Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway

National Scenic BywayOregon

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  • Navigating Pinball Rapids on the North Umpqua

    The North Umpqua Wild & Scenic River offers challenging and exciting whitewater rafting. Dozens of Class III and one Class IV rapids provide an array of whitewater experiences for intermediate to advanced boaters.

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  • Crater Lake National Park

    Light shimmers on the deep blue waters of Crater Lake.

  • Crater Lake National Park

    From this viewpoint, the full bowl shape of the crater is easily seen.

  • Rabbit Ears in Oregon

    These jagged peaks in the Rogue River National Forest are a remnant of the core of an ancient volcano.

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  • An Idyllic Backdrop at the Woodruff Bridge

    Trees frame a small pond as water rushes over the rocks along the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway.

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  • A Diverse Collection

    A line up of cars awaits Jaguar lovers at the Jag Tour.

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  • Jaguar Tour Participants

    A group of the Jag Tour group takes a break from the cars and relaxes inside a stone-walled lodge.

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  • Snow-Covered Pine

    Snowfall rests on a pine bough.

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  • A Line of Jaguars

    Jaguars of a variety of colors and styles line up for perusal.

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  • Rushing Waters at Natural Bridge

    Moss-covered rocks line the white waters at Natural Bridge.

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  • Cascades of Water

    After a rainfall, the rapid flowing waters at Natural Bridge combine into white foam.

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  • Immersed in Whitewater Splendor

    Known as the "Emerald Jewel" of Oregon, kayakers can experience whitewater thrills in the 33.8 mile North Umpqua Wild & Scenic River corridor. With an average drop of 26 feet per river mile, the Class V river offers year-round kayaking excitement.

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  • Watching the Rushing Waters

    A group of visitors pause at the Colliding Rivers Overlook to view the swiftly flowing waters of the rivers below.

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  • Boating on the Lake

    A black and white photo portrays the quiet beauty of Diamond Lake.

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  • A Splash of Color

    Reds, golds and greens line the white water at Natural Bridge.

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  • Walking Alongside the Cars

    Subdued colors lend a surreal feeling in the early morning air around Crater Lake.

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  • Moss-Covered Rocks at Whitehorse

    Twin casacdes of water stream gently into the calm waters below lichen-covered walls.

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  • With the Hood Up

    An important part of being a Jaguar enthusiast is to examine all parts of the car.

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  • Jaguar Participants at Crater Lake National Park

    Jag Tour participants pose in front of the snow-covered ridges at Crater Lake.

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  • A Lovely Morning on Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway

    Morning mist rises above the North Umpqua River beside the Rogue Umpqua Scenic Byway.

  • Dogwood Blooms on the North Umpqua

    A flowering dogwood tree dominates the foreground as the North Umpqua River rushes past.

  • North Umpqua River

    Eddies and pools form in the swiftly rushing waters of the North Umpqua River.

  • Umpqua Rocks Geologic Area

    Visitors can experience millions of years of geologic time in just one day while traveling The Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway. Eroded remains of volcanic rock has resulted in numerous, jagged, vertical spires. Rattlesnake Rock rises above the North Umpqua River.

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  • Old Man Rock Geologic Formation

    Old Man Rock is one of the unique geologic highlights along the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway. Featured in many publications, this vertical spire lumes over the North Umpqua River and is a favorite photo stop for river and highway travelers.

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  • Toketee Falls

    One of the most beautiful of the fifteen waterfalls located along the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, Toketee Falls is two-tiered with water drops of 40 and 80 feet. Derived from the Chinook language, the word "toketee" means "pretty" or "graceful" - an apt name for this inspiring waterfall. Access to the Falls is four-tenths of a mile over pathway, stone steps, boardwalk and stairs to a viewing platform.

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  • Upper Rogue National Wild & Scenic River

    Autumn colors grace the Upper Rogue National Wild & Scenic River at Riverbridge Campground on the Rogue River National Forest.

