Umpqua River

Pronounced UMP-kwaa, this is one of the principle rivers of the Oregon Coast, running 111 miles (178 km) and draining a large number of valleys west of the Coast Mountain Range. The river and heavy precipitation allow for the growth of thick forests important to Oregon’s lumber industry. The river widens considerably near the town of Reedsport, forming Winchester Bay before it empties into the Pacific Ocean.

  • This historic state park may be one of the best places on the Oregon Coast to spot migrating Gray Whales due to their curious relationship with the Umpqua River.

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