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The Umpqua River Watershed

The Umpqua Watershed includes the North Umpqua River, the Little River,
Row River and the South Umpqua River. However, I've included the South Umpqua in the
ordering with the Diverse Loop Tour due to geographic considerations.

Cottage Grove and the Row River - Tributary of the North Umpqua River

Sightseeing on Sharps Creek, tributary to the Row River in the watershed of the wild and scenic Umpqua River, page 1.

Wildwood waterfalls on Brice Creek in the watershed of the wild and scenic Umpqua River, at Wildwood, a Lane County Park east of Cottage Grove, Oregon, page 2.

Hiking or mountain biking on Brice Creek in the Umpqua National Forest of Oregon: page 3 and page 4.

Lower Trestle Creek Waterfalls, the hiking trail originates on the hiking trail alongside Brice Creek: page 5.

Hiking on Layng Creek in the Umpqua National Forest: Spirit Waterfalls: another beautiful waterfall page 6.

Hiking to Moon Falls on Layng Creek in the Umpqua River watershed: page 7, a very beautiful waterfall.

Spectacular Pinard Waterfall in the Umpqua National Forest: page 8.

Cow Creek in the watershed of the wild and scenic Umpqua River in Oregon

Discovering Cow Creek at wayside on the Cow Creek backcountry byway, page 9.

The jade waters and unique geology of Cow Creek invite, page 10.

Ruffled satin, Cow Creek looking upstream, page 11.

... and Cow Creek unwinds in a peaceful meander downstream, page 12.

Stopping on the roadside to take a photograph of a seasonal waterfall on Cow Creek, page 13.

The Umpqua River near Roseburg, Oregon

My Idea of a nice vacation on the North Umpqua River, page 14.

Traveling from I - 5 at Sutherlin to Glide, Oregon. Accessing the North Bank Road at Wilbur to travel river side along the North Umpqua River: page 15.

An unusual feature of geology results in colliding rivers at Glide, Oregon: The Little River and the north Umpqua River meet head on, page 16.

Glide, Oregon and the Little River - Tributary of the North Umpqua River

The Little River is the gateway to several waterfalls on the Little River and creeks flowing into the same: page 17.

Following the Little River to the Historic Covered Bridge at Cavitt Creek in the Umpqua River watershed, page 18.

Sightseeing with a stop at Jim Creek to photograph the confluence of the Little River and Cavitt Creek, page 19.

Cavitt Creek waterfalls at the BLM Cavitt Creek Recreation area: Campground, picnicking and waterfalls, page 20.

USFS hiking trails: Hiking to Shadow Falls in the Umpqua National Forest. I was the only human being in the forest. A grand adventure, page 21. :)

USFS: hiking trails: Shadow Falls, a gem in a temperate rain forest, page 22.

USFS: hiking trails: the trailhead at Wolf Creek on the Little River in the Umpqua River watershed, page 23.

The watcher in the woods at Wolf Creek trailhead: page 24.

Double Tiered Wolf Creek Waterfalls whispering through the trees in all its glory: hiking to Wolf Creek Falls, page 25.

The upper tier of Wolf Creek Waterfalls, spun glass flowing across stone: hiking to Wolf Creek Falls, page 26.

... and much later in the season, hiking to Wolf Creek Waterfalls in late September, page 27.

Following Little River Road into the Umpqua National Forest
to seek the treasures found there

Grotto Waterfalls in the Umpqua National Forest, judged a more difficult hike by the Umpqua National Forest, page 28.

Beautiful Yakso Waterfall on the Little River in the Umpqua River watershed, judged a more difficult hike by the Umpqua National Forest, page 29.

Rugged Hemlock Waterfall not far from Yakso Waterfall, both in the Little River watershed, and the trails accessed in the Lake in the Woods Campground, page 30.

North Fork of the Umpqua River, one of Oregon's wild and scenic Rivers

Salmon fishing down river from Deadline Waterfalls on the wild and scenic Umpqua River, page 31.

The majesty of Deadline Falls in Autumn, when the water levels begin to rise again, page 32.

The beautiful wild and scenic Umpqua River of Oregon, impossible to photograph in all its glory, page 33.

Fern Creek waterfalls, a seasonal fall, accessed on the Tioga segment of the north Umpqua River Hiking Trail in Oregon, page 34.

Beautiful Susan Creek Waterfall in the Susan Creek Recreation Area: Day Use - Picnicking Facilities, Camping Facilities, Hiking Trails: Susan Creek Waterfall and Hiking Trail: Wheelchair Accessible. The hike from Susan Creek waterfalls to the Indian Mounds is more difficult, page 35.

Hiking to Susan Creek Waterfall just off the Umpqua Scenic Byway, in the Susan Creek Recreation Area, page 36.

