ROGUE RIVER, Ore. (AP) -- A portion of the Rogue River is set to return to its free-flowing state for the first time in almost nine decades.

Construction crews are opening the radial gates at the base of what's left of the Savage Rapids Dam and starting to drain the reservoir.

The Federal Bureau of Reclamation says the action will allow a new channel to be cut down the river's north side, allowing Rogue salmon to pass freely at the Jackson-Josephine county line for the first time since 1921.

The race to see who's the first to paddle a boat through the new Savage Rapids will likely begin sometime next week.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/

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