This map shows the parking lot (installed), the whitewater features in the channel called Mugger's Alley (designed), and the eventual placement of Grandma Aggie's Dragonfly Bridge for the Rogue River Greenway Bike Path.
Gold Hill Whitewater Center Goals
Ti'lomikh Falls Overview
The Rogue divides into 3 channels at Ti'lomikh Falls: Grandma's Run, Powerhouse, and Mugger's Alley. The river modifications will take place in Mugger's Alley (bottom right of the screen).
Mugger's Alley has the length, water flow, and vertical drop of an Olympic slalom course. Right now it is too fast and too dangerous for serious slalom training.
Plan for Muggers Alley
All Modification Will Look Natural
To create the whitewater features of the park, we will match the existing rock with concrete Faux Rock that will appear completely natural. This faux rock is on the 1996 Olympic course. That course has never needed repairs.
Mugger's Rock is Potentially Lethal
During the mapping of the river bottom in Mugger's Alley, a raft was trapped. No one was hurt, but this is a serious hazard that will be replaced with a safer and more exciting feature.
Olympic Class Slalom Course
One goal for the modifications to Mugger's Alley is an Olympic class slalom course for training athletes (and great inner tubing!) It will be both safer, more challenging, and more fun.
Plus A Wave for Freestyle!
Great waves are rare, hard to build, and hard to gets permits for (because they have the most potential impact on fish passage.) We're designing at least one great wave that the salmon will love.
Is it OK to Modify The Rogue?
Mugger's Alley may not be a natural channel. It may have been a diversion channel dug by miners to dewater the main channel in the search for gold.
Reshaping Ti'lomikh Falls
We do know that Ti'lomikh Falls was "Ground Zero" for mining. The cliffs on the east bank of the river were cut by water cannons.
Ti'lomikh Modified for Hydropower
The west bank of Ti'lomikh Falls was blasted for a series of dams from the 1890's to the 1940's.
Recent Work at Ti'lomikh Falls
In 2004, Ti'lomikh Falls was blasted yet again to install a water intake for the City of Gold Hill before the Gold Hill diversion dam could be removed.
Gold Hill Dam Removal 2008
We had hoped to build the Whitewater Park in 2008, when the Gold Hill Diversion Dam was being removed. But that was not possible. The project is finally taking shape.
Tour the Site
To visit the park, take Exit 40 off interstate 5 and follow the signs to Ti'lomikh Falls installed by ODOT. The parking lot and the park are open.
"King of the Rogue July 9 2016"
Visit the park July 9 for the Ultimate Whitewater Challenge: Fishing, Kayaking, rafting and SUP at Ti'lomikh Falls.
the Best Natural Whitewater Park in the USA!
Ti'lomihk Falls, Rogue River,
Gold Hill, Oregon
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to read the captions.)
Restoring Ti'lomikh: Oregon's Original "Statue of Liberty"
Ti'lomikh Falls was a large Takelma Indian village and the site of the Salmon Ceremony, the largest Native American gathering in Southern Oregon. The Gold Hill Whitewater Center is working with Grandma Agnes Baker Pilgrm, the oldest living Takelma, and the City of Gold Hill to develop a First Nations Monument and to create a statewide First Nations Day.
Saturday, July 9th
Support Gold Hill Whitewater Center with the ULTIMATE WHITEWATER CHALLENGE. It begins with a fishing derby, followed by raft, kayak and SUP races for the bragging rights of being the KING of the Rogue!
New this year is a QUEEN OF THE ROGUE throne and growler from REI, plus other cool prizes!
Now funded by the state and the Oregon Community Foundation, the whitewater design process began in Sept 2015 with Olympic Gold Medalist Oliver Fix, "King of the Rogue" Covey Baack, and Olympic slalom course designers Rick McLaughlin and John Anderson. Now we have the first set of designs and are working through the permitting process.
We need help this summer with the King of the Rogue, implementing Phase 1 of our Riparian Trails Plan (along the parking lot), and measuring the water velocities in Mugger's Alley to make sure our whitewater features improve fish passage. Also we're helping to build a First Nations monument to help Grandma Aggie with her drive to make the 2nd Monday in October the official First Nations Day in Oregon. To help, email Steve@goldhillwhitewater.org.
"Crazy Pete" Brings Sawyer Paddles & Oars to Gold Hill
Sawyer Paddles & Oars in Gold Hill
"Crazy Pete," President of Saywer Paddles & Oars and member of the Gold Hill White Water Center Team is bringing Sawyer to Gold Hill. Retail sales of paddles, oars and other river amenities will be available at the new Sawyer Station. (Located at the Gold Hill Gas Station)
The First Salmon Ceremony
On July 1, 2012, a team of Olympic athletes from the Gold Hill Whitewater Center brought Grandma Aggie by raft to the Story Chair. To see the new Oregon Public Broacasting video of the 2013 Salmon Ceremony - as well as Grandma's epic voyage - click on the picture.