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Rogue River, road closures announced for Boatnik events

2019 Boatnik races mean that areas of the river will be closed during certain times through this weekend.

Posted: May 22, 2019 12:11 PM
Updated: May 25, 2019 7:04 AM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Parts of the Rogue River and certain roads will be intermittently closed this weekend for the 2019 Boatnik races and festivities, according to the Josephine County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) and the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS).

On Saturday, May 25, 6th Street will be closed to all vehicle traffic — with the exception of parade entrants — between A Street and the Rogue River. The road closure lasts from 8 a.m. until the parade ends around 1 p.m.

"During the parade, traffic will be diverted from 6th Street at A Street to Beacon, then onto the Grants Pass Parkway. Traffic can then divert to I-5 or onto the Parkway," GPDPS said.

The Caveman Bridge will also be closed to vehicles during the parade. Anyone needing to travel south of the Rogue will need to leave earlier or use the Grants Pass Parkway Bridge.

There will also be no parking between midnight Friday night and the end of the parade on Saturday on 6th Street just north of A Street to the Caveman Bridge, and on Voorhies between 6th and 7th streets. East Park Street will be closed to traffic until Monday night, and Baker Park will be closed to both traffic and public boat launching.

GPDPS also said that dogs are "discouraged" along the parade route, and only service dogs are allowed into Riverside Park during Boatnik.

"Parade Attendees should stand/sit no closer to the parade than immediately adjacent to the curb within the parking stalls on 6th Street. This will ensure the safety of the attendees, keep pedestrians out of the roadway and allow everyone to see the parade from a good vantage point," the agency said.

On the Rogue River itself, all spectators will have to remain off the water during the races until they are over — staying 50 feet from the waterway "at all times."

"Movement on the water is Restricted to Race, Law Enforcement, Rescue and Authorized Race Officials during the closures," JCSO said. "Private boats are not allowed to assist with crash/rescue operations and will actually pose a greater risk to themselves and the race participants if they enter the closed area during the race event."

Boats can stay anchored on the shoreline as long as race officials and law enforcement deems it safe. However, all boaters are advised to be off the water at least one hour prior to the start of the race.

"Any unauthorized boat on the water during the closure may be cited for Reckless or Unsafe Operation (ORS 830.315 & 305 / $421.00). Law Enforcement will be patrolling the waterways during the race events," JCSO said.

Read all of the river closures below:

  • Starting Friday May 24th, 2019 at 6:30pm the Rogue River from Baker Park to Riverside Park will be closed until Monday, May 27th at 3:00pm due to race events.
  • Friday May 24th, 2019 the Rogue River from Baker Park to Park Riffle will be CLOSED during race events scheduled from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
  • Saturday May 25th, 2019 the Rogue River from Baker Park to Park Riffle will be CLOSED during race events scheduled from 11:00am to 6:00pm.
  • Sunday May 26th, 2019 the Rogue River from Baker Park to Park Riffle will be CLOSED during race events scheduled from 8:30am to 6:00pm.
  • Monday May 27th, 2019 the Rogue River from Baker Park to Robertson Bridge will be CLOSED during race events scheduled from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.

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