How high are the rapids ranked?
Rapids are classed on a scale from 1 to 6. The Wild and Scenic Rogue River includes rapids ranging from Class 1, 2, 3, and two Class 4 rapids that are easily walked around if preferred.
Class I (easy) – Moving water with small waves that can tug a boat. This is the calmest class, with minimal maneuvering required.
Class II (novice) – Easy rapids, with waves up to 3 ft tall that are easily seen, and wide channels. Some maneuvering required.
Class III (intermediate) – Offer plenty of excitement with waves up to 4 ft and narrow passages that send the boat shimmying and water gushing over it’s sides.
Class IV (advanced) – Long, difficult rapids, with turbulent water that requires precise maneuvering. Guaranteed to get your heart racing!
Class V (expert) – A constant adrenaline rush. You’ll see large waves, complex, gushing rapids, twisting and spinning.
Class VI (extreme) – Considered “un-runnable” and have rarely been attempted due to their difficulty, unpredictability and danger. This is the most dangerous class and should only be attempted by a team of experts.