The Falls of the North Umpqua River
From Highway 138 at Highway 97 west to Roseburg
Umpqua River Wild and Scenic Corridor:
A National Scenic Byway
journey through the Umpqua River Basin starts with 10 waterfalls
with a variety of picnic areas and hikes. There's something here
for all skills and abilities.
first stop will be at Lemolo Falls, a 102-foot Horsetail-style waterfall.
The word "lemolo" in Chinook language means "wild" or "untamed."
The walk to this fall is rated "most difficult" and is 1.7 miles
from the trailhead to the top of the falls.
From Lemolo Lodge - Turn off Highway 138 at mile post 72.8 and follow
Road 2610 for 5.2 miles to Lemolo Lodge. Cross over a dam to a fork
in the road. Take the left fork, Road 2610-600. Proceed a half mile,
turn left across the wooden bridge and park at the trailhead.
next waterfall to visit is Warm Spring Falls, a block-type falls
that drops more than 70 feet to a pool below. The trail leads to
the top of the falls because there is no access to the bottom of
the falls. This trail is rated as "easy."
mile post 72.8 on Hwy 138 turn north on Road 2610, going approximately
6 miles. After the dam turn left on Road 600, proceeding approximately
3 miles to Road 680. Turn left and proceed 1.7 miles to the beginning
of the Warm Springs Trail #1499.
segment-style fall cascades 30 feet over moss-covered rocks and
a tree to a pool below. It is a short walk to from the Clearwater
Falls campground on Clearwater Creek. This trail is rated easy.
mile post 69.5 on Highway 138: Turn into the Clearwater campground
entrance. follow the access road 0.2 miles to the picnic area.
Watson Falls, at mile post 60.5, features a 272-foot plunge
into a misty pool.
Umpqua Business Association
Oregon Visitors Association
Lodge Bed & Breakfast
North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River
National Forest camping
of Land Management / Roseburg office
Falls is located in the Whitehorse Falls Campground. This is a 15-foot
punch bowl type waterfall on the Clearwater Creek. The trail is rated
mile post 65.9 on Highway 138: Turn in to the Whitehorse campground entrance.
Falls (photo above) is the highest waterfall in southwest Oregon. This
272-foot plunge-type waterfall roars over a basalt lava cliff and flows
to a pool below. A wooden bridge crosses Watson Creek offering an excellent
view the falls. The falls arevisible from the parking lot. This trail
is rated as difficult but it offers a breathtaking view once you reach
mile post 60.5 on Highway 138, turn on to road 37. The trailhead parking
is on the right.
North Umpqua River flows through a narrow gorge creating these falls.
The trail to this tiered-type fall takes you through an old growth forest
to a sturdy viewing platform across the small gorge. From there you can
see the falls cascade over two drops. The first drop totals 40 feet drop,
the second flows over an 80-foot shear basalt cliff to a pool below. Toketee
is also a Chinook word that means "pretty" or "graceful," an apt name
for this inspiring waterfall. This trail is rated as difficult.
At mile post
58.6 on Highway 138, turn on to Road 34. Cross the first bridge and turn
left to the trailhead parking.
falls are up Steamboat Creek, a very important steelhead-spawning tributary
on the North Umpqua River. Steamboat Falls, located at Steamboat Campground,
is a 25-foot block-type fall. You can watch Steelhead attempting to jump
to the top of the falls from May through October. This trail is rated
mile post 38.8 on Highway 138, turn on to Steamboat Road 38. Drive 5.3
miles to Road 3810, turn right and stay to the left 0.6 miles to Steamboat
Falls campground entrance.
tiered-type of fall flows over two drops, the first a 35-foot drop to
the second 50-foot fall and a pool below. The trail to the falls leads
you through a bedrock crevice of basalt and lush vegetation. This trail
is rated as difficult.
mile post 32.2 on Highway 138. Trailhead parking on the north side of
at the Susan Creek picnic area. There you will find the trailhead leading
to Susan Creek Falls, a 50-foot fan-type waterfall covered in lush moss
and ferns. This trail also will take you to the Susan Creek Indian mounds.
Here young Indian boys approaching manhood would fast and build stone
piles and then spend the night in search of a vision from a guarding spirit.
This trail is rated as easy to the falls and difficult to the Indian mounds.
mile post 28.2 on Highway 138. Parking in picnic area or at the trailhead.
Falls is short but massive. Between May and October, anadromous (sea run)
steelhead and salmon may be observed jumping up this powerful fall on
their journey from the Pacific Ocean to spawn in the tributary waters
of the Cascade Mountains.
mile post 22.2 east of Idleyld Park, turn into Swiftwater Park, cross
over the bridge and park at the trailhead. This area is the western most
end of the 79-mile North Umpqua Trail #1414.
trails to Deadline Falls
Watchable wildlife is located on the North Umpqua Trail #1414 that begins
at Swiftwater Park by the falls. This trail is 79 miles long and follows
the river all the way to the Pacific Crest Trail in the Oregon Cascade
trail at Swiftwater Park is accessible to the disabled and is popular
with seniors and families with young children. This trail is rated
a long day of hiking and mountain biking, it may be time to rest and enjoy
the small community of Idleyld Park. Here you find food, lodging and river
guides to help you experience the Umpqua River as it flows into the 100
valleys of the Umpqua Basin.
community of Glide the site of the Colliding Rivers, a geologic phenomenon
where two rivers collide head on (North Umpqua and Little rivers).
was once the site of an important Indian fishing village of the Upper
Umpqua Indian Tribe. Here they would spear salmon and steelhead to smoke
over their fires as an important part of their food supply.
Bend County Park and Boat Ramp
Bend is a 126-acre park situated on the North Umpqua River where it makes
a sweeping bend in the river. You can rent a Yurt, take an RV space or
pitch a tent. The campground includes hot showers. Whistlers Bend also
has a very popular Frisbee golf course and makes a great location for
family reunions and company picnics.
sources used for this page:
- Bill Blodgett,
Oregon Ridge & River Excursions
of Land Management / Roseburg office
Forest Service Umpqua National Forest
Visitors & Convention Bureau/Colliding Rivers Information Center