Copeland Creek - Second Bridge to North Umpqua

Copeland Creek, Oregon, US


Second Bridge to North Umpqua (Copland Creek)

Usual Difficulty IV(V) (for normal flows)
Length 5.7 Miles
Avg. Gradient 120 fpm

Fountain of Youth

Fountain of Youth
Photo of Steve Stuckmeyer by Thomas O'Keefe taken 01/08/06

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-14316495 3.70 - 5.00 ft IV(V) 00h46m 4.32 ft (running)

River Description

This run is steep, active, serious Class IV. The rocks are sharp and unavoidable. There is a 15 foot waterfall in the middle of the lower section with an unpleasant portage.


This run splits conveniently into two sections.

Upper Section

I have not run this section myself. Check out the description, with pictures and shuttle directions, in Jason Rackley's excellent Oregon Kayaking site.



Lower Section

Look over the put-in bridge at the first drop. This is about average. You will be required to do things more difficult than this.

The next drop is not visible from the put-in. When you get there look hard before you portage. This is as hard as it gets (except for the waterfall and logs). If you decide to portage because you're scared, get out a rope and climb up to the road high above. If you decide to portage to save your boat the indignity of a really bad ding then you're probablly doing the right thing.



Helmet cam view of the run


To get to the take-out: Take I5 to Roseburg exit 124 and follow the signs to state highway 138 east. Go east just past MP 51 to Copeland Creek. It is well marked. Take out under the bridge or down the Umpqua.

To get to the mid point put-in: Go up Copeland Creek Road (USFS 28) two miles to the first bridge. Cross the bridge and park. Put in at the 'pump chance' WO 30307.

To get to the put-in: Stop at the mid point put-in and gaze at the rapid downstream. Go back accross the bridge and continue up river left on the dirt road (Copeland Creek Road USFS 2801). Bear left at all intersections. After two and a half miles turn left at USFS 2801-300. Cross the bridge and park in the hunters camp. Carry down to the creek from here. A much nicer put-in is 0.2 miles downstream at 'pump chance' WO 3040.

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Last Updated: 2011-02-25 22:20:03


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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August 27 2006 (4530 days ago)
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I saw on the Umpqua national forest web site that they are going to be adding wood to copeland
creek starting at the end of august into early september to inprove spawning habitat. hope they
consider boaters when adding logs to the creek!!
January 10 2006 (4759 days ago)
Thomas O'KeefeDetails
We did the lower section during Jan 2006 and this really is a great run--one of those 2 mile runs
where you feel like you're getting 10 miles worth of rapids. There are ledges, boulder gardens, and
even a nice clean 15' falls. It is one of the finest class IV creeking runs in the region. Flow for
the N. Umpqua ab. Copland reading 2380 cfs which was at the lower end of the range for this run but
still at a good flow and a great level for a first run or those working to hone their creeking
skills. It would get a bit more pushy at higher flows.