North Umpqua River Rafting
Rafting: North Umqua River, Oregon
Hitting the waves on Oregon's North Umqua River (courtesy, Sun Country Tours)
Price: $
River Rapid Class: II-III+
Trip in Miles: 30 miles
Trip Duration: 1 to 3 days
Season: May-September
Raft Types: Paddle Raft, Oar Raft, Inflatable Kayak
River Sections: Wild and Scenic
Nearby Towns: Roseburg (OR)
Gateway City: Roseburg (OR)
Driving Times: Medford (OR): 2 hours; Eugene (OR): 4 hours

The North Umpqua River is a torrent of whitewater that sends rafters and kayakers barreling down the river gorge, occasionally dropping one of them into the frothy drink. Not only do helmeted kayakers run the river, but fisherman can also count on a bountiful summer run of steelhead. Elsewhere in the forest, secluded waterfalls offer soothing pockets of solitude far from the madding crowd. If you put-in at Boulder Flat, 68 miles upriver from Roseburg, the next 12 miles offers Class II and III rapids with names like Lunch Counter, Cardiac Arrest, and Toilet Bowl. You'll pass another put-in at Horsehoe—the next four miles offers five separate Class III rapids. Another put-in at Apple Creek sets you up for the Class IV Pinball, where the rocks are situated like the bumpers in a pinball machine. You'll pass put-ins/take-outs at Gravel Bin, Bogus Creek, Wright Creek, and Susan Creek as you hurtle toward Class V Deadline Falls.

Published: 18 May 2011 | Last Updated: 25 Aug 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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