Umpqua National Forest

Quick Facts

Umpqua National Forest


(541) 672-6601


Things To Do


High Cascades glaciation, whitewater rapids and explosive volcanic events have shaped the spectacular scenery and abundant natural resources of the Umpqua National Forest.The lands were included as part of the Cascade Forest Reserve in 1893. In 1908, Congress designated close to a million acres as the Umpqua National Forest.

The headwaters of the North and South Umpqua rivers and Row River begin on the Forest. Verdant stands of hemlock, true fir, Douglas-fir and cedar transition to lower elevation forests of mixed conifers and hardwoods. The waterways and diverse landscapes of the Forest create desirable habitat for many species of fish and wildlife in addition to providing outstanding recreational opportunities for local communities and visitors.

What does "Umpqua" mean? "Thundering waters" or "across the waters" are two popular translations for this surviving word of the Umpqua language. Another definition is "satisfied" -- as in a full stomach.

Ancestors of the Umpqua, Southern Molalla, Yoncalla, and Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians lived here before Mt. Mazama erupted forming Crater Lake nearly 7,000 years ago. The Indians were moved to reservations in 1856. As Europeans bought reservation lands, the tribes further fragmented to become farmers and ranchers in the Umpqua Valley.

Map of Umpqua Nat'l Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 43.427386, -122.448354



  • Bicycling

    Mountain biking permitted in the Umpqua National Forest. Outfitters and guides also available.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Designated scenic drives through and near the Umpqua National Forest offer a spectacular taste of the natural, scenic, recreational, and historic diversity of the area. They are gateways to adventure where friends and family meet. From thundering waterfalls to still mountain lakes, water is the essence of the Umpqua National Forest. These distinctive routes showcase natural settings for recreation, and connect visitors with other significant features and destinations.

  • Camping

    Umpqua National Forest hosts 5 rental cabins and 57 campgrounds with 800 total campsites.

  • Fishing

    The Umpqua National Forest provides an endless number of fishing opportunities for the experienced and beginning angler. Beautiful rivers and streams, high elevation lakes, reservoirs, and small ponds offer just about every setting one could ask for to relax and fish, or just enjoy the magnificent scenery.

  • Hiking

    Umpqua National Forest hosts many hiking trails. Please contact your local Ranger District Office to report any trails in need of maintenance (i.e. downed logs across the trail, or any hazardous conditions). Please supply trail name/number with specific area location (GPS data welcome!).

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding permitted in the Forest.

  • Hunting

    The Wilderness is home to many game animals, including deer and elk, and to many fish, such as the various species of trout. State of Oregon licenses are required for hunting and fishing in the area.

  • Picnicking

    Discover the Rogue-Umpqua National Scenic Byway, a stunning 172-mile drive along the North Umpqua and Upper Rogue Wild & Scenic Rivers to their headwaters in the heart of the Southern Cascades.

    The drive owes its dramatic scenery and incredible landscapes to a fiery volcanic past. From rolling hills to 9,000 foot peaks, from whitewater rivers to cascade lakes, this travel-way abounds with natural beauty. Make this drive your next picnic location!

Phone Numbers


(541) 672-6601