Oregon’s North Umpqua:

A Legendary Stretch of Water

The North Umpqua River, located near the town of Roseburg in southern Oregon, is one the most revered steelhead streams in North America. For several generations, loyal believers have tested their skills on this most challenging of streams. The stream flows through basalt bedrock, which provides unequaled structure and beauty in an unparalleled setting.

Emergency Closure of the North Umpqua River – August 10, 2021, – November 30, 2021

ROSEBURG, Ore – Low numbers of summer steelhead returning to the North Umpqua River prompted state fishery managers to close the river and its tributaries to all angling from the mouth to the marker below Soda Springs Dam. The emergency closure is effective Aug. 10 through Nov. 30, 2021.

Initial counts of summer steelhead passing Winchester Dam are historically low at about 20 percent of average. These counts are determined from Winchester Dam video of migrating fish as well as from snorkel counts in Steamboat and Canton Creeks.

“This information, along with the continued low flow and high water temperatures, led us to this decision. We plan to have this closure in place through November to provide as much protection as possibly for these wild summer steelhead,” said Evan Leonetti, assistant district fisheries biologist.

Greg Huchko, Umpqua district fish biologist said the decision was not easy to make and he hopes anglers will understand the need for the closure during these unprecedented decisions.

The North Umpqua River faces unprecedented conditions with a changing climate coupled with the catastrophic effects of multiple fires. It needs our support now. We will continue to help address limiting factors and restore these iconic runs to historical abundance.

If you have any questions or comments please let us know. Feel free to send us a message via our board email.

Jack Creek Fire Update: July 16, 2021

The Jack Fire was reported at approximately 5:00 pm on July 5, 2021. Given the steep terrain, fuels, and inaccessibility, the fire grew quickly. The fire in burning north of State Hwy 138 and east of Forest Road 4713 (Jack Creek Road).

The Jack Fire is currently estimated at 16,667 acres and is 25% contained. North of Hwy. 138 resources continue to successfully hold the fire within the planned containment lines. Firefighters are working to clear vegetation on the remaining portion on the containment line on the northern perimeter. As mop-up is completed, crews will be shifted to different parts of the fire to help with suppression efforts.

South of HWY 138, firefighters aided by air resources have established containment lines along the eastern and western perimeter of the fire. Crews will continue bringing line down and around the southern edge of the fire with the goal of completing line construction within the planned containment area. Resources are using a combination of hand and dozer line supported by water drops and fire suppressant to establish the remaining containment line. Firefighters will burn away vegetation when needed to maintain the line.

Please give fire management agencies space to fight yet another wildfire in the North Umpqua watershed. Read the full writeup and updates on the fire here. 

A full map of the fire including the size of the fire can be found here.

Designated as Fly Fishing Only

From Rock Creek, near the town of Glide, upstream to the Soda Springs dam is a stretch of over 30 river miles, designated as fly fishing only, that is as legendary as any stretch of water in the world. Everything about fishing the North Umpqua is challenging. The wading can be treacherous and deep, the casting long, and the fish temperamental.

Help us Protect this Fragile Resource

Needless to say, resources such as this are scarce, and, unfortunately, there always seem to be forces at work to deplete and exploit them.

The Steamboaters is an organization that started as a social fishing club. When threats to the river became dire, the Steamboaters answered the call and, for more than 51 years, have worked tirelessly to protect this fragile resource.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions about Steamboaters, what we’re currently working on, or management issues which can affect the River or her fish populations, write to us at:

The Steamboaters
PO Box 396
Idleyld Park, OR 97447

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As a Steamboater, I agree to promote good sportsmanship and the tradition of fly-fishing, the protection and restoration of the natural production of wild fish populations, the habitat which sustains them, and the unique aesthetic values of the North Umpqua River for present and future generations.

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