Umpqua River, Toketee Falls + other Beautiful Places in Southwestern Oregon

Vacationing in Oregon

This leg of my mother's, niece's and my vacation journey took us from Roseburg (which is located in the southwestern portion of Oregon) heading west along route 138 which follows the Umpqua River for many scenic miles to numerous areas of beauty.

Superlatives cannot aptly describe the beauty that we were enjoying as we stopped along the way to soak up the ambiance...get our feet wet and more (in the case of my niece)...watch the mesmerizing fishing lines being cast from fly fishermen and other subjects worth viewing.

Hopefully these pictures taken on that vacation of many years ago...1987 to be exact...will give one some idea of just why Oregon is a paradise for people who love nature.

Umpqua River in Oregon

My niece and other children enjoying the cool waters of the Umpqua River
My niece and other children enjoying the cool waters of the Umpqua River | Source

Umpqua River / Oregon

Forested areas near Roseburg and the Umpqua River
Forested areas near Roseburg and the Umpqua River | Source

Splendorous sites abound in Oregon and we had already sampled some of them including the Japanese Gardens in Portland (one of many places of interest in that City of Roses), the Columbia River Gorge and its many waterfalls, Mount Hood and Timberline Lodge.


All of the fore-mentioned is in the northwestern part of the State.



Heading down Interstate Highway 5 to Roseburg, we were about to see the scenery in the southwestern part of Oregon and we were impressed!


Location of Roseburg in Oregon

A markerRoseburg, Oregon -
Roseburg, OR, USA
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Roseburg, Oregon


Anyone loving forested areas as well as picturesque rivers and creeks should make haste to visit this area of the State.

Roseburg has served as a lumbering center but it is also a wool producing part of the State with many sheep grazing the hillsides. Wine-making has also become important as an industry and there are many delicious notable wines that come from this and other parts of Oregon.

Oh...but for hikers and campers and sportsmen...this just might be a slice of Heaven!

Fishing in the Umpqua River / Oregon

Fishing in the Umpqua River
Fishing in the Umpqua River | Source


Fishing in the Umpqua River

We saw many people fishing and whether they caught anything or not, the sheer beauty of the rippling and in some cases rushing waters of the Umpqua River would have provided a nice respite from their everyday life.

Apparently the emerald waters do contain a significant number of fish, especially steel-head and salmon.

Undoubtedly many a dinner plate is adorned with the days catch.


Fishing the Umpqua River / Oregon

Fishing the Umpqua River in Oregon
Fishing the Umpqua River in Oregon | Source
Fishing in the Umpqua River
Fishing in the Umpqua River | Source

Umpqua river scenery

My niece at the scenic Umpqua River
My niece at the scenic Umpqua River | Source

Umpqua River

My niece decides to enjoy the cold waters of the Umpqua River
My niece decides to enjoy the cold waters of the Umpqua River | Source
My niece and a new little friend
My niece and a new little friend | Source

At one point the water looked so inviting and children seemed to be enjoying themselves scrambling over rocks and playing in the river water.


My niece wanted to join them.


My mother and I tested the waters but it was way too cold for us! So we enjoyed watching the kids play for a while.


My niece made an instant friend of an Oregon girl.


Finally the water even got too cold for my niece and she voluntarily left the water and her new found friend. She changed clothes in the car and we moved on to another spot.


Toketee Falls


Our next venture took us along a beautiful forested area to ultimately see Toketee Falls.


Walking through this heavily forested area with moss covered trees and shafts of sunlight glimmering on leaves and rocks gave us equal pleasure as ultimately viewing the spectacular Toketee Falls.

