"Umpqua" is translated to mean "thundering waters" or "across the waters," as well as "satisfied." Those terms define the Land of the Umpqua perfectly. Take in the surrounding rivers, lakes, waterfalls and streams, and any outdoor enthusiast will sure to be satisfied.
While the outdoor adventures are endless throughout the Umpqua Valley and National Forest, sometimes we want to enjoy the outdoors with family (including it's smallest members). Here are just 10 great local gems for families so everyone can experience the splendor, and everyone can leave satisfied.
1. Rock Creek Fish Hatchery is a great place to see fish, birds and perhaps some other animals. Kids (and adults) can feed the rainbow trout. There is also a small hike and picnic area. Admission is free. 425 McCarn Lane, Idleyld Park.
2. North Bank Habitat is an awesome location to spot animals, take beautiful, easy hikes, picnic and just enjoy nature. This area was set aside to provide secure habitat for the Columbian white-tailed deer and other special status species while providing hiking, being open to dogs, mountain biking, and equestrians. A pavilion, picnic tables, fire ring, barbecue, large informational kiosk, and toilet are available. Only open to vehicle access Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday. Admission is free. Located at 13292 North Bank Road., Roseburg.
3. Susan Creek Falls Trail is a moderate 1.5-mile out and back trail located 29 miles east of Roseburg on Highway 138. The trail features a spectacular 60-foot waterfall and historic Indian mounds. The trail is accessible year-round and is advised hikers watch out for poison oak.
4. Fall Creek Trail is a short and beautiful hike for families including a wooden bridge and waterfall. Spraying over stacks of rocks is Fall Creek Falls, a tier waterfall with heights of 35 and 50-feet. The white waters drop nearly 120 feet over a series of four tiers into a cool and calm pool - a great swimming hole in the summer. The easy, mile-long trail is located in Fall Creek on Highway 138, about 6-miles east of Steamboat.
5. Toketee Falls pours down the side of basalt cliffs into a blue pool as a climax to your easy, .7-mile hike. Turn off Highway 138 onto Road #34, the west entrance to Toketee Ranger Station. In the summer, the pool below the falls is a popular swimming hole.
6. Cooper Creek Reservoir is a gorgeous 166 acres where visitors can fish, swim, hike, bike, picnic, and boat. The popular fishing hole attracts seasonal trout and opportunities to catch big largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, brown bullhead catfish and panfish. Jet skiing and water skiing are also allowed. 491 Edgewater Drive, Sutherlin.
7. Colliding Rivers is a gorgeous location to take in the view, take a short nature hike and learn about geology of the site at the visitor's center. Free admission. Located about 11 miles east of Roseburg in Glide.
8. Whistlers Bend Park just east of town will make you feel like you're out of town much farther. Picnic, swimming, disc golf, fishing and horse shoes. Or stay for the weekend at the RV park or campground. Not only is gorgeous scenery, there is a lot to do. Located 15 miles east of Roseburg on Highway 138.
9. Cleveland Rapids Park is another fun place to picnic, swim and fish. Enjoy beautiful sights of the river while also using it's boat ramp and barbecue area. Located west from Roseburg on Garden Valley Blvd. 5 miles, left on Lower Cleveland Rapids Road, one mile to park.
10. Singleton Park is a local gem that not a lot of people tap into. Picnic, play and swim. Located at 695 North Curry Road in Roseburg.