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  • Autumn Reflections on the North Umpqua River

    Vibrant autumn color reflects on the pools of the North Umpqua River where beauty is abundant year-round. Pools intermingle with rapids and riffles creating opportunities to watch migrating fish seasonally leap through the fast water stretches and glide effortlessly in the pools.

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  • Fall Creek Falls

    A National Recreation Trail passes through a narrow bedrock crevice and lush vegetation for one mile to reach this double falls with tiers of 35 and 50 feet. The Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway features fifteen waterfalls along its 172-mile route.

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  • Premier Angling on the North Umpqua River

    The combination of large summer-run steelhead, "fly-angling only" restriction, magestic scenery and emerald green waters draw anglers world-wide. The North Umpqua is distinguished from other rivers by the large and consistent numbers of native (non-hatchery) summer steelhead and is considered to be one of the most outstanding fisheries in the world.

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  • Autumn at Susan Creek Recreation Area

    Located in the heart of the Western Oregon Cascade Mountains, this recreation site is one of the most accessible sites managed by the Bureau of Land Management for people with disabilities . Travel is enjoyable in any season and frequent mist creates captivating views.

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  • Historic Mott Bridge

    The Mott Bridge, built in 1935-36 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and is an Oregon Civil Engineering Historic Landmark. This three-spandral arch bridge is the only surviving example of three such structures built at that time in the Pacific Northwest. It provides access to the 79-mile North Umpqua Trail and an interpretive information kiosk across the river from State Highway 138.

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  • Fly Fishing Spots on North Umpqua River

    Fishing holes abound along this stretch of the North Umpqua River, enticing anglers for a relaxing afternoon of fly fishing.

  • Swiftwater Recreation Area Interpretive Exhibits

    One of twenty-nine interpretive sites along the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, Swiftwater features byway orientation and interpretation of anadromous fisheries. This popular spot is accessible and a favorite place to picnic, fish and watch other people fish.

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  • Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway

    The Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway parallels 73 miles of two national wild and scenic rivers, the Upper Rogue and North Umpqua. Outstanding scenery, high quality access, and diverse recreational opportunities occur in this ideal setting. This particular stretch of road passes through the Umpqua National Forest.

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  • A Curve along the Rogue Umpqua National Scenic Byway

    A bend in Rogue Umpqua National Scenic Byway takes you through deep green trees along the North Umpqua River.

  • Cross-Country Skiing in the Oregon Cascades

    Cross-country skiing is a favorite pastime in the Upper Rogue country with an "active" volcano, Mt. McLoughlin, towering nearby.

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  • Union Creek Resort

    Enjoy the ambience of the 1930's Civilian Conservation Corps era in this small community in the woods. Listed on the Register of Historic Places, the Union Creek Resort is part of the Union Creek Historic District.

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  • Rabbit Ears Geologic Formation

    Geologists speculate that the unique twin shapes were once part of a large caldera.

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  • Upper Rogue Gorge

    See the Rogue River carve its way through narrow basalt canyons and lava tubes at two geologic interpretive sites less than one mile apart. The rushing river cuts through 1.25 million year old hardened lava flows, forming natural bridges and gorges. "First you see it, then you don't."

  • Tree-Lined Waterway at the Rogue-Umpqua Byway

    Pine trees line the edge of the Rogue River as it tumbles down the rocky hills.

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  • Natural Bridge on the Rogue River

    A graceful looking rock bridge arches over the rushing waters of the Rogue River.

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  • A Scenic View of the Forest Around Rabbit Ears

    A forest of pine trees lines the edges of the Rabbit Ears mountains.

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  • A Grounds-Eye View of Rabbit Ears

    From the ground is a truly magnificent view of the tall peaks of the Rabbit Ears.

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  • North Umpqua River

    Rogue Umpqua National Scenic Byway skirts the cool waters of the North Umpqua River.

  • Clearwater Falls

    Clearwater Falls cascades down rocks covered in effulgent emerald moss.

