North Umpqua River

Protecting access and habitat on a legendary Oregon river

Western Rivers Conservancy has protected prime fish and wildlife habitat and a key public access point on the North Umpqua River, one of the West's most important streams. The river is flanked for 80 miles by the North Umpqua Trail, which is used year-round by anglers, mountain bikers and hikers from around the world. Photo by Tyler Roemer.

In spring 2017, WRC conserved Swiftwater County Park (pictured), which was up for sale, in order to conserve an important stand of old-growth forest, key salmon and steelhead spawning beds and a popular trailhead at the beginning of the North Umpqua Trail. The trail provides outstanding access to the river and is one of the top-ranked mountain bike trails in the entire country. Photo by Andrew Krumler.

The North Umpqua is renowned for its challenging but outstanding fly fishing. Our efforts ensured a key stretch of the river remains open to the public for good. Photo by Loren Irving

Ranked as one of the International Mountain Bike Association's "Epic Rides," The North Umpqua Trail (aka, The NUT) is one of the country's most revered mountain bike destinations. Western Rivers Conservancy's efforts protected one of the most important trailheads on The NUT and help ensure the the trail remains easily accessible to all. Photo by Leslie Kehmeier.

The North Umpqua is home to relatively healthy runs of salmon and steelhead and is one of the few designated Salmon Strongholds in Oregon. Our efforts at Swiftwater Park protected nearly a mile of designated Critical Habitat for Oregon coast coho, a federally threatened species. Photo by Andrew Krumler.

In an effort to protect the North Umpqua's fish, 33 miles of the river have been designated for catch-and-release fly fishing only. Photo by Andrew Krumler.

The North Umpqua is known for its cold, clean and exceptionally clear water, characteristics that are becoming rarer and increasingly important as rivers throughout the West get warmer. This is one of the main reasons WRC jumped on the opportunity to acquire and protect a key reach of this unique Oregon river. By conserving this stretch of the North Umpqua, we have ensured it stays healthy for fish and wildlife - and for the many people who find solace on this great western stream. Photo by Tyler Roemer.

The North Umpqua Trail parallels the river for nearly 80 miles. Local trail advocates began work on the trail in the early 1970's, and it was finally completed in 1997. It has since become one of Oregon's most beloved outdoor destinations. WRC's acquisition of Swiftwater Park protected the westernmost trailhead and access to 15 miles of trail that winds east along the river with no other access until the Wright Creek Trailhead. Photo by Andrew Krumler.

The North Umpqua River. Photo by Larry Olson.

Low turbidity (except during peak flow periods), low levels of contaminants and pollutants, cool water temperatures and stable minimum in-stream flows all contribute to the North Umpqua's exceptional water clarity and and health. Photo by Tyler Roemer.