Originally Posted by boxcarC
Are the runs mainly river and bigger water or creeking style on the rogue?
The Rogue Valley/State of Jefferson is pretty much a class 3/4 heaven for boating, both creeking, river-running and playboating. The boating runs we do by season are:
mid summer until the rain starts; Lower Rogue class 3 overnight, NF Rogue class 3-4+ creeky, Upper Klamath river running class 4-4+, lower Klamath playspots schoolhouse & Bronco, Middle Rogue playrun class 2+to 4, N. Umpqua class 3, Upper McCloud scenic class 3 river-running, Trinity Burnt Ranch Gorge 4+ to 5-, All of these runs go 365 days a year.
When it starts to rain (late Oct-mid Nov) we head over to the Smith in N. Ca. for the great natural flows, water quality & warmer winter temps. The Smith has every kind of boating imaginable from class 5 creeks to class 2+ river runs to committing wilderness hike-ins and everything in between with the NF wilderness class 3/4 run being the must do run. If we get a warm rain in winter the options are in the many dozens of runs
Snowmelt season starts in late March and lasts until mid June, options are too many to list... most major watersheds will have anywhere from 2 to 12 runs going depending on the state of the melt. Being a class 4 boater my favs are; Box canyon on the Sac., overnight trip on the Illinois, Squaw Valley creek into the Lower McCloud, and on and on...
I have not done enough boating in the Willamette Valley but I have run Opal Creek a few times and I dare say that's the best class 4 in Oregon. For playboating I've run Lake Creek outside of Florence a bit too and it's gotta be the best playrun in the state or more likely one of the best anywhere.