The North Umpqua is a remarkably beautiful river that begins near Crater Lake and flows down the West side of the Cascades through beautiful forest. It is well known by fishermen and is becoming more popular with rafters and kayakers because of it's stunning scenery, clear water, and great rapids. There are many great campsites along the river and this is a great place to spend a long weekend exploring this river by boat and by foot.

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NorthNorth Umpqua Outfitters (888) 454-9696 has been guiding on the North Umpqua River since 1987.

The North Umpqua has a rich fly-fishing history that continues to be strong. From July 1 - October 31 please avoid floating from 6 pm to 10 am to help protect the angling experience.

Trip Highlights

Mile 0: Put-in at Boulder Flat Campground

Mile .25: Boulder Hole (III) is the first rapid to kick the run off.

Mile 2.7: Weepers (II) Great wave train that leads you under the bridge. The last wave right under the bridge is a great surf wave.

Mile 6.2: After floating under the bridge Horseshoe Bend take out is on the right.

Mile 7.8: After the river makes the horseshoe bend you come to Toilet Bowl (III) Frogger I (III) and Frogger 2 (III).

Mile 10.8: Pinball Rapid

Pinball Rapid on the North Umpqua River

Pinball Rapid on the North Fork of the Umpqua River | Photo by Bill Blodgett / North Umpqua Outfitters

Mile 14.1: Gravel Bin take out on the right.

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