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Beautiful Places to Visit in Southwestern Oregon: Umpqua River & More

Our two-week Oregon vacation was fantastic, making us wish to someday see more of this most scenic of states in the beautiful northwest.

My niece and other children are enjoying the chilly waters of the Umpqua River in Oregon.

My niece and other children are enjoying the chilly waters of the Umpqua River in Oregon.

Vacationing in Oregon

Splendorous sites abound in Oregon. My mother, niece, and I had already sampled some of them, including the Japanese Gardens in Portland (one of many places of interest in that City of Roses), the Columbia River Gorge and its many waterfalls, Mount Hood and Timberline Lodge. All of the aforementioned is in the northwestern part of the State.

Heading down Interstate Highway 5 to Roseburg, we were about to see the scenery in the southwestern part of Oregon, and we were impressed! Our journey took us from Roseburg, heading west along route 138, which follows the Umpqua River for many scenic miles to numerous beautiful areas.

Superlatives cannot aptly describe the beauty that we saw as we stopped along the way to soak up the ambiance, get our feet wet in the Umpqua River, watch the mesmerizing fishing lines cast from fly fishers and other subjects worth taking the time to view.

Hopefully, these pictures taken on that vacation many years ago will give one some idea of why Oregon is a paradise for people who love nature.

Roseburg, Oregon

Roseburg has served as a lumbering center, but it is also a wool-producing part of the State, with many sheep grazing the hillsides. Winemaking has also become important as an industry, and many delicious notable wines come from this and other parts of Oregon.

Forested areas, as well as picturesque rivers and creeks, abound in this part of the State. But for hikers and campers and those who enjoy sports, this might be a slice of heaven!

Fishing in the Umpqua River

We saw many people fishing, and whether they caught anything or not, the sheer beauty of the rippling and, in some cases rushing waters of the approximately 111-mile Umpqua River would have provided a nice respite from their everyday life.

The emerald waters contain many fish, including bass, sturgeon, shad, steelhead, and salmon. Undoubtedly many a dinner plate is adorned with the days catch.

Chilly River Waters

At one point, the water looked so inviting, and children seemed to be enjoying themselves scrambling over rocks and playing in the river water. My niece wanted to join them.

My mother and I tested the waters, but it was way too cold for us! So we enjoyed watching the kids play for a while. My niece made an instant friend of an Oregon girl. Finally, the water even got too cold for my niece, and she voluntarily left the water and her newfound friend. She changed clothes in the car, and we moved on to another spot.

Toketee Pipeline / Oregon - Seen at the head of the trail to Toketee Falls

Toketee Pipeline / Oregon - Seen at the head of the trail to Toketee Falls

Toketee Falls

Our next venture took us along a beautiful forested area to ultimately see Toketee Falls. Walking through this heavily forested area with moss-covered trees and shafts of sunlight glimmering on leaves and rocks gave us equal pleasure as eventually viewing the spectacular Toketee Falls.

The North Umpqua River meets the Clearwater River, where it produces the 120-foot beauty of a fall. A hydropower plant built upstream on the Umpqua River harnesses the power of the river to produce electricity.

Apple Creek

There are many spots along Route 138 where one can stop and enjoy the views, with there being several campgrounds and picnic areas along the way.

We happened to stop at Apple Creek and secured a picnic table amidst the most glorious of forested settings, where we enjoyed a snack of sourdough bread, cheese, and the vegetable drink of V-8. Often we carried picnic supplies with us as we traveled. Not only did it save time but also money. And who could ask for a more scenic setting?

Obviously, with only two weeks to spend on vacation in one State, time to enjoy all that each area had to offer was limited. Included here are a few videos showing what people can enjoy in this part of the State of Oregon.

For bikers, this seems like a paradise!

Shows Biking in This Area

Kayaking and Rafting

Are You a Kayaker? You should love the Umpqua River and its scenery! How About Rafting? My mother, niece, and I have gone rafting on other trips of ours but did not have the time to participate in that entertaining venture on this one in Oregon. The Umpqua River provides a fun opportunity for those who like to participate in such rafting adventures!

Diamond Lake in the Cascade Mountain range and also Crater Lake National Park, which is the only national park in all of Oregon, would be our next destinations. However, I did not want to neglect to highlight this gorgeous region between those better-known sites in introducing people to the glories found in Oregon.

