Nugget Run – Class II & IV
The Nugget Run is a scenic section beginning at Fisher’s Ferry County Park Put-In, to Gold Hill Park Take-Out. It begins with calm Class I water, and increases in difficulty until the Class IV Powerhouse / Ti’lomikh Falls Rapid finale. Lots of wildlife to be seen in this section so be sure to keep your head on a swivel for Bald Eagles, Osprey and other avian friends.
Mile 0.0 – Fisher’s Ferry County Park Put-in: River Left. On River Left, after driving along a decent quality dirt road, you’ll arrive to a large concrete boat ramp. There may be commercial trips launching here on most summer days. Watch out for Poison Oak here.
Mile 0.82 – Romeo Riffle: Class I. Romeo Riffle is a straightforward rapid, but at lower flows the river splits around a shallow section, where you could get stuck. Go left or right for this easy rapid.
Mile 1.33 – The Squeeze Rapid: Class II. Read-and-run rapid, some fun and splashy waves.
Mile 1.58 – Surprise Rapid: Class II. Read-and-run rapid, fun wave train left of center.
Mile 2.01 – Sam’s Creek: River Right. Sam’s Creek enters the Rogue River from river right. Just downstream is Lyman’s Surf Wave.
Mile 2.20 – Lyman’s Surf Wave: Class II. Surf wave on river right . There’s a large eddy to catch on river right. Mellow but splashy fun if you can catch this wave.
Mile 2.61 – Son of Nugget Rapid: Class II. Not really much of a rapid, but big indicator that you’ve arrived to Nugget Falls Rapid. Stay right here to avoid the man-made wall blocking off the left channel.
Mile 2.73 – Nugget Falls Rapid: Class IV. After dodging boulders for the Class II entrance of this rapid, work your way to river left. The current is pushed into a narrow chute, with a left lateral coming off the left wall then into a sizable hole on the right side. This is a quick rapid – work hard to stay left. At lower flows, a pourover called the Monkey’s Fist shows up. Going over this is considered a success, and will keep you left of the wave downstream, but it has been known to launch a guide or two. Learn more about Nugget Falls Rapid.
Mile 4.22 – Powerhouse / Ti’lomikh Falls Rapid: Class IV. Enter river right through a small channel. Once channel joins main current, work your way hard to river left (you may have to upstream ferry) to the Class IV section of Powerhouse. Enter this, and stay right once in the current, and bounce your way through some waves until the big drop. Learn more about Powerhouse Rapid.
Mile 4.62 – Gold Hill Powerhouse: River Right. On the right-hand side, after passing through Ti’lomikh Falls, you will pass the old Gold Hill Powerhouse, which became defunct after the removal of the Gold Hill Dam in 2008.
Mile 4.75 – Gold Hill Sports Park Take Out: River Right. There is a large parking lot and a well-paved road leading directly to the river, making this an easy take-out.