Oregon is known as a year-round outdoor adventure mecca, but every once in a while a certain place distinguishes itself from the other thousands of hikes, trails and waterfalls. Once such place is the North Umpqua River, designated as a Wild and Scenic river by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Visit any time of year, especially in the warmer summer months, and you’re in for a treat. This tributary of the Umpqua River is a gem of a spot, located close to the city of Roseburg in Southern Oregon. Its stretch of 110 feet of sparkling-clear waters are surrounded by stunning forests of old-growth maple, cedar and Douglas fir.
The area has no less than eight campgrounds to choose from, many which give direct access to the river--a sure promise of summer swimming and paddling fun. They’re also all situated near the 79-mile North Umpqua Trail which offers great hiking, biking and horseback riding. Each campsite has its own charm and set of amenities, including fire pits, picnic tables and the like.
Other reasons for visiting the North Umpqua River area? It tops Pacific Northwest lists as a prime spot for fly fishing, especially for salmon and steelhead. There’s a great selection of mountain biking trails for the adventurous. Not to mention (if you need further convincing), the historic Steamboat Inn, perched on a bluff above the North Umpqua, offers tasty food, beautiful gardens, and local lore.
For a full list of campgrounds and recreational activities, check out the Roseburg Bureau of Land Management Recreation Guide here: http://on.doi.gov/1S0IIiG
There is also an interactive North Umpqua River Users Guide here: http://goo.gl/hLx5HI