Rogue River (OR) - September 24-28, 2018 - 38 Miles

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Trip Itinerary:
Day 	Camp 			Bank 	Miles 
Put-in	Almeda Bar 		Left	0.0
1,2	Wildcat			Left	8.9
3	Corner Camp		Left	20.9		
4	Lower Tate		Right	32.6
Takeout	Foster Bar		Right	38.3	

Miles are 'Miles +3.8 (from Almeda Bar to Grave Cr.)' from Rogue River Boater's Guide. Updated BLM camping info

Ready to launch from Almeda Bar 11:22am with Jim and Sherry. Other groups launched earlier

Passing Grave Creek bridge 12:54pm. A slow 2.5 mph at low flow. Start of Wild & Scenic section

Below Grave Creek rapid

Jim enters the Dory Chute above Rainie Falls

Brief pause while Jim gets his raft moving

Upstream from pause point

Pause point 2 to ship oars to make sure I am aligned for the final flush

Below Rainie Falls. Another raft came thru shortly after I did

First water fowl shot

Below Wildcat rapid after the 'incident' (long story)

Feeble attempt at capturing full moon above Wildcat camp

Day 2 - Next morning at lower Wildcat

Our upper Wildcat camp. Decided to do our layover day here, primarily to dry out dog stuff

Thought I caught picture of hikers along Rogue River trail while reading in the shade

There they are!

Day 3 - Ready to launch 11:18am

Below Howard Creek Chute

Above Slim Pickens

Below Slim Pickens

Below Windy Creek Chute

Below Black Bar Falls. Did some frame damage on a rock in Upper Black Bar. Photo documentation at the end

Passing Horseshoe Bend

Day 4 - Next morning. Looking down to Corner Camp

Upstream of Corner Camp

Jim enjoying morning coffee

Ready to launch 11:38am

Downstream from Corner Camp. First notice of fire haze

Autumn colors and easy rapids

Into Mule Creek Canyon

We both pinballed thru the Narrows

Passing thru Coffeepot

Stair Creek Falls

Highline across Blossom Bar. Ongoing effort to remove wrapped dory below the pickets and to the right. Contrary to what the BLM says it does potentially block the right side exit from the 'slalom' if you come thru turned

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Below Blossom Bar

Below Devil's Staircase

Lunch stop at North Gleason. Hill climb to high bench makes it undesirable for camping

Passing Paradise Creek

Looks like charred madrone trees from a previous fire

Fire haze getting worse

Day 5- Surveying the beach at 6:54am. Nighttime visitors did some damage. Food items had been removed from yellow dryboxes and placed in 'bear proof' coolers. Dryboxes were left unstrapped. I slept thru the event. The useless dog failed to even bark while it happened

Efforts of a determined bear. It will be interesting to see how Yeti handles the replacement. Still TBD

Yeti Tundra 110 after river rinse

We were camped on the sandy ledge about 100 ft. from boats

Eventually found my drybox lid 30 ft. up the hill with a bear claw souvenir. It was actually spotted by the USFS when their jet boat stopped at our camp to record the bear incident

Ready to launch 10:50am. Sherry did a good of cleaning up the insulation pieces from the beach, along with a fair amount of sand

Jet boat buzzes by in the Clay Hill Still

Exiting from the Still at 11:43am. Thankfully no extreme winds. The fire haze persists

The lattice rock

Approaching Foster Bar takeout 12:44pm. Derig fun in the smoky haze and drive home. For me this was Rogue trip #24 since 1990. Definitely the most eventful

Back home - mesh bag hole and bear claw hole in water bottle

Examining frame bends front and back

About an inch from level. Likely to leave as-is and call them battle wounds

USGS Flow at Grants Pass 09/24/2018 12:00 PDT 13.0C (55.4F) 1,050 CFS 1.20'

USGS Flow at Agness 09/24/2018 12:00 PDT 15.7C (60.3F) 1,590 CFS 2.52'

In case you were wondering who did the vehicle shuttle for us:
The Galice Resort
11744 Galice Road
Merlin, OR 97532
541-476-3818 or fax: 541-471-0188

  1. U.O.N., Olympus Stylus 770SW Digital Photography by William F. Smith (7.1 MP, 3072x2304 HQ, 3X optical 38-114mm)
  2. Via Dropbox - Thanks Anne Brindle and John Storman

Last Update 7-Oct-18