North Umpqua River: Boulder Flat to Horseshoe
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Visit one of Oregon’s most beautiful rivers. Renowned for outstanding fishing environments and exhilarating whitewater challenges, the North Umpqua River offers an ideal setting for many recreational pursuits.
The North Umpqua provides the right challenge for all types of rafters and kayakers, from the placid Class I waters to roaring Class IV rapids. The best months to raft are May, June, and early July, depending on the weather. Later in the summer as the water flows decrease, floaters test their rock-maneuvering skills as the rapids become more technical.
When to Go: Avoid Floating 6 pm to 10 am, July 1 - October 31
Rafting Difficulty Level: Class III
Good For: The upper segment of the Wild and Scenic North Umpqua River is rich in geologic and natural attractions and recreational opportunities for visitors. Striking views of basalt columns and vertical volcanic spires along the river offer awesome photo opportunities. Whitewater enthusiasts should put-in at the Boulder Flat Campground. This 6-mile long segment has five Class II+ and four Class III rapids. Parking for boaters is limited at this site, so plan ahead to shuttle. The next developed take-out is at Horseshoe Bend launch site. The free-flowing Wild and Scenic River Corridor begins just below the Soda Springs Power House. Several trails, including the North Umpqua Trail, can be accessed from this segment. Spawning chinook salmon can be seen from September into November at the Weeping Rocks Watchable Wildlife site. Please do not disturb the fish or their spawning gravels. http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/roseburg/recreation/wild_and_scenic_river/umpqua_river_segment_1.html
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