Camping at Susan Creek in the Susan Creek Recreation Area on the wild and scenic Umpqua River, page 37.

Hiking Fall Creek Trail off the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway, page 38.

Hiking to beautiful Fall Creek Waterfall off the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway, in the wild and scenic Umpqua River watershed, page 39.

Elevation Rock on the wild and scenic Umpqua River viewed from the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway, page 40.

Turning off the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway & the wild & scenic
Umpqua River to follow Steamboat Creek

... and how high did you say the water was? Steamboat Creek flooded, as did many rivers in Oregon during the winter of 2006. This log perched on the boulder mid-stream gives evidence of that flooding, page 41. :)

View Little Waterfall on Steamboat Creek, tributary to the Umpqua River, page 42.

Steamboat Waterfall on Steamboat Creek, viewed in May at the Umpqua National Forest campground, page 43.

Swimming and just having Fun at Steamboat Waterfalls at Steamboat Campground, page 44.

Back to the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway
and the wild and scenic Umpqua River

Ol' Pa standing sentinel above the wild and scenic Umpqua River, page 45.

Paradise at the trailhead to Medicine Creek on the wild and scenic Umpqua River, page 46.

Twin Lakes, a diversion off the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway
and the wild and scenic Umpqua River

Exceptional Twin Lakes in the Umpqua National Forest, the trail begins, page 47.

Old growth Doug First in a temperate rain forest, page 48.

... and the trail opens to miles and miles of forests with mountains standing tall, page 49.

Wildflower abundance, crowd the trail, page 50.

Meadows draped in lavish wildflowers grace the forests page 51.

... and Big Twin Lake comes into view page 52.

The cliff that spurred our steps when we first say it from a distance, long before Big Twin Lake came into view, page 53.

Craftmen handcrafted picnic tables, camping shelters and this faded dock are to be found when hiking the trails, page 54.

One couldn't ask for a more spectacular view of the cliff than the one obtained at Small Twin Lake, page 55.

Nestled in the woods like the woodcutters cottage, the camp shelter at Little Twin Lake, page 56.

Small Twin Lake peeks out between the trees at there, by the camp shelter at Little Twin Lake, page 57.

Returning to the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway
and the wild and scenic Umpqua River in Oregon

Hiking along the Umpqua River to Toketee Waterfalls, page 58.

River carved architecture on the hiking trail to Toketee Waterfalls, page 59.

... and the wild and scenic Umpqua River demonstrates over and above the the truth of the appellation at beautiful Toketee Waterfall, a hiking trail with stairways: 200 steps, page 60 and page 61.

Clearwater River proves the truth of its name over and over again, page 62.

Mt Thielsen, a craggy old warrior, presents yet another view from Oregon Hwy 138, the Rogue Umpqua National Scenic Byway, page 63.

Wild rhododendrons bloom in the environs of Toketee Lake, on the trail to Umpqua Hot Springs: Directions to Umpqua Hot Springs, page 64.

Hiking the trail to beautiful Watson Waterfalls in the Umpqua National Forest, page 65.

Hiking trails in the Umpqua Watershed: Watson Waterfalls just off the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway, page 66 and page 67.

Lovely Whitehorse Waterfalls and Campground, viewing platform accessible from the parking area, right off the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway, page 68.

Clearwater Waterfalls, Picnic Area and Campground, easily accessed, requiring only a walk of 40 feet from the parking area, off the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway, page 69.

Easy hiking trail to Warm Springs Waterfall, but be careful coming upon the edge, there are no guardrails: Directions, page 70.

Wild and untamed, that's the meaning of lemolo in Chinook jargon, and Lemolo Falls lives up the nomenclature, page 71.

Lemolo Lake, a reservoir on the Umpqua River: camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking trails nearby: Hiking Trail to Toketee Waterfalls: 15 miles, hiking trail to Watson Falls within 10 miles, hiking trail to Warm Springs about 5 miles from the dam. The north entrance to Crater Lake National Park within 15 miles, page 72.

 

Next: Crater Lake National Park.

Listing pages:

Page 1: Site Structure and Breakdown, Page 2: Category Headings, Page 3: The Umpqua River and Tributaries, Page 4: Crater Lake National Park, Page 5: Little Known Special Places near Crater Lake National Park, Page 6: Oregon and California Coasts and Redwoods, Page 7: Over the River and through the Woods Scenic Byway, Page 8: The 75 mile stretch from Smith Rock State Park to Newberry National Volcanic Monument and the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, Page 9: Oregon Outback Scenic Byway, Page 10: Surprise Valley - the Warner Mountains, Page 11: the Salmon River in northern California, page 12, the Shasta Trinity Tour, Page 13: Crater Lake on the Diverse Loop Tour and Page 14: The Beautiful West Cascades National Scenic Byway in Oregon.