Toketee Pipeline / Oregon

Seen at the head of the trail to Toketee Falls
Seen at the head of the trail to Toketee Falls | Source

Trail to Toketee Falls / Oregon

Hiking the beautiful trail to see Toketee Falls
Hiking the beautiful trail to see Toketee Falls | Source

Toketee Falls in Oregon

A markerTokeetee Falls -
Toketee Falls, OR 97447, USA
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Apple Creek in Oregon

My niece at Apple Creek
My niece at Apple Creek | Source


Apple Creek


There are many spots along Route 138 where one can stop and enjoy the views with there being a number of campgrounds and picnic areas along the way.



We happened to stop at Apple Creek and secured a picnic table amidst the most glorious of forested settings where we enjoyed a snack of sour dough bread, cheese and the vegetable drink of V-8. Often we carried picnic supplies with us as we traveled. Not only did it save time, but also money. And who could ask for a more scenic setting?

Apple Creek in Oregon

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Apple Creek scenery My mother and niece at Apple Creek
Apple Creek scenery
Apple Creek scenery | Source
My mother and niece at Apple Creek
My mother and niece at Apple Creek | Source

Biking in this area...

Obviously with only two weeks to spend on vacation in one State, there were limited opportunities to be able to enjoy all that each area had to offer.


Included here are a few videos showing what people can enjoy in this part of the State of Oregon.


For bikers, this seems like a paradise!



Kayaking on the Umpqua River...

Are you a kayaker?

You should love the Umpqua River and its scenery!

How about rafting?

My mother, niece and I have rafted on other trips of ours but did not have the time to participate in that entertaining venture on this one in Oregon.

The Umpqua River obviously provides great fun for those who like to participate in such rafting adventures!

Does this look like an area that would draw your interest in wanting to visit?

  • Absolutely!
  • Have been there and love it!
  • Can probably not get there but thank you for this look at such a gorgeous area.
  • No...I prefer other types of landscape while vacationing.
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We would move on to enjoy Diamond Lake amidst the Cascade Mountain range and also Crater Lake National Park...the only National Park in all of Oregon.

Those hubs have already been written. I did not want to neglect highlighting this gorgeous region between those better known sites in introducing people to the glories found in Oregon.

The Umpqua River is one of the prettiest rivers that this author has ever viewed! It is just one of the superlative natural sites in southwestern Oregon and worth one's time and effort in exploring.


Where the Umpqua River meets the Pacific Ocean

A markerUmpqua River in Oregon -
Umpqua River, Winchester Bay, OR, USA
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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Au fait,

Hopefully things will soon get back to normal with this new school year beginning. Cooler days should be coming in the months ahead for those of us living in Texas.

Appreciate your sharing articles like this. It is indeed a beautiful part of our country! I would love seeing it again sometime but doubt that it will happen. There are so many places to see in this gorgeous country of ours.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Gorgeous photos! Wish I could visit this place now and get away from the awful heat here in North Texas. Nearly 100 degrees every single day for the past month and no relief in sight.

Voted this up, BAUI, gave you 5 more stars, shared on FB where your articles are very popular just as they are on Pinterest. Pinned this to my 'Green' board. Will also share this on HP.

Apologize for taking so long to get back but this past week was truly a week from Hell, heat included, and I spent all but no time on HP. It was the first real week of school here and everything was so disorganized, not at all like usual. Hopefully this coming week will see improvement. Hope all's well with you.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Dawnrichard,

So glad to hear that you really enjoyed the photos and information about the beautiful Umpqua River in Oregon. Oregon is absolutely overflowing with natural beauty! Thanks for your comment.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Kathy (Lucky Cats),

You are so fortunate to be living in nearby California where you can get up to Oregon now and again. The 2 weeks we spent touring that state was not enough to see it all. You should write hubs about all the places you mentioned. Perhaps you have? Appreciate your comment.


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Dawnrichard 4 years ago

I love your work Peggy w. You are awesome and those snaps are really impress me. I have just reviewed your hub and i can not control myself without encouraging you. The fishing video i like too much. I love that little girls photo too. Glad to see your trip to Umpqua River. Share some more please.

Dawnrichard


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