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