Cow Creek Recreation Area

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Cow Creek Recreation Area


(541) 440-4930

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In Roseburg, you can climb a mountain, raft a river or catch a salmon in some of the most picturesque areas of the Pacific Northwest. Roseburg BLM manages the Cow Creek Recreation Area, which is nestled within a water wonderland crowned by the world famous Umpqua River, which offers a variety of recreational opportunities. Cow Creek itself is known for gold panning opportunities. The gentle climate creates limitless recreational opportunities among lush forests and cascading waterfalls. The lakes, rivers and reservoirs of Douglas County provide ample boating and fishing settings, especially on the beautiful North Umpqua, a river that's famous among fishermen. The North Umpqua offers fishing opportunities for trout, salmon, bass, and is one of the world's only rivers with a native run of summer steelhead.

Cow Creek Recreation Area itself is a gold panning area only. A 1,300 foot segment along the lower stem of Cow Creek is withdrawn from private mining claims to offer recreational gold panning opportunities to the public. This day-use area is located in the middle of the 45-mile Cow Creek Back Country Byway and includes a vault restroom, picnic tables and information board.

The Roseburg District BLM hosts seven nearby "first-come" campgrounds, two group reservation campgrounds, and a variety of day-use areas for picnicking, water play, raft launching, and wildlife viewing.

Map of Cow Creek Rec. Area

Latitude, Longitude: 42.868919, -123.581772



  • Boating

    Several nearby recreation sites (including Susan Creek and Tyee), which are maintained by the BLM offer non-motorized boating.

  • Bicycling

    The nearby North Bank Ranch Habitat Management Area offers a network of biking trails.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The Cow Creek road is a 45-mile BLM Back Country Byway and Oregon State Tour Route. Its two lane paved road between Riddle and Glendale parallels Cow Creek and the railroad. The operating railroad follows the original Oregon and California Rail Road Company grade built in 1869.

  • Camping

    The Roseburg District BLM hosts seven nearby "first-come" campgrounds and two group reservation campgrounds. Camp sites include Cavitt Creek, Eagleview, Rock Creek, Susan Creek Campground, and Tyee.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is abundant in the nearby creeks and rivers.

  • Hiking

    Roseburg BLM manages four nearby trail systems: the 79-mile North Umpqua Trail, Wolf Creek Falls Trail, Susan Creek Falls Trail, and a network of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails on the North Bank Ranch Habitat Management Area.

  • Horseback Riding

    The North Bank Ranch Habitat Management Area contains numerous horseback riding trails and is located near the Cow Creek Recreation area.

  • Hunting

    Contact the area for more information.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Contact the area for more information.

  • Picnicking

    A picnic area is located near the creek.

  • Water Sports

    BLM maintained sites offer ample swimming opportunities in the creeks near Cow Creek.



The gold panning area is located 21 miles southwest of Riddle on Cow Creek (BLM) Road 30-6-32.0 between mile markers 17 and 18.

Phone Numbers


(541) 440-4930