The Umpqua River is one of the prettiest rivers that this author has ever viewed! It is just one of the spectacular natural sites in southwestern Oregon and worth one's time and effort to explore.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 04, 2021:

Hi Devika,

Traveling is not possible for many people these days because of the pandemic, but we can still dream. Oregon is such a beautiful state! We loved the scenery in this area. Thanks for your comment.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 04, 2021:

Hi Peggy these places sound a great idea to visit. Information about this place makes me want to travel to that side of the world. Unfortunately, I won't be travelling for a long time. However, this is valuable and worth reading about. An adventure and a place of peace.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 04, 2021:

Hi Amy,

It is fun for me to reminisce about my travels, and it is equally fun to share the beauty of places visited with others. I am glad you enjoyed reading this article.

Amy on March 04, 2021:

Your travel adventures are always a treat to read and view. Please keep sending them.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 02, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

Hopefully things will soon get back to normal with this new school year beginning. Cooler days should be coming in the months ahead for those of us living in Texas.

Appreciate your sharing articles like this. It is indeed a beautiful part of our country! I would love seeing it again sometime but doubt that it will happen. There are so many places to see in this gorgeous country of ours.

C E Clark from North Texas on August 31, 2014:

Gorgeous photos! Wish I could visit this place now and get away from the awful heat here in North Texas. Nearly 100 degrees every single day for the past month and no relief in sight.

Voted this up, BAUI, gave you 5 more stars, shared on FB where your articles are very popular just as they are on Pinterest. Pinned this to my 'Green' board. Will also share this on HP.

Apologize for taking so long to get back but this past week was truly a week from Hell, heat included, and I spent all but no time on HP. It was the first real week of school here and everything was so disorganized, not at all like usual. Hopefully this coming week will see improvement. Hope all's well with you.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 24, 2012:

Hi Dawnrichard,

So glad to hear that you really enjoyed the photos and information about the beautiful Umpqua River in Oregon. Oregon is absolutely overflowing with natural beauty! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 24, 2012:

Hi Kathy (Lucky Cats),

You are so fortunate to be living in nearby California where you can get up to Oregon now and again. The 2 weeks we spent touring that state was not enough to see it all. You should write hubs about all the places you mentioned. Perhaps you have? Appreciate your comment.

Dawnrichard on May 24, 2012:

I love your work Peggy w. You are awesome and those snaps are really impress me. I have just reviewed your hub and i can not control myself without encouraging you. The fishing video i like too much. I love that little girls photo too. Glad to see your trip to Umpqua River. Share some more please.


Kathy from The beautiful Napa Valley, California on May 24, 2012:

Peggy, Oregon is one of my favorite destinations...I used to travel "up north" many times a year...the terraine is so different from the beautifull, rugged coastal areas to the inland, dry, arid, desert like interior. Shaniko, a ghost town towards Eastern Oregon, is a great place to visit. Love Newport Beach on the coast line and, of course, Eugene and Corvallis; both college towns. The water is so crystal clear in so many of the running streams and rivers...I loved spending time along the Dalles.. and also Willamette...so beautiful. Thank you for another fabulous introduction to another breathtaking part of our country.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 22, 2011:

Hello liquidgranite,

Oregon is surely that!...a great vacation spot. Lucky are the folks that get to live there year round. Thanks for your comment about this hub showcasing the Umpqua River and some other sites in southwestern Oregon.

liquidgranite on June 22, 2011:

It's so beautiful in Oregon and your hub make it like a great vacation heaven.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 29, 2010:

Hello prasetio30,

So very happy to hear that you enjoyed these photos taken of the Umpqua River in Oregon as well as a few other sites. It is so hot in Houston right now that I wish I could be cooling off at that beautiful river. Maybe another day! Thanks for the comment and votes.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on July 29, 2010:

Hi, Peggy. How are you today? I hope you will fine. Sorry for late to know this beautiful hub. I really impressed with all the pictures, it's very breathtaking. I enjoy this hub. It's like visiting this river directly. I have saw this only on my television. I hope I can visit Umpqua River someday. Thank you very much. Vote this Up..always and always. Take care!


