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