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Gold Nugget Run Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Rogue River

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Gold Nugget Run Info
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Put In:  Above Nugget Falls
Take Out:  Gold Hill Boat Ramp
Difficulty:  Class IV - Pool Drop
Gradient:  20 ft/mi
Run Length:  2 miles
Current Streamflow:  6450 cfs @ 12/14/2016 10:15 AM - ROGUE RIVER AT GRANTS PASS, OR, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  800 - 3,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Primary Season: 

Dam-controlled, this section runs all year long

Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  This is a short section of whitewater that is great for the after work boater. Mostly class IV rapids seperated by calm pools, rapids contain great playboating.
Hazards:  Nugget Falls and Powerhouse Rapids present some difficulties. Powerhouse can't be scouted from the river, so must be scouted from Upper River Road on the east side of the river. Upper River Road turn off of Oregon 234 east out of Gold Hill just after the road crosses the river. Go upriver about 1 mile to a pullout on the left. The last drop can be seen from here, but the entrance is hidden by some trees. It may be a good idea to run Powerhouse with someone who has been through before, since the entrance is tricky.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Some public some Private
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), Southeast of Salem
Area Name:  Pacific West
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: From I-5 near Gold Hill take Oregon 234 through Gold Hill. In about a mile you will reach the take out at a boat landing on the right.

Put In: From the take out, continue down the road another mile and turn off onto a dirt road and follow it until you reach the river.

Gold Nugget Run on the Rogue River

The Gold Nugget Run on the Rogue River is a short section of whitewater that offers many good play spots. This is a great section for boaters that need the after work paddle.

Broken Weir: This is the first playspot encountered on this run. Beware of this playspot because it can be very powerful.

Nugget Falls: Shortly after the put in is the first class IV rapid called Nugget Falls. Scout this rapid from the trail on river left, the trail can also be used to run this rapid multiple times. Below the drop is the Nugget play hole which offers good bouncy surfs.

Powerhouse Rapid: Class IV Powerhouse Rapid comes after a long flatwater stretch below Nugget Falls. Run either slot on the center right. Scout this drop because one slot is a class IV and the other is a class II+.

Last Edited by josho on 4/26/2011

Towns near Gold Nugget Run Kayaking

Ashland Oregon
Eugene Oregon
Gold Beach Oregon
Gold hill Oregon
Grants Pass Oregon
Klamath Falls Oregon
Medford Oregon
Merlin Oregon
Mt. Shasta California
Oakridge Oregon
Prospect Oregon
Redding California
Roseburg Oregon
Shady cove Oregon

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