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North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River
Getaways Close to Home > North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River Corridor (OR) 
Location
The corridor begins 23 miles east of Roseburg, Oregon, and extends 34 miles east to Soda Springs, Oregon.
 
Description
The beautiful North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River Corridor features world-class fly-fishing opportunities, exhilarating whitewater for rafters and kayakers, picture-postcard scenery, and a hiking and biking trail that follows the river for the entire length of the corridor and beyond. Barrier-free trails wind through the forest and provide views of migrating fish and soaring ospreys searching for food. At Deadline Falls Watchable Wildlife site, anadromous (sea run) fish may be viewed jumping falls as they return to spawn
during the summer months. Almost all of the wild and scenic section of the North Umpqua River (31 miles) is limited to fly-fishing only.
 
Directions
From Roseburg, travel 23 miles east on State Highway 138, through Glide, to the Swiftwater Recreation Site. Here, Rock Creek joins the North Umpqua River and the wild and scenic river corridor begins. From the North Umpqua Trailhead, an easy 0.25-mile trail leads to the Deadline Falls Watchable Wildlife viewing area.
 
Visitor Activities
Scenic drives, fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, geologic sightseeing, and picnicking.
 
Special Features
Anglers from all parts of the nation are lured to the emerald-green waters of the North Umpqua River for its seasonal runs of steelhead and salmon. These anadromous fish migrate upriver from the ocean to spawn in the tributary waters. The river rapids are rated from Class I–V, ranging from mild water to moderately short, but raging, rapids. Numerous geologic features are visible along the river, including columnar basalt, basalt cliffs, boulders, and spires.
 
Permits, Fees, Limitations
Dogs must be leashed and all pets must be controlled. Commercial river outfitters are required to have a special recreation use permit.
 
Accessibility
Many facilities and trails are wheelchair-accessible. The first 0.25 mile of the North Umpqua Trail is accessible all the way to Deadline Falls Watchable Wildlife Site. Several day-use areas, trails, and campgrounds are also accessible. Contact BLM for a full list.
 
Camping and Lodging
The 31-unit Susan Creek Day-Use Area and Campground (7 miles upriver on Highway 138) is open from May– October. A nightly fee is charged for camping at Susan Creek Campground (29.5 miles east of Roseburg on State Highway 138). Voluntary donations are accepted for showers. There is a 14-day limit. Additional campgrounds upriver are managed by the Umpqua National Forest and include Bogus Creek, Canton Creek, Island, Apple Creek, Horseshoe Bend, Eagle Rock, and Boulder Flat Campgrounds. Cabins are also available for rent on private lands within the corridor.
 
Food and Supplies
Convenience stores are located along State Highway 138, near or within the corridor. A broader selection of groceries and other items is available in Glide, approximately 6 miles west of the beginning of the corridor on State Highway 138. Full services and complete supplies are available in Roseburg.
 
First Aid
The Glide Rural Fire Department/Ambulance Service responds to 911 calls. Two hospitals are located in Roseburg. There are no first aid stations within the corridor.
 
Additional Information
The Swiftwater Recreation Site is a day-use area popular for steelhead and salmon fishing. An easy, 0.8-mile hike from the day-use area ends at moss-lined Susan Creek Falls. The difficulty of rapids of the North Umpqua River for rafts and kayaks is dependent primarily on water flow levels. Several rapids on the North Umpqua become more
difficult as the water level decreases because of exposed rocks and the currents around them.
   
Mountain biking should not be attempted during wet conditions because rutting can result in severe trail damage.
   
For information on current fishing regulations, visitors should contact the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife at (541) 440-3353.
 
Contact Information
BLM - Roseburg District Office
777 Northwest Garden Valley Blvd.
Roseburg, OR 97470
Tel: (541) 440-4930              

North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River Map


North Umpqua River Photo

The North Umpqua River flows through a distinctive canyon landscape of vertical rock cliffs and spires, within a mosaic of mountain meadows and Douglas fir and western hemlock forests. (Chuck Telford, BLM Roseburg District Office)


 
Last updated: 10-23-2009