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  • Whistler's Bend Park

    Sunlight falls on Whistler's Bend Park, reflecting off the lucid water. Trees line a hill in the background and offset the rocky riverscape.

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  • Joseph H. Stewart State Park at Sunset

    The sun sets on a tree in the Joseph H. Stewart State Park. The green leaves are drowned in golden light and the lake in the background mirrors the clear azure sky.

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  • Presenting Designation Plaque to Oregon's Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway

    Oregon's Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway receives their designation plaque at the Designation 2002 event at Union Station in Washington DC.

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  • Clearwater Falls on a Bright October Day

    Take a short walk and feel the crystal clear, frigid water of the Clearwater River as it cascades over moss-covered rocks at Clearwater Falls.

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  • Del Rio Vineyard with Roses

    Roses bloom in front of the rolling vineyard of Del Rio Vineyards.

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  • Visitors at Diamond Lake Viewpoint

    View year-round recreation playground Diamond Lake from the new viewpoint along Highway 138. Across the lake is Mt. Bailey, an ancient volcano towering at 8,375-feet high.

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  • Lemolo Lake and Mt. Thielsen

    A boat tows a water skier on Lemolo Lake with Mt. Thielson in the background. A lodgepole pine forest surrounds a small resort, day-use area, and campgrounds.

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  • Lower Table Rock in the Spring

    Hike up one of the two scenic mesas, Lower and Upper Table Rocks, for a panoramic view of the Rogue Valley and surrounding mountains.

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  • Looking towards Mt. Thielsen from the Byway

    Stop at the Mt. Thielsen Viewpoint along Highway 230 and see this ancient volcano towering at 9,182-feet high.

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  • North Umpqua River at Boulder Flat

    This is a relatively calm section of the North Umpqua River on a fall day, as seen from Boulder Flat Campground in the Umpqua National Forest.

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  • Watson Falls

    About 750,000 years ago, volcanic eruptions produced a hot molten lava flow that filled this valley hundreds of feet deep with basaltic rock. Watson Creek spills over the northern edge of this flow to form Watson Falls.

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  • Whitehorse Falls

    This waterfall tumbles 15 feet into a punchbowl, providing a relaxing setting to sit and enjoy the scenery.

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  • Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway Road Sign

    This road sign is used to help travelers find the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway.

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  • Elevation Rock in the Afternoon

    This is Elevation Rock in the afternoon. Also visible is the North Umpqua river, which flows along the route of the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway.

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  • South Shady Cove

    A windmill rises over a restaurant and shopping complex on the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway in Shady Cove.

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  • Byway Signage Off I-5 by Gold Hill

    An Oregon state byway sign and an America's Byways sign mark the southwestern terminus to the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway.

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  • Driving Past Table Rocks in Southern Oregon

    The Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway (SR 234) runs straight and smooth through the farm and ranchland past both Table Rocks.

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  • Paddling on the Rogue River by Gold Hill

    Three boats drift lazily down a calmer stretch of the Rogue River by the town of Gold Hill.

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  • Jumping Off Cliffs on the Rogue River

    A teenage boy sails out over the Rogue River from a rope dangling off a bridge, about to drop into the waters below. Others watch, waiting their turn to cool off.

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  • Rogue River By Gold Hill

    A single boat floats down the gentle waters of the Rogue River gorge by Gold Hill, Oregon.

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  • Main Street of Gold Hill

    Refurbished shops, many with Old West-style fronts, line the main street through Gold Hill, Oregon.

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  • History of Gold Hill

    A rustic wooden sign in downtown Gold Hill tells of the small town's exciting gold rush days.

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  • Rose and Gold Hill Museum Sign

    A red rose frames the wooden sign in front of the Gold Hill Historical Society Museum in downtown Gold Hill.

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  • Gold Hill Museum

    Red-painted banisters and white trim highlight the small frame house that houses the Gold Hill Historical Society Museum.

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  • Learning About the Area at Gold Nugget Recreation Site

    At the Gold Nugget Recreation Site, a family reads about the Gold Rush days along the Rogue River.

