The Rapid Below Tucker’s

The rapid below Tucker’s was another formidable obstacle for boaters before the 1964 flood.  It began as a shallow bar, which forced boaters into a deeper channel on the far left.  As the rapid progressed, boaters had to move quickly to the right to avoid some boulders with sharp drops.  Then the bar flowing from right to left and the left drops formed steep waves, and the river went straight over an enormous hole, which had to be avoided or you would capsize.  This was definitely a rapid I would never have considered inner tubing.  However, after the 1964 flood the river widened and the steep drop was gone.  There were still some large waves, but there was no danger.  I inner tubed the post 1964 flood lower Tucker’s rapid many times without any difficulty.  When the river flowed past lower Tucker’s rapid, it left its canyon environment and spread out into numerous bars.  The change was quite dramatic.  It revealed one of the finest steelhead fishing spots on the Upper Rogue.  It was also not uncommon to see salmon spawning in August.

The reader might ask where the name Tucker came from.  Nion and Phyllis Tucker had purchased the property adjoining the rapid from Walter Bowne in the 1930s.  Rogue’s Roost, which is what the Tucker’s called their summer home(their home was in Burlingame California) was truly something to see.  It boasted a swimming pool, a large vegetable garden and it was surrounded by magnificent trees.

About Robert M. Weiss
From an early age, I've taken great pleasure in reading. Also, I learned to play my 78 player when I was quite young, and enjoyed listening to musicals and classical music. I remember sitting on the floor, and following the text and pictures of record readers, which were popular in the 1940s and 50s. My favorites were the Bozo and Disney albums. I also enjoyed watching the slow spinning of 16s as they spun out tales of adventure. I have always been attracted by rivers, and I love to sit on a boulder with my feet in the water, gazing into the mysteries of swirling currents. I especially like inner tubing on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon. Since my early youth, I've been interested in collecting minerals, which have taught me about the wonderful possibilities in colors and forms. Sometimes I try to imagine what the ancient Greeks must have felt when they began to discover physical laws in nature. I also remember that I had a special passion for numbers, and used to construct them out of stones. After teaching Russian for several years, I became a writer, interviewer, editor, and translator. I continue to delight in form, and am a problem solver at heart.

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