Tubing The Upper Rogue River, Part 2.

The stretch between Gold Hill Park and Riverside Park in Grants Pass include:  Boiler Riffle(just below Gold Hill Park), Patrick Riffle(below Gold Hill Beach), Twin Bridges Rapid(discussed in the previous post, and Clam Bed Riffle(just below Chinook Park).  Only Twin Bridges Rapid poses a real hazard, although there is a large wave at the bottom right of Boiler Riffle.  Savage Rapid has changed into a milder chute with several rocks.  Some older guide books discuss rapids between Riverside Park and Hog Creek, but as the river has flattened out over the years, the rapids have disappeared or changed into bars or mild drops.  A tuber looking for adventure on this stretch won’t find it.  The area from Hog Creek until Grave Creek Boat Landing includes the swirling eddies of Hellgate Canyon, Dunn Riffle, Argo Rapid and Chair Riffle, among others.  This portion of the Rogue has been meticulously researched and described by Michael L. Walker in his wonderful book, Handbook to the Rogue River’s Hog Creek Float.  Below Grave Creek, you need a commercial permit, and you would be bothered by jet boats and water that is too difficult for inner tubing.  Below are a few photos of Riverside Park.IMG_1316

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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