Roseburg City Profile in Southern Oregon - Southwest - Douglas County - Climate - Highlights  

Roseburg is located at the heart of the Hundred Valleys of the Umpqua in scenic, Southern Oregon. On Interstate 5, it is 67 miles south of the stateís second largest city, Eugene, and 123 miles north of the California border. Traveling by State Highway 38/138 or 42, Roseburg is about 80 miles inland from the Pacific coastal communities Reedsport and Coos Bay. Highway 138 continues east from the city along the North Umpqua river. It is 79 miles to Diamond Lake at the summit of the Oregon Cascades and just 20 miles more to Crater Lake National Park.
Roseburg winters are cool without much freezing and provide most of the rainfall that brings blossom-filled springs. A warming trend begins in April and May, continuing into the summery days of July and August. Fall weather is pleasant and crisp, producing brilliant leaf colors in late October.


East of Roseburg along the North and South Umpqua Rivers, numerous waterfalls cascade through lush forests. The "Thundering Waters" brochure provides a detailed look at several of the most spectacular and beautiful waterfalls. See our Waterfalls Section
Glide is located 18 miles east of Roseburg and Idleyld Park is 21 miles east of Roseburg. Both towns are home to many natural wonders including the Colliding Rivers where the deep waters of the North Umpqua River funnel into a water chute and meet the rapids of sparkling Little River head-on. Continue your scenic tour following Highway #138 to Crater Lake through some of the most spectacularly beautiful country in the Land of Umpqua, home to the North and South Umpqua Rivers and numerous waterfalls (approximately 25) throughout the lush Umpqua National Forest.
Rogue-Umpqua National Scenic Byway

Glide is part of the 172 mile National Scenic Byway from Roseburg along the North Umpqua River, past waterfalls, parks and recreation sites, to Diamond Lake, Crater Lake and then south along the Rogue River to Gold Hill.
 What does "Umpqua" mean? "Thundering waters" or "across the waters" are two popular translations for this surviving word of the Umpqua language. Another definition is "satisfied" - as in a full stomach. 
Ancestors of the Umpqua, Southern Molalla, Yoncalla, and Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians lived here before Mt. Mazama erupted forming Crater Lake nearly 7,000 years ago. The Indians were moved to reservations in 1856. As Europeans bought reservation lands, the tribes further fragmented to become farmers and ranchers in the Umpqua Valley. See our Byways Section

The Umpqua National Forest had its genesis on March 2, 1907, in the setting aside of acreage in the Coast Range in Douglas County. Two days later, Congress renamed all of the forest reserves as national forests. The Forest Service broke up the Cascade Forest Reserve on July 1, 1908, into what became the Mt. Hood, Willamette, Umpqua, and Rogue River National Forests. On the Umpqua, Forest Service staff began building trails, constructing bridges, fighting fire, monitoring grazing, and erecting lookouts. Logging and mining began in 1925. The Civilian Conservation Corps shaped part of the Forest by building roads, bridges and recreation facilities in the 1930s. After the road connecting Roseburg and Diamond Lake was completed in 1940, it took another 25 years to become a major eastern route. With the new route in place, logging increased in the upper reaches of the Forest. The Umpqua National Forest currently has 54 developed campgrounds with nearly 800 campsites, 5 historic cabins and lookouts available for rent, 350 miles of trail maintained for year-round use, 1,150 miles of roads maintained for car travel, and 4 staffed lookouts.
See our Forests Section