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 28, 2010:

Greetings Dardia,

The western United States is filled with beautiful sites like this Umpqua River nestled into the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. If you have not traveled west, am sure you will be impressed with the vastness and beauty. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

Darlene Yager from Michigan on July 27, 2010:

Gorgeous! That is my kind of vacation site. I have to convince my hubby we need to go vacation out west sometime. Thanks for sharing!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 27, 2010:

Greetings Mih36,

Glad you enjoyed this hub about the Umpqua River and other sites in Oregon. It truly is beautiful! Thanks for the comment.

Mih36 from New York on July 27, 2010:

Great article on going to Oregon and very cool places to visit and just have a great time. Beautiful outdoors and amazing rivers. Thanks for sharing

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 27, 2010:

Hi nifty@50,

Hope you hit the BIG one! Then when you locate your mansion in Oregon perhaps you can invite some fellow hubbers for overnight stays in your guest house. My husband and I will be happy to volunteer as your first of many out-of-town houseguests. Haha!

nifty@50 on July 27, 2010:

One more reason to hit the lottery and retire LOL! Never been to Oregon, but my wife says it's nice! I hope to see it some time!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 25, 2010:

Hi Charlinex,

Thanks for visiting the Umpqua River and other sites via this hub about a particularly beautiful part of Oregon. Oregon has the distinctive coastline and so much more!

Charlinex on July 25, 2010:

Peggy, I knew Oregon was beautiful but only saw its coast through other people's photos. Now your hub has taught me more beautiful places in this State. Thank you so much!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 24, 2010:

Hi Ethel,

We surely did see many people fishing the Umpqua River while we were traveling alongside of it in Oregon. I'm not a fisherwoman but it was beautiful watching them cast their fishing lines into that gorgeous river. As to ambling along without a care in the world...nice goal. Let me know if you succeed. Ha!

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on July 24, 2010:

Looks perfect Peggy. I could read and Hubby could fish with a passion. We would amble along without a care in the world. Maybe...........

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 24, 2010:

Hello oliversmum,

Your question..." How did you ever drag yourselves home, it looks like a place that you would never want to leave." We often asked ourselves that question! Ha! The MAIN reason we were happy to return was being reunited with my husband and all of our animals. Oh but that scenery in Oregon...the Umpqua River and more...it is so very beautiful! Glad you enjoyed seeing this and thanks for the comment.

oliversmum from australia on July 23, 2010:

Peggy W. Hi. Wow what a beautiful holiday you had with your family.

So much to do and so much more to see. How did you ever drag yourselves home, it looks like a place that you would never want to leave.

The photographs are absolutely wonderful, just had to close your eyes and it felt like you were there.

I thoroughly enjoyed this hub, you do have some wonderful scenery in this great Country of yours.

Thank you for sharing it with us. :) :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 22, 2010:

Hi Mike,

Going through these vacation albums of mine make me wish for another vacation also! At least by writing these hubs about beautiful places like the Umpqua River in Oregon...I am reliving them again. Many more beautiful spots out there just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed! Thanks for the comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 22, 2010:

Hello Lifeallstar1,

Great name for hubpages! Thanks for going along on this portion of our Oregon trip which included the Umpqua River, Toketee Falls and Apple Creek. Just so many gorgeous, superlative!, places in Oregon. You won't be disappointed when you visit. Thanks for the comment.

Mike Lickteig from Lawrence KS USA on July 21, 2010:

Your photos of Oregon make me realize it's been five years since I've traveled on a vacation and how much I miss visiting beautiful places. The mountains, the streams--sigh.... Maybe someday I can get out and travel again. Your photographs are wonderful as always, and you have a knack for finding the most beautiful spots in the USA. Thanks for continuing to share them with us.


Lifeallstar1 on July 21, 2010:

Peggy, Thank you so much for taking us with you on your adventure. It makes me really want to go. The pictures are amazing and it sounds like such an awesome place to go. I have heard many good things but never saw pictures this beautiful. This will be a definite spot I will try to get to one day soon. Too many people love it so I have to go check it out. You had such a wonderful time. Thank you for sharing with us. It's on my list of places I must see, that's for sure. Thanks again. :-) Jess

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 21, 2010:

Hi agusfanani,

Sharing a picnic at Apple Creek was wonderful and just viewing the very scenic Umpqua River and its environs was so beautiful. We did not raft in this area but did so on two other vacations. It is FUN! Thanks for the visit and comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 21, 2010:

Hi Micky Dee,

Was thinking of how much you would probably like to be biking in the Umpqua National Forest. Looked like a great place to be biking! :-)

agusfanani from Indonesia on July 21, 2010:

A cool adventure ! I just imagine the great time you did having a picnic at Apple Creek, wow I like that, not to mention the rafting, that's my favorite outdoor sport! It seems that you have a lot of beautiful experience to share from your traveling and you know how to present them in excellent hubs. Thank you Peggy.

