Park Study Conducted on Rogue River

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GOLD HILL, Ore. — A project to develop a world-class whitewater park on the Rogue River at Gold Hill is moving a step forward this week.

A team of volunteers, and scientists from a Corvallis company called river design group are mapping the bottom of the Rogue River in an area often called the “powerhouse rapids.”

It’s an area that has long been popular with kayakers and rafters. Now, enthusiasts are hoping that it can become a destination for even more people seeking a whitewater thrill.

“We’re mapping the river bottom to create what should be the best white water park in America. It’s an environmentally friendly magnet for all kinds of people to come play in the river,” said river park advocate Steve Kiesling.

Measurement are made using sonar and GPS to pinpoint specific water depths, which combined with known stream flows, will give planners an idea what conditions rafters and kayakers could face.

Kiesling hopes to have some of the facilities opened by next summer for the Second Annual King of the Rogue Race in August.