Covered Bridges
Six covered bridges span rivers and creeks near the I-5 corridor in Douglas County. There are beautiful public parks to enjoy near many of the bridges, as well as Historic Districts in many nearby communities. The Land of Umpqua Self Guided Tour map will guide you to covered bridges along the North, South and East tour routes. See our Covered Bridges Section
Douglas County Parks
The Douglas County Parks Department, the first in Oregon, has over 50 parks in the system, ranging from large facilities with overnight camping to small boat launching access points. In addition, Douglas County is home to numerous parks operated by the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, the State of Oregon, and local communities.
Colliding Rivers Viewpoint
At Colliding Rivers Viewpoint, the swift, deep waters of the North Umpqua River funnel into a water chute and meet the rapids of sparkling Little River head-on. The viewpoint includes a newly constructed rest area and comfort station, plus several interpretive panels about the area. Located just off Highway #138 at Glide, 18 miles east of Roseburg and across the street from Colliding Rivers Visitors Center.
Learn first hand about Douglas County's woods products industry. During the summer months, several area mills open their doors to provide a close look at various types of wood products manufacturing. Mill tours are free and require advance reservations. Also, free guided van tours, led by a professional forester, transport you into forests to learn about forest practices and wildlife. For tour schedules and advance reservations contact the Roseburg Visitors & Convention Bureau at 1-800-444-9584 ext 10.

Historic Homes and Districts
Roseburg and several surrounding communities provide a glimpse into the past as you enjoy visiting their historic structures and districts. A descriptive brochure of Historical Tours of Roseburg homes and buildings is available at the Roseburg Visitors & Convention Bureau. Our Self-Guided Tour Map will help you plan your Historic Tour of the Land of Umpqua.

Rock Creek Fish Hatchery
Located 22 miles east of Roseburg just off the North Umpqua Highway (Highway #138) at Rock Creek. Self-guided tours daily from 7:30am to dusk. Call 541-496-3484 for information on scheduling guided tours for groups. Year-round viewing opportunities. Handicap accessible trail and platform. Picnic area. Operated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Roseburg City Parks
There are 345 acres of parks within the city limits.

Roseburg Town Center
Roseburg Town Center offers a pedestrian friendly traditional downtown, complete with great restaurants and unique shops. Now the Heart of Roseburg, Downtown Roseburg Association an Oregon Main Street Community. Roseburg Town Center serves as the center of the Douglas County Financial District and boasts a variety of personal service businesses. Take a leisurely walk and view the historical buildings depicting some of the area's colorful history.

Wildlife Safari
Come face-to-face with adventure at this exciting drive-through wild animal park. Exotic animals from around the world roam free on more than 600 acres, living much as they would in their natural habitat. White Rhino Restaurant; Casbah Gift Shop; Safari Village Exhibits; Picnic Area; Campground; Ride the train (seasonal). Multi-species animal shows in the new Safari Dome from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Call 541-679-6761 for hours and admission.
Winchester Dam Fish Ladder
Located just off I-5 at exit #129. Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife viewing window at Winchester Dam, where visitors can observe salmon and steelhead in their native environment on the North Umpqua River.
The Hundred Valleys of the Umpqua are home to seven wineries, all located in the area surrounding Roseburg. Signs mark the Wine Tour Route through the Garden Valley area north west to Umpqua and Elkton, and south west to Winston and Ten mile.
See our Wineries and Vineyard Section

Roseburg Visitors & Convention Bureau 1-800-444-9584 for questions


For Local Real Estate - Lodging - Business & Recreation
Please Use Menu on Top of Page ^

For Specific Hours & Fees to any Place or Event above, please contact their number or link provided.

Add More Information!

To Add More Information to this page, Please Use this Free
"Add More Info Form" and supply your text info and we will add it in!
Free service for Non-Profit Organizations, Cities, State Parks, Public Events. For Business Listings please use the Contact Us link.

<< Back To Previous Page  ][  To Top of Page ^  ][  Back To Cities Page  ][  Back To Lakes Page

Roseburg city profile information of Southern Oregon  Southwest Douglas County
Real Estate - Lodging Southern Oregon - Businesses - Activities & Recreation - Attractions - Home
Shopping Gifts Collectibles in Southern Oregon Map - Lakes - Local cities area info Media TV Radioguide climate


Thank You for Visiting Southern Oregon Directory & Area Guide