Micky Dee on July 21, 2010:

It's always a nice trip with Peggy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 21, 2010:

Hi DjBryle,

I appreciate your coming along on our long ago trip to the Umpqua River and other natural areas in Southwestern Oregon especially knowing that you are enjoying the journey. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 21, 2010:

Hi Lindsay Godfree,

For this type of layout, just add loads of capsules...photo, text, link, video, etc. Then play around with the sizes of the photos to see what looks best. Nice to break up the text with other things. I am actually going back and reworking some of my earlier hubs and doing more of this. I don't know if it is better to just go forward and publish new ones, or rework older ones...so I do some of both these days. Hope that answers your question.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 21, 2010:

Hello sarovai,

Like you, I also love scenic spots like what is found in so many places in Oregon. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 21, 2010:

Hi Pamela99,

Your hub was WONDERFUL and I have already linked it to one or more of my Oregon hubs in the body with the "suggested links" highlighting of words. Yours was a total round up view of your trip and I am breaking mine into segments to more fully explore each area. As you say, Oregon is so beautiful. I also would like to go back someday. Thanks for the comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 21, 2010:

Hello Kaie Arwen,

So happy that you liked this hub showing this part of southwestern Oregon. I'm not sure which view you like best but Oregon has one view prettier than the next. Be sure and take your camera when you go visiting!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 21, 2010:

Hi suziecat7,

So much of the State of Oregon is composed of natural settings and Nature does seem to set a beautiful and pristine palette. The Cascade Mountains, the forests, scenery like the Umpqua River and so much more...! Thanks for the visit.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 21, 2010:

Hi dahoglund,

Wisconsin and Minnesota both have so many lakes and opportunities for aquatic activities. You can always go back in and add more capsules to already published hubs. I am doing that and also re-scanning photos with some of my older ones as time permits. My earlier attempts at writing hubs were not as good as my later ones. It is a learning process!

Glad you enjoyed this look at more sites in Oregon. Just LOVE that Umpqua River! Have never seen a prettier one.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 21, 2010:

Greetings Hello, hello,

So happy to hear that you enjoyed these photos from the Umpqua River and surrounding natural sites in Oregon.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 21, 2010:

Hi billyaustindillon,

I told you that I was not done featuring the natural sites of Oregon. The Umpqua River is so beautiful that those memories still linger. It is a virtual playground for outdoor activities.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 21, 2010:

Hello zzron,

I agree with you as to loving the beauty of Oregon. Thanks for the comment.

DjBryle from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) on July 21, 2010:

You can really take your readers to wonderful places simply by sharing great hubs like this! Thanks so much! =)

Lindsay Godfree from Arizona on July 21, 2010:

Great article! I love your layout! How can I learn how to do it?

sarovai on July 21, 2010:

Attractive scenic spot. I like this kind of scenic spot, with trees and background. Thank u for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 21, 2010:

Absolutely beautiful country. I have been to Oregon and did a hub on it but I have not been to this area. I definitely want to go back and visit.

Kaie Arwen on July 21, 2010:

Wow! I had wanted to go to Oregon during a recent visit with my son. I'm going to have to add a few days to the trip next time around........... absolutely beautiful! Thanks for taking me along........... I think I could live with that view! Kaie

suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on July 21, 2010:

Everything is so pristine and beautiful. Great Hub.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on July 21, 2010:

Because I can't swim I have never done much in the way of water sports, except fishing when I was young. I t makes me think that I should have included such more when writing about Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Oregon looks great. Thanks for the view.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on July 21, 2010:

A beautiful, beautiful world. Thank you for writing this hub and showing theses wonderful places.

billyaustindillon on July 21, 2010:

This does look like a great spot for an outdoors vacation - rafting, hiking and fishing - the shots are beautiful.

zzron from Houston, TX. on July 21, 2010:

Awesome hub, I love Oregon, it's so beautiful there.

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