Thundering Waters - Oregon Cascade Falls User Guide
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Bureau of Land ManagementUnited States Forest Service
Deadline Falls
Type of Falls: Block Trail Length: 0.25 mile - Rating: Easy

Deadline Falls is a short but massive falls on the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River. Between May and October, anadromous (sea-run) steelhead and salmon may be observed jumping up the powerful falls on their journey from the ocean to spawn in the tributary waters of the Cascade Mountains. A 100-foot side trail to the Deadline Falls Watchable Wildlife Site is located a quarter-mile up the North Umpqua Trail from the beginning of the Tioga Segment at the Swiftwater Trailhead. It is accessible to people with disabilities, and popular with seniors and families with young children.


At milepost 22.1 on Hwy. 138, turn south crossing Swiftwater bridge, then immediately turn left into trailhead parking area. This area is the western-most end of the 79-mile North Umpqua Trail.

Nearby Attractions

Swiftwater Day-Use Area, Swiftwater County Park, Rock Creek Fish Hatchery, Susan Creek Campground. Managed by Roseburg District BLM

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Deadline Falls
Spawning Salmon - Photo credit: Gregg Morgan

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