Reedsport and Winchester Bay, OR

Reedsport, Oregon

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A gathering the waters of two dozen other rivers and creeks before joining the South Umpqua near Roseburg. From there the mighty river courses north and west through the Coast Range, creating what might be called the Valley of the Green Giant, because that’s exactly what the Umpqua is by the time its slate-green waters pass beneath the State Route 38 bridge at Scottsburg, the head of tidewater. Flanked by emerald mountains, the great river parallels State Route 38 for another 16 miles and is joined by the Smith River before passing beneath the U.S. 101 bridge at Reedsport. Beyond, it rounds the big bend just past Gardiner, swings southward, and becomes Winchester Bay. Having traversed the breadth of Douglas County and wended its way through the canyons, gorges, and benchlands of two mountain ranges, the Umpqua has become the largest coastal river between the Columbia and San Francisco Bay. The Umpqua and Smith Rivers and Winchester Bay are no longer merely modes of conveyance; they now provide a more important commodity to residents and visitors alike: fun. This watery world has become a coastal playground, attracting campers, boaters, crabbers, clam diggers, anglers, beachcombers, wildlife watchers, photographers, artists, and folks who would just as soon sit back, relax, and let it all happen. Great beaches, the longest in the state, sprawl northward and southward from the mouth of the estuary.

Reedsport & Winchester Bay, OR Professional Review and Guide

"A gathering the waters of two dozen other rivers and creeks before joining the South Umpqua near Roseburg. From there the mighty river courses north and west through the Coast Range, creating what might be called the Valley of the Green Giant, because that’s exactly what the Umpqua is by the time its slate-green waters pass beneath the State Route 38 bridge at Scottsburg, the head of tidewater. Flanked by emerald mountains, the great river parallels State Route 38 for another 16 miles and is joined by the Smith River before passing beneath the U.S. 101 bridge at Reedsport. Beyond, it rounds the big bend just past Gardiner, swings southward, and becomes Winchester Bay.

Having traversed the breadth of Douglas County and wended its way through the canyons, gorges, and benchlands of two mountain ranges, the Umpqua has become the largest coastal river between the Columbia and San Francisco Bay. The Umpqua and Smith Rivers and Winchester Bay are no longer merely modes of conveyance; they now provide a more important commodity to residents and visitors alike: fun. This watery world has become a coastal playground, attracting campers, boaters, crabbers, clam diggers, anglers, beachcombers, wildlife watchers, photographers, artists, and folks who would just as soon sit back, relax, and let it all happen. Great beaches, the longest in the state, sprawl northward and southward from the mouth of the estuary."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Reedsport
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Contact information for all attractions is provided in the eTrail
Driving Directions: Directions to Reedsport & Winchester Bay, OR

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May 2018