Gold Ray Dam breaches and the Rogue runs free!

The Gold Ray Dam on the Rogue River has been in the process of a historic removal since early summer.  On Wednesday August 11th, the coffer dam that was built to divert the river for dam removal was breached sending all of the Rogue River and the back waters of Kelly Slough downstream.  The river breached at about 11:30am and rose about 6 feet in a matter of minutes.  Muddy water, logs and debris were sent rapidly downstream, luckily without injury to rafters and anglers.  This is the first time that the Rogue has run freely through this section of river in the last 107 years!!!

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