Umpqua National Forest, in southern Oregon's Cascade Range, covers an area of 983129acre in Douglas, Lane, and Jackson counties, and borders Crater Lake National Park. The four ranger districts for the forest are the Cottage Grove, Diamond Lake, North Umpqua, and Tiller ranger districts. The forest is managed by the United States Forest Service, headquartered in Roseburg.To visit Umpqua National Forest on your holiday in Umpqua, and find out what else Umpqua has to offer, use our Umpqua trip itinerary planner .
Stands of western hemlock, true fir, Douglas-fir and cedar transition to lower-elevation forests of mixed conifers and hardwoods. Timbered valleys of old-growth ponderosa and groves of oak separate mountains like the 9182ft Mount Thielsen and the 8363ft Mount Bailey. Notable geologic features include volcanic basalt and andesite monolithic spires with descriptive names like Eagle Rock, Rattlesnake Rock, and Old Man.
Ancestors of the Umpqua, Southern Molala, Yoncalla, and Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians lived here before Mount Mazama erupted forming Crater Lake nearly 7,000 years ago. The Indians were moved to reservations in 1856. As Europeans bought reservation lands, the tribes further fragmented to become farmers and ranchers in the Umpqua Valley. Two translations of the word "umpqua" are "thundering waters" and "across the waters".
Umpqua National Forest Reviews
We delighted in this visit, albeit a fast one. The drive through the area along the Umpqua River was magnificent. It’s like a slice of heaven. I loved the road signs marking the way and numerous stops... more »
Completely compelling and awesome. The natural world lay bare for us. What's not to like. Discover for yourselves more »
A beautiful forest enjoy it whenever you can. Lots of wildlife and beautiful lakes to see. Beware of mosquitoes - they are plentiful so being spray repellent and use it, it doesn't stop them completely but does help keep you from being eaten alive. Plenty of decent fishing spots here also like diamond lake (boat has much better access to the fish). Also be aware that cell phone service is very limited here. All in all a wonderful place for day trips or camping.
Beautiful forest with well-kept roads, very nice campgrounds, and friendly staff. Diamond Lake Campground had warm water, showers, boat ramp, and even a fish cleaning station. The sunset from campsite A18 was absolutely beautiful. Bring your bug repellent!
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