Hey all, I swung by Gold Ray Dam this afternoon and took some pictures. This will provide a different view than what you see on the webcam. I also talked to one of the crewmen working at the site. In short they plan to have the rest of the dam removed to the coffer dam on Friday. They'll also extend out the cofferdam up river to join up with the upper portion of Kelly's Slew. Sometime next Tuesday they will breach the coffer dam sending the Rogue first through Kelly's Slew which will feed into the original river channel. This will expose the bedrock on the north side which they say is several feet higher than the South side. This will save them from building a whole new coffer dam for the North side when they take out the remaining dam and fish ladder.
One of the original Gold Ray dam built in the early 1900s. This dam does extend to the other side of the river and is made out of logs, rock and cement.
The most time consuming part is removing the base of Gold Ray dam from the bed rock. There is a ton of re-bar in here and you don't want any left behind. Steel re-bar and aluminum boats don't mix.
At the cofferdam joint the plan is to extend it up river and cut of Kelly's Slew, when they breach the dam, it will direct the river through Kelly's slew and hopefully expose the bed rock that is on the North side of Gold Ray dam.
All the rock being removed right now is being kept on site to use for further building the cofferdam. It will all be taken out when all the dams and fish ladder have been taken out. This is saving them time and money for transporting rock.
This old dam was much more robust than was originally thought.
When they started the crew was under the impression it was just logs and loose rock, when in fact it was filled in with concrete.
Yep Gold Ray Dam is hallow. The concrete wall is only 18" thick.
Those last two sections of the dam will be taken out by Friday.
This will be the side that the Rogue will run though, leaving just bedrock on the other side. Hopefully they go through with a plan to put in a park and new boat ramp just up river from this site.
I plan to be there at the site when they breach the cofferdam and will post pictures when I take them.