Umpqua National Forest

We have headed into Central Oregon as it makes a transition from coastal forests to the Cascades.  Spectacular mountains with trees 70 – 100 feet tall.  There isn’t the undergrowth like in the rain forest but still lots of small shrubs, etc.  The sweet smell of the Ponderosa Pine trees is a delight to experience – especially in the morning and evening hours.

We stopped at a couple of campgrounds in the Umpqua National Forest since the terrain wasn’t as conducive for dispersed camping.

Diamond Lake in Umpqua National Forest

Diamond Lake in Umpqua National Forest

Diamond Lake is at one mile elevation and is entirely in the Umpqua National Forest so it is not rimmed with hotels, restaurants, etc.  The large forest service campground is right on the lake and has several loops on it.  You can choose a lake side spot for an extra $6 per night +$16.  Totally worth it.

Huge sites at Diamond Lake

Huge sites at Diamond Lake

The sites are BIG and you can pull your kayak, canoe or PortaBote up to your campsite.  We only stayed one night but will be back.  We enjoyed an afternoon of sunshine and had happy hour by the lake to see the sunset.

Sunset over Diamond Lake

Sunset over Diamond Lake

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Bogus Creek Campground is located across the road from the banks of the North Umpqua River.  It is a small campground with only 15 sites and lots of undergrowth between each site to make them feel separated.  Even though it has no hookups (only a shared water spigot for the campground) the $15 is worth it for the serene surrounding and giant pine trees. It gets bonus points because it actually has flush toilets, soap, and paper towels in the bathrooms.  If you camp a lot in public campgrounds, you know this is not the norm.

 

North Umpqua River

North Umpqua River

Beautiful place to fish or kayak

Beautiful place to fish or kayak

 

 

Host made beautiful designs at each site

 

 

fire danger

 

 

Almost daily we are reminded how insensitive, uncaring, and selfish people are.  Most of the time we try to look past it because we can’t change them and dwelling on it can just plain make us crazy.  Sometimes you just can’t ignore it though.  There have been LOTS of fires in the NW since this part of the country is experiencing long term drought conditions.  All areas have bans on use of fires, charcoal and some don’t allow white gas camp stoves.  We were at a campground and the host told us about a group that started a campfire and were asked to put it out.  They refused.  The sheriff was called and they still refused until he pulled out a pad to write them a $750 ticket.  So sad and so madding at the same time.

Dunes at the National Rec area

Dunes at the National Rec area

Oh yes, I did forget to include a couple of other shots from the coast.  We spent a day exploring the National Dunes Recreation area located in the Siuslaw National Forest so I couldn’t resist a couple of pics of the dunes.

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2 Responses to Umpqua National Forest

  1. Marijke Schellenbach says:

    You are going to se Crater Lake aren’t you!?

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