The Rogue River is one of the premier rivers in the country due to the multi-day "wild" section of the Rogue that is on many boaters' bucket lists. Upstream of the famous wild section are several day runs including the Nugget-Powerhouse run near Gold Hill, Oregon.

Nugget-Powerhouse, named so because of the two biggest rapids in the run, is 5.5 mile stretch of mostly class II rapids with the two class IV namesake rapids, thrown in. This run is easily done in a couple of hours, and kayakers love it for its accessibility and easy shuttle. You can shorten this run by putting in just above Nugget or Ti'lomikh Falls. Whitewater enthusiasts tend to run these rapids multiple times. Ti'lomihk Falls is also the site of the King of the Rogue Race, which benefits the Gold Hill Whitewater Park.

Trip Highlights

Mile 0: Put-in below the former Gold Ray Dam site somewhere in a long section of flatwater next to the dirt road that follows the river.

Mile 3: A small rapid with concrete in it signifies that Nugget Rapid is coming up in less than a quarter mile.

Rapid with man-made debris just above Nugget Rapid

Rapid with man-made debris just above Nugget Rapid

Mile 3.2: Nugget Rapid (IV) has multiple channels. Most people run the multi-tiered drop on river left. This rapid can easily be scouted on the left.

Kayaking Nugget Rapid on the Rogue River

Kayaking Nugget Rapid on the Rogue River

Mile 4.6: Ti’lomikh Falls (Powerhouse) has 3 distinct lines. Mugger's Alley on the right, the main drop, and a kayak boof line on the left.

Tilomikh Falls on the Rogue River

Tilomikh Falls on the Rogue River | Photo by Indigo Creek Outfitters

Mile 5.6: Take-out at somewhere in or around the town of Gold Hill. There are several riverside parks to choose from.

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