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Kayaking & Canoeing Umpqua River Oregon

North Fork, Boulder Flat to Horseshoe Bend
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Put-in:  Boulder Flat Campground
Take-out:  Horseshoe Bend Campground
Difficulty:  Class II, III
Length:  7 miles
North Fork, Horseshoe Bend to Steamboat
 photos of North Fork, Horseshoe Bend to Steamboat  map of North Fork, Horseshoe Bend to Steamboat
Put-in:  Horseshoe Bend Campground
Take-out:  Steamboat
Difficulty:  Class III (IV)
Length:  9 miles
North Fork, Steamboat to Cable Crossing
 map of North Fork, Steamboat to Cable Crossing
Put-in:  Steamboat
Take-out:  Cable Crossing
Difficulty:  Class III (IV)
Length:  16 miles
North Fork, Idleyld Park to Winchester
 map of North Fork, Idleyld Park to Winchester
Put-in:  Idleyld Park
Take-out:  Winchester
Difficulty:  Class II+ (III)
Length:  25 miles
North Fork,Armacher County Park to River Forks Par
Put-in:  Armacher County Park
Take-out:  River Forks Park
Difficulty:  Class I, II
Length:  6.5 miles
South Fork, Campbell Falls to 3 Creek Rock
Put-in:  Campbell Falls
Take-out:  Three Creek Rock Picnic Area
Difficulty:  Class III, IV+
Length:  12 miles
South Fork, 3 Creek Rock Picnic Area to Tiller
Put-in:  Three Creek Rock Picnic Area
Take-out:  Mile Post 22
Difficulty:  Class III, IV
Length:  8.5 miles
South Fork, Milepost 22 to Days Creek
Put-in:  Milepost 22
Take-out:  Days Creek
Difficulty:  Class II, IV Just one
Length:  13.5 miles
South Fork, Days Creek to River Forks Park
Put-in:  Days Creek
Take-out:  River Forks Park
Difficulty:  Class I, II+
Length:  59 miles
Cow Creek
Put-in:  Glenbrook Loop Bridge
Take-out:  Lawson Bar
Difficulty:  Class I
Length:  6 miles
Canton Creek
Put-in:  Upper Canton Creek
Take-out:  Steamboat Creek
Difficulty:  Class III, IV, V
Length:  8 miles
Steamboat Creek
Put-in:  Steamboat Falls
Take-out:  Canton Creek Campground
Difficulty:  Class IV, V
Length:  6 miles


The North Umpqua River originates in Maidu Lake in the Cascade Range. The 34-mile stretch from Rock Creek to Soda Springs Dam is protected as a Wild & Scenic River. The scenery is a mix of rugged canyon walls, towering Douglas firs, and mossy forests, hung with lichen. One of the most unique things about the Umpqua is the aqua-clear water: the underlying lava rock filters all the water before it reaches the river.

The North Umpqua is spring fed and has ample flows throughout the summer. Rapids are short, steep pool drops with some Class Vs on the lower river section. This is prime spot for fishing summer steelhead and spring chinook salmon. Many consider the rapids to be quite technical, so this is great place for the intermediate boater to work their skills.

There are many campsites and access areas, which open up options for a variety of runs. During busy summer and holiday weekends, sites go fast, and beware of some boater limitations on the lower river. Check with the Forest Service for the most up-to-date info on these restrictions.

The South Fork of the Umpqua is also a great option for paddlers, particularly in the spring during high snowmelt runoff. This section of river originates in the foothills of the Cascade Range, near the upper Rogue River and offers steep vegetated banks on the upper section and pastoral farmland scenery on the lower.