On May 14th, seven of us departed from the bridge at Grave Creek for a three-day float trip down the Wild & Scenic section of the Rogue River. My friend Tyler and I each brought our 14-foot oar boats; Bryan brought his kayak and Jayson Bowerman surprised us by showing up with his stand-up paddle board.
The first day of the Rogue brought exciting whitewater. Around milepost 2 is Rainie Falls, a healthy Class V waterfall that drops six feet. This falls was the crux of the first descent.
For those who follow river flows, the river gauge at Grants Pass was holding steady at 2,500 cubic feet per second when we put in at Grave Creek. That flow held fairly steady during our trip. This water level was moving fast enough to make for easy days on the water for experienced paddlers, high enough to cover up most of the rocks and exciting enough for any level of whitewater boater.
Repaired and fed, we continued down another nine miles to our camp at Horseshoe Bend. Bowerman continued paddling without much trouble. “I actually didn’t mind the performance of the board after the repair,” Bowerman later said. “The duct tape actually gave me a place to wedge my feet in the whitewater.”