North Umpqua River: Susan Creek to Cable Crossing
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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 6pm to 10 am, July - October 31
Rafting Difficulty Level: Class II+
Fish: Salmon and Steelhead
Good For: Whitewater enthusiasts looking for an easier run may enjoy this segment. There are only two Class III rapids and five Class II+ rapids. The launch site is just down river from Susan Creek Day-use Area, and the take-out is at Cable Crossing. Visitors to the Deadline Falls Watchable Wildlife Site may see anadromous salmon and steelhead jumping the falls as they make their way to the spawning grounds from May through November. The Rock Creek Fish Hatchery produces nearly a million salmon and steelhead trout annually for release into local rivers and lakes. http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/roseburg/recreation/wild_and_scenic_river/umpqua_river_segment_5.html
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