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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.