July 6, 2014 1 Comment
The 2014 inner tubing season began in the middle of June, then paused for some cooler weather, resurfacing towards the end of the month. It is hard to believe that this will mark my 50th summer of inner tubing. I have been fortunate to enjoy the waters of the Rogue River, an excellent river for inner tubing. The flow now is about twice what it was before Lost Creek Dam(2200 cfs at TouVelle State Park), and somewhat warmer(53-54 at Casey State Park, instead of 51). The test for low 50 temps. is to put your hand in the water. If it begins to burn from cold, temp. is low 50s. You can do the same thing with your feet. I usually test the water at TouVelle State Park, and if it’s warm enough, and the outside temp. is in the 70s, time to float. Incidentally, when I was a kid, I usually encountered low 50 water, but now, at 61, I’d just as soon avoid it!
Note: River has pushed to the right at TouVelle State Park, which means less water along the left bank. The river took out part of the “children’s dam”, and cut a new channel over soft rock to drop into main rapid on the right. Unfortunately, the two rocky channels below the bridge are still there, forcing tubers to the left, and then requiring them to cross two swift currents to get to shore. Chances are strong that tubers will be pushed downstream to second put-out among some thick under brush. My advice would be to get out just before the “children’s dam”. The wave on the right isn’t worth the ensuing hassle.
Greetings to inner tubers everywhere! It looks to be a wonderful season on the Rogue River. People generally tube from Casey State Park to TouVelle State Park. The run is exciting, but not dangerous, if you avoid strainers. Mostly Class 1 and 2. You could tube to below Gold Ray, but there is no easy put-out. Below that, waves become too large and irregular for inner tubers, and there are a few falls. However, you can tube from Gold Hill to Hog Creek(watch out for Twin Bridges Rapid Class 3, just before Valley of the Rogue State Park), if you have the desire, but much of the water from Grants Pass to Hog Creek is placid, and without action. Happy tubing!