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Rogue River "Rec" Runs

“Rivers flow not past, but through us; tingling, vibrating, exciting every cell and fiber in our bodies, making them sing and glide.“  – John Muir

The Rogue River is located in Southwestern Oregon, the headwaters originating  from the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains near Crater Lake. Above Lost Creek Reservoir, the forks of the Rogue are characterized by intense rapids through narrow basalt near the town of Prospect. Below the reservoir, near the town of Shady Cove, the Rogue is swift, cold, shallow and wide with small rapids and riffle. Further downstream is the "Nugget Powerhouse Run," starting where the Rogue passes though the old Gold Ray Dam site and ending with Ti'lomikh Falls near the town of Gold Hill where larger pool drop rapids and manmade river hazards are found. Below Ti'lomikh, the Rogue meanders across the Rogue Valley before descending through canyons of the Klamath Mountain region just outside of Galice and continuing all the way to the Pacific Ocean through the "Wild" section below Grave Creek. The Rogue was one of the first 8 rivers to be protected through the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. The "Wild" section is between Grave Creek and Watson Creek and is managed through a lottery permit system during peak season, May 15- Oct 15. The "Recreation" section is between the confluence of the Applegate and Grave Creek. The "Rec" section is where Nature Nicole Whitewater LLC operates under a Special Recreation Permit

(SRP # 238) from the Bureau of Land Management.


Smith River
National Recreation Area

Middle Fork

Madrona to Margies 7.1 miles

Panther Flat to Margies 4.5 miles


MF flows above Margies are good between 5,000 and 10,000 cfs at the Jed Smith Gage. 

Margies to Oregon Hole 3.2 miles

MF flows below Margies are good between 1,000 and 20,000 cfs at the Jed Smith Gage.

Class III 

MF above Margies has a creeking feel at 5,000 and a flooded creek feel at 10,000. Technical maneuvers and trees in the water along the banks and continuous gradient are characteristic.

South Fork

Steven Bridge to Sand Camp 5.5 miles.


Sand Camp to Craigs Beach 5.6 miles.


There is a steep carry at both put ins and take outs. 

SF flows are good between 1,500 and 15,000 cfs at the Jed Smith Gage

Class III (III+)

SF is the most versatile teaching venue with consistent class III rapids at a wide range of flows.

Major Moore's to Margies 16 miles

Flows are ideal for a raft between 8.5 ft and 12 ft on the pipe gage, which roughly correlates to 3,600 to 10,000 on the Jed Smith gage. 10ft on the pipe is ideal.

NF can be run higher but has a few class IV above about 10ft and has many class IV above 12ft.

NF can be run lower in smaller boats.

NNWW will rarely run the NF due to the long shuttle, river mileage, hard to catch flows, and class IV "Scout Rapid." It is possible to add the NF as a third day to a course as a "fun run" or to have an instructor row Scout Rapid as an advanced course or private instruction.

North Fork
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