Recharged Lost Creek, Applegate reservoirs mean plenty of water for boating and fish

Recharged Lost Creek, Applegate reservoirs mean plenty of water for boating and fish

TRAIL — A wet winter and once-plentiful snowpack have recharged Jackson County's two reservoirs enough that both the Rogue and Applegate rivers head into summer with the first near-normal forecasted flows in three years.

The newly forged water-release strategies for Lost Creek and Applegate reservoirs boast flow levels that will help keep the Rogue high and cool for migrating chinook salmon while providing midsummer flows for river recreators and keeping Lost Creek Lake's...

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River-rat race

River-rat race

GOLD HILL — Pete Newport and his three rafting teammates have little trouble bombing down the Rogue River's Ti’lomikh Falls with the raft and crew remaining in the upright position.

But two teams in identical red, white and blue rafts bombing down the Class IV rapid as fast as they can? And at the same time?
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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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5 summer-end adventures

5 summer-end adventures

1. Crater Lake plunge

After a long, hot day of work, Shawn Reinhardt likes nothing better than a 20-foot jump off a rocky cliff into his favorite swimming hole, butterflies in his belly and all.

"No matter how many times I've done it, there's always a little anxiety," Reinhardt says. "It definitely takes a little bit of courage.

"But you don't have to worry about hitting the bottom," he says.

Hitting bottom is never a concern when you're swimming in...

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Afternoon fishing closure lifted on Rogue River

Afternoon salmon and steelhead anglers returned to most of the Rogue River Thursday when an emergency fishing closure triggered by the drought was lifted after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started dumping more water into the river.

At the request of state fish biologists, the Corps increased outflows from Lost Creek Lake into the upper Rogue by 16 percent, enough to exempt a 120-mile section of the Rogue from the 2 p.m. statewide fishing closure enacted July 17.

The higher,...

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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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