Scenic section. Drift boaters have long floated the river for the fine steelhead fishing. Zane Grey’s writings were inspired by the solitude and wild setting of his cabin at Winkle Bar. Character: protected; popular.

©  Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Grants Pass
Distance: 35
Class: Class III
Season: Best year-round; Flow: 1200–6000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Rogue River: Grave Creek to Foster Bar

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