The First Day On The Rogue River!
This will be approximately 11 mile day lodging and 13 mile day if we camp. Three day trip itinerary on longer trips the pace is simply slow a bit. We meet at Argo at 9:30am You will at this time meet your guides, finish packing your water bags, get fitted for a life jacket and have a short safety speech. We are in our rafts by 10:00 and having fun.
The first three miles of the float are mild. Our first significant rapid occurs just after we enter the wild, road-less section of the Rogue at Grave Creek. The site is named for Martha Leland Crowley, who was buried here in 1846.
Mile: 1.1 Sanderson - The concrete piers visible on both sides of the river are all that remain of the bridge used for mule pack trains and foot traffic. The bridge was built in 1907 and was destroyed by flood in 1927.
Mile 1.8: Rainie Falls. This falls was named for old man Rainie, who lived in a small cabin below the falls and made his living by gaffing salmon. Guides run our boats down a narrow channel while everyone else walks around this thundering drop.
Mile 3: A quarter mile up Whiskey Creek is the Whiskey Creek cabin, a pioneer cabin recorded in the national register of historic places.
Mile 4.8: Tyee Rapids-north bank. Tyee is the chinook word for chief. Tyee Bar (south Bank) is the site of a once-famous gold mine where 300 chinese workers took one million dollars in gold dust.
Mile 5.7: Wildcat Rapids, class III.
Mile 5:8: Russian Rapids, class II. The river narrows into a gorge with a long section of class II rapids. Including Upper and Lower Montgomery, Upper , Middle and Lower Howard Chutes. Great for kayaking !
Mile 6.3: Howard Creek south side. Swimming Hole. Here we take a break, and cool off in the heat of the day.
Mile 9.6: Upper and Lower Black Bar falls. Class III On river left, just below lower Black Bar Falls is Black Bar Lodge, the first of several lodges along the Rogue. The lodge was built in 1932.
If you chose a Lodge trip our first night will be at Black bar Lodge. Black Bar is a quaint lodge nestled in the trees out of view of the river. Just the setting you would imagine for a wilderness lodge. We will arrive about 5pm.
If your on a Camp trip, Horse Shoe Bend or Telegraph Bar is our first nights camp. We arrive to a completely prepared camp, about 5pm. You will be amazed, its hard to believe they call this camping.
On the Rogue River, Day Two.
After a great dinner and a wonderful night on the Rogue River, we'll have a hearty breakfast, and head for the water. If your first night was at Black Bar, the river trip begins at 9:30am. The campers have a little latter start, once the guides break camp we will hit the river about 10:00am.
The Best Day on the Rogue River!
Mile 11.1 Horseshoe Bend - This is the location of the first night Camp on a 3 day trip and because the rock across the river is harder, it forced the river to carve its channel into the adjacent softer rock, creating the tight, horseshoe-shaped curve.
Mile 12.1: Mary's Pot Hole- Class I or VI for Kayaks.
Mile 13.9: Kelsey Canyon (named after Captain John Kelsey) another great series of Class II Rapids.
*Upper Dulog Rapid
Mile 16.6: Battle Bar Campsite and historical site. A major battle during the 1850s between the US Cavalry and a band of locals Indians was fought here. The Bob Fox cabin is visible on the left bank. The cabin was built in the 1920s and partially destroyed in the 1964 flood.
Mile 17.5: Winkle Bar. This is the site of Zane Greys cabin. Grey purchased this mining claim from a gold prospector in 1926.
Mile 19.5: Quail Creek. A fire of close to 3,000 acres burned here in 1970.
After many rapids, Zane Greys cabin, swimming through lower Kelsey Canyon, and other possible side hikes, We arrive around 12:30pm for day twos lunch at Missouri Creek.
Now that your lunch has settled we can stop at the jumping rock. It's a rock for all comers; 5", 10", and 15" feet landing in a deep pool. Next is the surf wave a play hole the rafts and kayaks can enjoy.
Mile 21.3: John's Rapids. Class II. Named after Chief John, one of the leaders of the Indian tribes during the 1850's war with the US Calvary.
One highlight of our trip is next. In the heat of the day, we take the World Famous Mule Creek Canyon Swim... Then it is on to Blossom Bar!
Mile 23: Rogue River Ranch and Mule Creek. Site of a historic, restored ranch. We usually spend a while here, exploring the ranch and swimming at the swimming hole in Mule Creek.
