High Country Expeditions leads whitewater rafting trips on some of the finest scenic rivers in Oregon and California.
North Umpqua Valley
The Umpqua River Valley’s riches nurtured generations of traders, loggers and farmers. Its wealth of natural and historical treasures unfold as you wind through the Coast Range to the Pacific.
This 66-mile journey offers sweeping vistas of the ever-changing valleys of one the state’s most storied river corridors. The Umpqua itself is at the center of the Byway’s appeal, its cascading waters giving way to rugged rapids and then wide expanses of slowly meandering water as it nears its terminus. Recreational opportunities abound—you can sip wine at one of 19 wineries that are on or accessible from the route, wet a line in the Umpqua for migrating steelhead or salmon or pause at waysides to spy rare birds and trees.
The dense forests along the byway provide an ever-changing visual treat—a riot of verdant greens in the spring and summer, and a kaleidoscope of reds and yellows in the fall. Along the way, you’ll likely come upon elk, turkey and other fauna that call the Umpqua Valley home.