Mapping Muggers Alley

Mapping Muggers Alley

GOLD HILL — Rafting guide Covey Baack normally makes his living floating Rogue River rapids while avoiding the rocks, but this time he's intentionally getting himself stuck in ominously named Muggers Alley.

Technician Travis Forsman leans perilously forward out of the raft, jabbing a GPS transmitter into the rapid, feeling for the bottom to get an accurate altitude reading.

"Right now the plan is to get close to the rocks, real close," says Baack, of Gold Hill.

This.....

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Day Trippin': Upper Klamath Canoe Trail is a fall natural

Day Trippin': Upper Klamath Canoe Trail is a fall natural

Editor's Note: Day Trippin' is a recurring feature that gives readers a chance to play tour guide and tell us about a nearby getaway.

If you want to combine a nature outing with an upper body workout — or if you haven’t been in a canoe or kayak for months or years — you might consider taking to the 9.5-mile Upper Klamath Canoe Trail.

This is a good time of the year, with the leaves turning color, to make the 53-mile, 65-minute drive.....

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Rogue flows won't increase until salmon move

Rafters, jetboaters and anglers will have to wait until the Rogue River's fall chinook salmon start migrating upstream en masse before they see a rise in river flows that have been lowered by drought.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife researchers pulling a seine through the Rogue at Huntley Park upstream of Gold Beach Monday captured just one fall chinook, keeping ODFW from pulling the trigger on a scheduled water increase. If they had found more chinook during their survey,...

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Proposed Gold Hill whitewater park gets $90,000 for engineering study

Proposed Gold Hill whitewater park gets $90,000 for engineering study

GOLD HILL — Backers floating a proposed world-class whitewater park in Gold Hill hope to turn their ideas into actual designs this fall as they begin crafting where and how to add whitewater features to a Rogue River rapid near city limits.

The Gold Hill Whitewater Park took a big step closer to reality this week when the Oregon Legislature agreed to give organizers $90,000 toward an engineering study needed to design how to transform the former Powerhouse Rapids stretch into a.....

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Paddling the globe

Paddling the globe

Extreme kayaker Chris Korbulic rips off his destinations in the last two years — Russia, New Guinea, Patagonia, Norway, Nepal, Labrador — like running down a grocery list.

It's becoming routine for Korbulic to plunge off waterfalls in far-flung, remote outposts, etching his place in the pantheon of the world's top thrill-seekers.

The 2004 Grants Pass High School graduate is a full-time extreme kayaker, earning a living from sponsors that include clothing giant Eddie....

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Rafters speed down the rampaging Rogue River

Will Volpert, Aaron Lieberman and Hunter Connolly say they're not crazy. They just wanted to experience the full force of the Rogue River, which raged at flood stage by the time they got done with their 4 1/2-hour express raft trip Saturday afternoon at Foster Bar near Agness.

It's typically a two- or three-day excursion in summer, covering 35 miles.

They even arrived before their shuttle driver, as they careened down the mocha-colored, frothing, log-laden mess of a...

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Surf City

Surf City

As last week's warm rains pounded Southern Oregon, Medford's Ryan Allred and his gonzo kayak buddies of yore kept a close eye on the Bear Creek stream gauges to see whether Medford would once again turn into Surf City.

The normally staid and largely polluted creek is usually not much of an attraction for world-class kayakers, whose main obstacles are drowned shopping carts and escaping without a case of Hepatitis C.

But when the water roars like it did Saturday, Bear Creek's...

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