Our Team​

Our goal is to create the best natural whitewater park in Oregon — and perhaps host the whitewater events for the 2028 Olympics. Our site has the length, water flow, and drop to rival or beat any other natural or artificial Olympic course that has been built. Our site also has easy access from both sides of the river, as well as easy access from Interstate 5 and the Jackson County International Airport. Most importantly, our project has Olympic and World Champion athletes and well as proven civic and business leaders who are determined to make it happen. Please join us to help make this grand goal come true.

Steve Kiesling

Lifelong paddler, Yale/Olympic rower, and founder of the Ashland Rowing Club and the Kiesling Family Playground, Steve wrote The Shell Game and co-authored The Nike Cross Training System. His day job is editor-in-chief of Spirituality & Health magazine. Steve lives at Ti'lomikh Falls.

Andy Baxter

Won the Masters World Championships in rowing and was a competitor at the 2008 Olympic Trials. He is also an avid whitewater rafter. He is the owner of Baxter Fitness Solution, and is expert in creating world class training programs.

Oliver Fix

1996 Olympic Gold Medalist for whitewater slalom kayaking who coached the British Olympic Team to Silver & Bronze medals in 2004. Oliver recently opened a new restaurant, Ostras! Tapas & Bottleshop on the Ashland plaza. He is married to Costa Rican Olympic paddler Gilda Fix.

Mary Bemis Kiesling

An expert on health and wellness who created two national magazines: American Spa and Organic Spa. She is editorial director of Insidersguidetospas.com and a founder of the Washington Spa Alliance. Married to Steve Kiesling, Mary lives at Ti'lomikh Falls.


The project has received grants from The State of Oregon, The City of Gold Hill; the Oregon Community Foundation, The Rogue River Greenway Foundation, and The Dishman Family Foundation and Gold Hill Can Do! The project has letters of support from the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, The City of Gold Hill, SOREDI, USA Canoe/Kayak; and Travel Medford. It has received support from many businesses including Sawyer Paddles & Oars; SOTAR Rafts; Rogue Rafting Company;  Hilton Fuel, Ken Brown Construction, Caldera Brewing Company; REI, and many others.

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