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

Updated on September 22, 2016

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

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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

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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?

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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

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Umpqua River, Winchester Bay, OR, USA
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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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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      C E Clark 3 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 Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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 Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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 5 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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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Peggy, Oregon is one of my favorite destinations...I used to travel "up north" many times a year...the terraine is so different from the beautifull, rugged coastal areas to the inland, dry, arid, desert like interior. Shaniko, a ghost town towards Eastern Oregon, is a great place to visit. Love Newport Beach on the coast line and, of course, Eugene and Corvallis; both college towns. The water is so crystal clear in so many of the running streams and rivers...I loved spending time along the Dalles.. and also Willamette...so beautiful. Thank you for another fabulous introduction to another breathtaking part of our country.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello liquidgranite,

      Oregon is surely that!...a great vacation spot. Lucky are the folks that get to live there year round. Thanks for your comment about this hub showcasing the Umpqua River and some other sites in southwestern Oregon.

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      liquidgranite 6 years ago

      It's so beautiful in Oregon and your hub make it like a great vacation heaven.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello prasetio30,

      So very happy to hear that you enjoyed these photos taken of the Umpqua River in Oregon as well as a few other sites. It is so hot in Houston right now that I wish I could be cooling off at that beautiful river. Maybe another day! Thanks for the comment and votes.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Peggy. How are you today? I hope you will fine. Sorry for late to know this beautiful hub. I really impressed with all the pictures, it's very breathtaking. I enjoy this hub. It's like visiting this river directly. I have saw this only on my television. I hope I can visit Umpqua River someday. Thank you very much. Vote this Up..always and always. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings Dardia,

      The western United States is filled with beautiful sites like this Umpqua River nestled into the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. If you have not traveled west, am sure you will be impressed with the vastness and beauty. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      Darlene Yager 7 years ago from Michigan

      Gorgeous! That is my kind of vacation site. I have to convince my hubby we need to go vacation out west sometime. Thanks for sharing!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings Mih36,

      Glad you enjoyed this hub about the Umpqua River and other sites in Oregon. It truly is beautiful! Thanks for the comment.

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      Mih36 7 years ago from New York

      Great article on going to Oregon and very cool places to visit and just have a great time. Beautiful outdoors and amazing rivers. Thanks for sharing

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi nifty@50,

      Hope you hit the BIG one! Then when you locate your mansion in Oregon perhaps you can invite some fellow hubbers for overnight stays in your guest house. My husband and I will be happy to volunteer as your first of many out-of-town houseguests. Haha!

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      One more reason to hit the lottery and retire LOL! Never been to Oregon, but my wife says it's nice! I hope to see it some time!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Charlinex,

      Thanks for visiting the Umpqua River and other sites via this hub about a particularly beautiful part of Oregon. Oregon has the distinctive coastline and so much more!

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      Charlinex 7 years ago

      Peggy, I knew Oregon was beautiful but only saw its coast through other people's photos. Now your hub has taught me more beautiful places in this State. Thank you so much!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ethel,

      We surely did see many people fishing the Umpqua River while we were traveling alongside of it in Oregon. I'm not a fisherwoman but it was beautiful watching them cast their fishing lines into that gorgeous river. As to ambling along without a care in the world...nice goal. Let me know if you succeed. Ha!

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Looks perfect Peggy. I could read and Hubby could fish with a passion. We would amble along without a care in the world. Maybe...........

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello oliversmum,

      Your question..." How did you ever drag yourselves home, it looks like a place that you would never want to leave." We often asked ourselves that question! Ha! The MAIN reason we were happy to return was being reunited with my husband and all of our animals. Oh but that scenery in Oregon...the Umpqua River and more...it is so very beautiful! Glad you enjoyed seeing this and thanks for the comment.

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      oliversmum 7 years ago from australia

      Peggy W. Hi. Wow what a beautiful holiday you had with your family.

      So much to do and so much more to see. How did you ever drag yourselves home, it looks like a place that you would never want to leave.

      The photographs are absolutely wonderful, just had to close your eyes and it felt like you were there.

      I thoroughly enjoyed this hub, you do have some wonderful scenery in this great Country of yours.

      Thank you for sharing it with us. :) :)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mike,

      Going through these vacation albums of mine make me wish for another vacation also! At least by writing these hubs about beautiful places like the Umpqua River in Oregon...I am reliving them again. Many more beautiful spots out there just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed! Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Lifeallstar1,

      Great name for hubpages! Thanks for going along on this portion of our Oregon trip which included the Umpqua River, Toketee Falls and Apple Creek. Just so many gorgeous, superlative!, places in Oregon. You won't be disappointed when you visit. Thanks for the comment.