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  • Camping at Rogue Elk County Park

    Campers take advantage of the shady campsites at the Rogue Elk County Park.

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  • Rogue Elk Boat Launch

    Travelers utilize one of several boat launch areas to begin their float down the Rogue River in Rogue Elk County Park.

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  • Rogue Elk Rafters

    Rafters enjoy floating along a calm stretch of the Rogue River near Rogue Elk County Park.

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  • Gold Nugget Recreation Area Sign

    A sign about the Gold Nugget Recreation Area sits amidst evergreens.

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  • "Lure of Gold" Sign

    An informational sign at the Gold Nugget Wayside Area explains the "Lure of Gold" in the area in 1849.

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  • Information Sign about the Takelma People

    An informational sign at the Gold Nugget Wayside Recreation Area recounts the history of the Takelma people in the area.

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  • High Cascades Ranger Station

    The brown and gold USFS sign and logo stands on its stone base outside the long and low building housing the High Cascades Ranger Station in the Rogue River - Siskiyou National Forest of southern Oregon.

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  • In the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

    A brown and gold sign next to the road outside the High Cascades Ranger Station names the forest as the Rogue River - Siskiyou National Forest.

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  • McGregor Park Fishing Area at Lost Creek Reservoir

    One of the features of McGregor Park near Lost Creek Reservoir is a simple fishing area near SR 62 and Takelma Drive, which has paths to the river, a latrine and paved parking.

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  • Cole M. Rivers Fish Hatchery

    A small enclosure overlooking the Cole M. Rivers Fish Hatchery includes interpretive signs explaining about the purpose and mission of the facility.

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  • Fish Tanks at Cole M. Rivers Fish Hatchery

    Large circular tanks dot the foreground at the Cole M. Rivers Fish Hatchery at Lost Creek Dam.

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  • View of Fish Tanks at Cole M. Rivers Fish Hatchery

    Rows of large tanks dot the concrete field south of the Cole M. Rivers Fish Hatchery building.

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  • Log Crossing over Mill Creek

    A fallen log forms a bridge across Mill Creek near Mill Creek Campground in the Rogue River National Forest.

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  • Entrance to Joseph Stewart State Park

    A brown and gold sign highlighted by the blue logo of the Oregon State Parks Program stands out against the tall conifers at the road leading to Joseph Stewart State Park.

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  • Store and Cafe at Stewart State Park Marina

    A rustic store and cafe at the marina provides meals, supplies, equipment and other necessities to the visitors to Joseph Stewart State Park.

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  • In Front of National Creek Falls

    A makeshift log bridge makes a handy spot from which to view the multiple streams of National Creek Falls.

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  • Welcome to Natural Bridge

    A map at the beginning of the hike to Natural Bridge in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest orients travelers to the upcoming natural attraction.

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  • Rogue River from Bridge

    Viewed from the pedestrian (non-natural) bridge, the Rogue River plunges through a lava gorge on the Natural Bridge Trail.

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  • Fishing at Natural Bridge

    Two youngsters fish from the rocky lava flow cliffs at Natural Bridge.

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  • Sign at the Natural Bridge

    An interpretive sign on the hiking trail to the Natural Bridge explains how the hidden river vanishes into the lava tube for 200 feet, forming the natural bridge.

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  • Looking Out over Hidden River

    Two senior citizens look out over the Rogue River on the Natural Bridge hiking trail.

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  • Looking Down the River at Natural Bridge

    The whitewater of the Rogue River rushes through the Rogue River gorge's lava flow on the Natural Bridge hiking trail.

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  • Natural Bridge and the Hidden River

    The "Hidden River" emerges from the lava flow that forms the Natural Bridge.

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  • Facilities at Casey Recreation Area

    Signs help guide travelers to their destination in the Casey Recreation Area at Rogue Elk County Park.

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  • Fishing the Rogue River at Casey Recreation Area

    A fisherman casts his line in the shallows of the majestic Rogue River.

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