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: 42.44052, -122.99829 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: 42.44932, -123.00595 Class I. Very simple rapid. 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: 42.45624, -123.00337 Class II. Read and Run Rapid, some fun and splashy waves!
Mile 1.58 – Surprise Rapid: 42.45956, -123.00519 Class II. Read and run rapid, fun wave train left of center
Mile 2.01 – Sam’s Creek: 42.46276, -123.01025. 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: 42.46147, -123.01452 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 : 42.45882, -123.02098 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: 42.45874, -123.02336 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, into a hole on the right side. This is a quick rapid, but generally work as hard as you can 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!
Mile 4.22 – Powerhouse / Ti’lomikh Falls Rapid: 42.44469, -123.04322. 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! Be sure to T up the big drop.
Mile 4.75 – Gold Hill Sports Park Take Out: 42.43735, -123.042 River Right. River Right Take-Out. There is a large parking lot and a well-paved road leading directly to the river, making this an easy take-out.