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Your photos of Oregon make me realize it's been five years since I've traveled on a vacation and how much I miss visiting beautiful places. The mountains, the streams--sigh.... Maybe someday I can get out and travel again. Your photographs are wonderful as always, and you have a knack for finding the most beautiful spots in the USA. Thanks for continuing to share them with us.

      Mike

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      Lifeallstar1 7 years ago

      Peggy, Thank you so much for taking us with you on your adventure. It makes me really want to go. The pictures are amazing and it sounds like such an awesome place to go. I have heard many good things but never saw pictures this beautiful. This will be a definite spot I will try to get to one day soon. Too many people love it so I have to go check it out. You had such a wonderful time. Thank you for sharing with us. It's on my list of places I must see, that's for sure. Thanks again. :-) Jess

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi agusfanani,

      Sharing a picnic at Apple Creek was wonderful and just viewing the very scenic Umpqua River and its environs was so beautiful. We did not raft in this area but did so on two other vacations. It is FUN! Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Micky Dee,

      Was thinking of how much you would probably like to be biking in the Umpqua National Forest. Looked like a great place to be biking! :-)

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      agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

      A cool adventure ! I just imagine the great time you did having a picnic at Apple Creek, wow I like that, not to mention the rafting, that's my favorite outdoor sport! It seems that you have a lot of beautiful experience to share from your traveling and you know how to present them in excellent hubs. Thank you Peggy.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      It's always a nice trip with Peggy!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi DjBryle,

      I appreciate your coming along on our long ago trip to the Umpqua River and other natural areas in Southwestern Oregon especially knowing that you are enjoying the journey. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lindsay Godfree,

      For this type of layout, just add loads of capsules...photo, text, link, video, etc. Then play around with the sizes of the photos to see what looks best. Nice to break up the text with other things. I am actually going back and reworking some of my earlier hubs and doing more of this. I don't know if it is better to just go forward and publish new ones, or rework older ones...so I do some of both these days. Hope that answers your question.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello sarovai,

      Like you, I also love scenic spots like what is found in so many places in Oregon. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela99,

      Your hub was WONDERFUL and I have already linked it to one or more of my Oregon hubs in the body with the "suggested links" highlighting of words. Yours was a total round up view of your trip and I am breaking mine into segments to more fully explore each area. As you say, Oregon is so beautiful. I also would like to go back someday. Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Kaie Arwen,

      So happy that you liked this hub showing this part of southwestern Oregon. I'm not sure which view you like best but Oregon has one view prettier than the next. Be sure and take your camera when you go visiting!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi suziecat7,

      So much of the State of Oregon is composed of natural settings and Nature does seem to set a beautiful and pristine palette. The Cascade Mountains, the forests, scenery like the Umpqua River and so much more...! Thanks for the visit.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      Wisconsin and Minnesota both have so many lakes and opportunities for aquatic activities. You can always go back in and add more capsules to already published hubs. I am doing that and also re-scanning photos with some of my older ones as time permits. My earlier attempts at writing hubs were not as good as my later ones. It is a learning process!

      Glad you enjoyed this look at more sites in Oregon. Just LOVE that Umpqua River! Have never seen a prettier one.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings Hello, hello,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed these photos from the Umpqua River and surrounding natural sites in Oregon.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi billyaustindillon,

      I told you that I was not done featuring the natural sites of Oregon. The Umpqua River is so beautiful that those memories still linger. It is a virtual playground for outdoor activities.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello zzron,

      I agree with you as to loving the beauty of Oregon. Thanks for the comment.

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      DjBryle 7 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      You can really take your readers to wonderful places simply by sharing great hubs like this! Thanks so much! =)

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      Lindsay Godfree 7 years ago from Arizona

      Great article! I love your layout! How can I learn how to do it?

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      sarovai 7 years ago

      Attractive scenic spot. I like this kind of scenic spot, with trees and background. Thank u for sharing.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Absolutely beautiful country. I have been to Oregon and did a hub on it but I have not been to this area. I definitely want to go back and visit.

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      Kaie Arwen 7 years ago

      Wow! I had wanted to go to Oregon during a recent visit with my son. I'm going to have to add a few days to the trip next time around........... absolutely beautiful! Thanks for taking me along........... I think I could live with that view! Kaie

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Everything is so pristine and beautiful. Great Hub.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Because I can't swim I have never done much in the way of water sports, except fishing when I was young. I t makes me think that I should have included such more when writing about Minnesota and Wisconsin.

      Oregon looks great. Thanks for the view.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      A beautiful, beautiful world. Thank you for writing this hub and showing theses wonderful places.

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      This does look like a great spot for an outdoors vacation - rafting, hiking and fishing - the shots are beautiful.

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      zzron 7 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Awesome hub, I love Oregon, it's so beautiful there.