the umpqua river

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Don’t miss Oregon’s Canton Creek on the Rogue-Umpqua National Scenic Byway

Travelers crossing the Cascade Mountains on Oregon’s North Umpqua Highway 138 – also known as the Rogue-Umpqua National Scenic Byway – might easily miss Canton Creek, a tributary of Steamboat Creek and the North Umpqua River.

A visit to Canton Creek is well worth the effort, though - and just a short drive north of the community of Steamboat, known for its world-famous fly fishing.

To get there from Steamboat – just 16 miles east of Idleyld Park on Highway 138 - follow Steamboat Creek Road (Forest Service Road 3803) east from Highway 138 and then turn west onto the Canton Creek Road (BLM Road 25-1E-31), just past the U.S. Forest Service’s Canton Creek Recreation Site.

More photos at BLM Oregon’s Flickr

Photos and Videos by Greg Shine, BLM

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The North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River in Oregon is renowned for outstanding fishing and exhilarating whitewater challenges for all levels of rafters and kayakers. To catch a ride on rushing waters, visit during May, June, and early July. What’s more, the 79-mile-long North Umpqua Trail parallels the river, offering a variety of hiking and mountain biking options. Photo by Bob Wick, @mypubliclands

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Visit one of Oregon’s most beautiful rivers! Renowned for outstanding salmon and steelhead fishing and whitewater challenges, the North Umpqua River offers the perfect place for a weekend getaway. Almost 34 miles of the North Umpqua have been designated as a Wild and Scenic River and this section has been set aside exclusively for fly-fishing. The North Umpqua Trail parallels the river and offers challenging hiking and mountain biking experiences.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM

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New Weekly Series for the New Year – #TravelTuesday with Guest Photographer Bob Wick!

Each Tuesday this winter, follow @mypubliclands for weekly travel adventures with Bob Wick, BLM wilderness specialist.  #TravelTuesday posts will feature beautiful BLM landscapes, with helpful hints for your travel planning.  As a bonus, Bob, well known for his beautiful landscape photos of public lands, will share photo tips for each location.  

Join us this Tuesday, January 5th, for the first post in the series – with multiple stops along California’s northern coast!

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#mypubliclandroadtrip visits the botanical bonanza that is the O.H. Hinsdale Rhododendron Garden in Oregon!  

BLM manages the Spruce Reach Island, a 67-acre site situated between Hwy. 38 and the Umpqua River across from the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area.

The previous landowner, O.H. Hinsdale, planted hundreds of rhododendrons and azaleas in an English woodland garden style. The garden is a historical resource that is potentially eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.  

This is truly a one-of-a-kind site to see! (BLM Oregon photos)

Toketee Falls, Oregon, USA.
One of the most famous waterfalls in Oregon, the 113-foot Toketee Falls on the North Umpqua River is actually two falls, first dropping 28 feet in narrow gorge , then plunging another 85 feet over a wall of columnar basalt into a large pool. The lush green foliage surrounding the crystal clear water of the falls makes this waterfall rather spectacular.
Photo by @alicedoggett (Instagram)

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The perfect #MothersDay gift - a ride down the North Umpqua Wild and Scenic River in Oregon! Located about 25 miles east of Roseburg, the Umpqua drains several high Cascade Peaks, and gains flows from  basalt springs as its crystal clear waters drop towards the coast. New photos by Bob Wick, BLM