Stretching from downtown Roseburg to Diamond Lake, Hwy 138 certainly has earned its title of “Hwy of Waterfalls.” It’s a stunning area and one of the best scenic drives in America. Along the way, you’ll find great fishing and numerous waterfalls for exploring.
See and Do
Hwy 138. There are several hiking trails along the North Umpqua River, including the North Umpqua Trail and the Wolf Creek Trail. Recently made handicapped accessible by the BLM, these trails follow the river and provide scenic vantage points for observing wildlife. Contact the BLM, Roseburg District Office for information.
Umpqua National Forest Recreational Area
Hwy 138. Along the North Umpqua River, through breathtaking scenery on the way to Diamond Lake. There is excellent camping and fishing for rainbow and steelhead trout. Mt. Thielsen and Mt. Bailey tower above the lake. The forest, named for Native Americans who once fished in the rivers, includes the following recreational areas: Boulder Creek, Mt. Thielsen, Rogue-Umpqua Divide, and the Cascades Recreation Area.
Hwy 138. Toketee, Fall Creek, Clearwater, Watson, Wolf Creek, and Cavitt Creek Falls are some of the nearly two dozen waterfalls along the North Umpqua River. The falls and nearby parking areas, with disabled access, are well marked on Hwy 138 beginning about 20 miles east of Roseburg.
Winchester Fish Ladder
Hwy 138. Three miles north of Roseburg, on the North Umpqua River at the I-5 Exit 129, this facility is free and open to the public. Salmon and steelhead are seen through a below-waterline window as they pass over the fish ladder.