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  • Rogue trouble spots prompt warning

  • Jackson County marine deputies are warning rafters and inflatable kayak users of three new navigational hazards along the upper Rogue River that have given casual boaters trouble this season.
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  • Jackson County marine deputies are warning rafters and inflatable kayak users of three new navigational hazards along the upper Rogue River that have given casual boaters trouble this season.
    The worst is a 160-foot-long fir tree with a 6-foot-tall root wad that fell into the river upstream of Shady Cove, according to the marine patrol. The current flowing into it has whisked several kayaks and other less-maneuverable boats into it this season.
    The marine patrol plans to hire a contractor in hopes of cutting out the hazard before this weekend's boaters make the trip from the Hatchery Hole to Shady Cove.
    The other problem areas are above the Twin Bridges area upstream of Shady Cove and on the stretch between TouVelle State Park and the mouth of Bear Creek, according to marine deputies. However, there is enough room for most boaters to maneuver safely around these hazards, marine deputies say.
    The Oregon State Marine Board keeps a Web page with updated information on navigational hazards that have been reported statewide. See that page at www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/safety/navigation_hazards.aspx.
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