Lower Water Means More Rocks And Time To Maneuver In An Inner Tube

The Rogue River continues to drop, and more rocks are appearing, especially in bars.  There is one spot right above Dodge Bridge where any lower water might mean getting out on the left side of the right channel and walking.  The deepest water in the right channel is on the right, but slams into a tree.  The safe way to take this rapid is to pass to the left of a green tuft of island at the top of the right channel, and then make a sharp right turn, catching the eddy of the ensuing bar.  The eddy should hold you, so that you can float down the center and avoid the overhanging bush at the bottom right.  This means going over a rock bar, so lift yourself up in your tube.  What follows are a series of playful, splashy waves and one more bar before you reach the Dodge Bridge on ramp.  Always wear a flotation device.  Look out for trees and rocks.  And have fun on the river!

Back To The Rogue River

It’s the end of June, and I’m back to the Rogue River.  Water flow is high, over 3,000 cfs coming from the Dam, and near Tou Velle about 3500 cfs.  The weather has been erratic with a few warm days offset by cooler, rainy ones.  I think tubing season is probably one to two weeks away.  The water is still quite cold, about 51-52 at Takelma Park.  I prefer a flow of 53+, so I don’t feel the stinging sensation that comes from cold water.  I offer a few photos of the river and the surrounding flowers near my home and Dodge Bridge.      

Rocks And More Rocks

Rocks and more rocks are what tubers can expect as the river drops daily.   Rattlesnake Rapid about 1 1/2  mi. below Dodge Bridge reveals some sharp ledge rock, which makes maneuvering difficult.  Getting in at TouVelle Park is tricky with a series of sand bars and rocks.  The current is not as strong as earlier, but tubers need to be aware of the hazards in the river as the season comes to a close.  Photo of Rogue River at Upper TouVelle Park.

A Great Summer For Inner Tubing The Upper Rogue

This is truly a great summer for inner tubing the Upper Rogue River.  Flows are above 3,000 cfs, which insure high waves, and less exposed boulders.  However, there are some strainers and forceful currents.  Inner tubers need to be cautious and be sure they are seated properly in the tube for balance.  When passing through Horseshoe Falls below Dodge Bridge, you need to grip the tube firmly to avoid capsizing.  Remember that a tube can only take a curler of a certain height.  If the curler exceeds that height, the tuber will be flipped over.  Most waves are not serious and a lot of fun.  Enjoy yourself on the river!  Photo of Rogue River at Shady Cove Park.

Inner Tubing Season Begins In Southern Oregon

The weather has finally warmed up to the point where inner tubing is possible on the Rogue River.  The Rogue River between Casey State Park and Tou Velle State Park offers great whitewater for inner tubing.  There are several Class II rapids with a few Class II+ and a Class III-.  Strainers can be a problem, and there are several waves that can flip a tube.  Best stretches are from Casey State Park to Rogue Elk Park, and from Dodge Bridge to Black Oaks.  The latter stretch includes Horseshoe Falls Class II+, and Rattlesnake Rapid Class III-.  The photo below is Takelma Park Riffle at about 4,000cfs.IMG_0114