More On The Highway Rapid

My Dad recalls the Highway Rapid: “The real problem was you would come down in a westerly direction, and the whole river would slam into the bank of the highway and then make a right angle turn. The force of the river would actually pin boats against the bank, and many of the guides would just pull the boat around.  Where it made its major right angle turn there were large boulders to dodge, and the river was very swift.  The waves were very high, and the river would smash into the bank,and create crazy currents.  The guide told my father and I to get out, and he would pick us up below.  He rowed a wooden boat right through, but some of the guides just roped their boats through there.  Below that rapid you came to the Ditsworth’s place, and I used to fish for steelhead in there.

Highway Rapid On Rogue River

Before the 1955 flood a notorious rapid called the Highway Rapid existed where the river slammed against the base of the highway.  My Dad recalls that guides in the 1930s let passengers out before navigating this treacherous rapid themselves.  Unfortunately, no photos appear to exist of this wild rapid.  If anyone has such a photo or knows how to obtain one I would be most grateful.