Mile 23.5: Mule Creek Canyon Class IV A beautiful, narrow canyon formed as the river carves a path along a fault line. One Mile of fast active white water with rapids in the canyon including.
*Entrance (Jaws or Guardian Rocks)
Mile 25.5: Coffeepot a churning semi-whirlpool, two miles from the beginning of Mule Creek Canyon. The river bounces off the canyon walls creating diagonal waves and tricky currents. This is the narrowest passage on the river.
Mile 27.1: Blossom Bar Rapids. The Rogue's most famous rapids, named after the wild azaleas that bloom here in the spring. River pioneer Glen Woolridge, blasted a passage through this rapids using dynamite sunk in a weighted burlap sack.
After Blossom Bar one more rapid to swim, the Lower Stair, then it is off to Paradise Lodge, where we will arrive about 5:00pm.
Paradise Lodge sits just above the river. From the deck you can watch the river peacefully flow by. From your beautiful rooms you will have a great view of the Devils Backbone. There is a lot to see and do at Paradise Lodge.
Camping? Just below Paradise Lodge is Champagne Beach Camp. It's a beautiful place to spend our second night under the stars.
Day Three on The Rogue River!
After a great night and a wonderful breakfast whether at camp or at the lodge we are back in the boats at 9:30am. We have 12 miles today and the funs not over yet. Our first rapid is the Devils Back Bone then comes the peace and quite of Huggins Canyon.
Mile 29: Huggin's Canyon. This section of the Rogue was named by Glen Wooldridge after a local hunter, Andy Huggins. Huggins lived for many years at Half Moon Bar, where his grave is located.
Mile 31.0: East Creek - south bank. This is the site of the former "General's Cabin" owned by Generals Eakers, Spaatz, LeMay, Anderson, and Twining. The land was sold to the group by Wooldridge as a former mining claim.
Mile 31.7: Solitude Rapid This location bustled with mining activity around 1900.
Mile 32.9: We will make a quick stop just after Huggin's Canyon. Here is the World Famous Take Creek Water Slide. It requires a bit of a hike and a bit of a climb. But one time through the chute makes it all worth while. Hang on and enjoy this natural slide!
Mile 33.0: Tacoma Rapids. Named after a mining operation from Tacoma, Washington. Extensive mining was done in this area early in the century.
Mile 33.2: Clay Hill Rapid and Lodge - Private lodge, reservations required. An original homesite is still intact up the creek. An old sawmill was also on the creek. This area is private property; please respect the owner's privacy. Hathaway Jones' wife, Flora Dell Thomas, was born here. Hathaway Jones (1870-1937) was a local packer, mail carrier and story teller.
Mile 34.8: Flora Dell Creek -The creek is named after Flora Dell Thomas, Hathaway Jones' wife. Flora Dell Creek plunges over a 30 foot sheer wall into a deep trailside pool.
Mile 37.7: Watson Creek - Here are the remains of Buster Billings' cabin. This is also the End Of The Wild & Scenic Section of the Rogue River!
Just 3 small Rapids to go until Foster Bar!
Mile 40.0: Foster Bar/Foster Creek- Named after Charles Foster, miner, packer and lieutenant in the military during the Indian wars. Foster escaped an Indian attack at this site and worked his way downriver to Port Orford (then Fort Orford). After the Indian wars Foster returned to settle in this area and married Catherine (a Karok Indian).
This is our take out point. Your shuttle van or your vehicles will meet us here.
This day is the end of our Journey together, people tend to be in a rush and attitudes tend to change about lunch time the 3rd day. If we could be so bold as to make one more suggestion. You and Your Group have traveled a long way to float the Famous Rogue River, take one more night for review.
From Foster Bar you could travel back to Grants Pass (3 hour drive) for one more night there. Or head to Gold Beach on Oregon's beautiful coast.
Looking at The Rogue River Bay.
Gold Beach is less than a hour from Foster Bar. You can be showered, and sharing stories of the trip, over a 4 star dinner, on Oregon's Coast. Our favorite restaurant in Gold Beach is called Spinners, enjoy a terrific meal over looking the Pacific Ocean. No rush, No hurry, enjoy your third day on the Rogue River knowing you have one more night of vacation...
Ocean View Gold Beach
The Rogue River is an amazingly rewarding trip for all ages. A guest once said “This is the best multi- generational vacation he have ever been on." Whether your 8 or 80 we hope you enjoyed the Beautiful Rogue River.
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