Umpqua River Recreation Area

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Umpqua River Recreation Area

Oregon

(541) 440-4930

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Overview

Whether fishing, white water rafting, hiking, camping, mountain biking, or scenic driving you'll find it on the Umpqua River. A haven for recreational activities for the whole family. With the many waterfalls and hiking trails this is truly a recreational paradise. The North Umpqua River corridor begins 22 miles east of Roseburg on State Highway 138. The North Umpqua Scenic Byway offers breathtaking views and outstanding scenery and a variety of recreational activities including world class fly-fishing, whitewater rafting and kayaking, hiking, scenic waterfalls, mountain biking, horseback riding, watchable wildlife, and many camping opportunities. This truly distinctive canyon landscape is generally characterized by the combination of clear jade-green rushing water, vertical rock cliffs and spires within a mosaic of mountain meadows and Douglas-fir/western hemlock forests. Adding to the natural scenic quality of the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic Corridor, are the locations of numerous prominent geologic features of columnar basalt, large basalt rock cliffs, boulders and spires which are currently managed as the Umpqua Rocks Special Geologic Area. Few river systems in the region expose as much of the volcanic and geologic history of the formation of the Cascades in one nearly straight, east-west direction. In 1988, Congress designated 33.8 miles of the North Umpqua River as a Wild and Scenic River with a "recreation" classification. It begins at the confluence of Rock Creek (rivermile 35.5) near Swiftwater Bridge and ends at Soda Springs (rivermile 69.3).

Map of Umpqua River Rec. Area

Latitude, Longitude: 43.296699, -123.103180

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Activities

  • Boating

    The area is readily accessible to a broad segment of the population and provides a variety of river-related recreational opportunities one of which is non-motorized boating activities.

  • Bicycling

    The corridor route (Highway 138) serves as the primary access to Diamond Lake Recreation Area and Crater Lake National Park. Visitors from all over the world travel through the North Umpqua River Corridor to enjoy these major destination attractions. This highway has received both national and regional recognition for its exceptional scenic quality and accessibility to a myriad of recreational and interpretive opportunities. There are miles of trails for mountain biking.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The corridor route (Highway 138) serves as the primary access to Diamond Lake Recreation Area and Crater Lake National Park. Visitors from all over the world travel through the North Umpqua River Corridor to enjoy these major destination attractions. This highway has received both national and regional recognition for its exceptional scenic quality and accessibility to a myriad of recreational and interpretive opportunities. At Colliding Rivers Viewpoint, the swift, deep waters of the North Umpqua River funnel into a water chute and meet the rapids of sparkling Little River head-on. The viewpoint includes a newly constructed rest area and comfort station, plus several interpretive panels about the area. Located just off Highway #138 at Glide, 18 miles east of Roseburg and across the street from Colliding Rivers Visitors Center. Continue your Self-Guided Scenic Tour following Highway #138 east to Crater Lake through some of the most spectacularly beautiful country in the Land of Umpqua.

  • Camping

    Developed and dispersed camping is available.

  • Fishing

    Historically, the combination of large summer run steelhead, fly-angling only restriction, and majestic scenery has drawn anglers from all over the world. The river serves as needed habitat for a variety of resident and anadromous fish species including summer and winter steelhead, fall and spring Chinook, Coho and sea-run cutthroat trout, and is distinguished from other rivers by the large and consistent numbers of native (non-hatchery) fish in the run. The North Umpqua summer steelhead fishery is considered to be one of the most outstanding on the West Coast. Of historical interest is the Steamboat area within the North Umpqua River Corridor. Visitors were initially drawn to the area because of the excellent fishing. The first known fish camp constructed on the river in the 1920's was located in this vicinity.

  • Hiking

    There are miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking, bird watching, horseback riding, and more!

  • Hunting

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking along the river is a wonderful way to enjoy this beautiful river.

  • Water Sports

    The North Umpqua River sustains a dependable flow of high quality water. Several components combine to produce the high water quality of the river. These attributes are: low turbidity (except during peak flow periods), low levels of contaminants and pollutants, cool water temperatures, and stable minimum in stream flows. The water quality and quantity of the North Umpqua River is the foundation for the other outstandingly remarkable values. The North Umpqua River produces a steady flow sufficient for both recreational uses and the maintenance of fish and aquatic life.

Seasonality/Weather

Open year round.

Directions

Driving

The North Umpqua River corridor begins 22 miles east of Roseburg on State Highway 138 in Glide, Oregon.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(541) 440-4930

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