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November 7, 2013

Will a little dynamite and fake boulders make Rogue River a whitewater haven?

  • Proponents say with some remodeling, a gnarly rapid known as Mugger's Alley could draw kayakers from around the world to play — and even train for the Olympics.
    Medford Mail Tribune

    AP Photo/The Medford Mail Tribune, Bob Pennell [enlarge]
    Pete Gruendike of River Design Group, left, and Covey Baack of Gold Hill move one of the gates from the slalom course as they map the bottom of the Rogue River. Course designers are seeing what structures are in the rapids now and where they’d like to add or remove rock.

    GOLD HILL, Ore. — Rafters and kayakers know this gnarly and dangerous Rogue River whitewater rapid as Mugger's Alley, and its main feature — Mugger's Rock— for a reason.

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