The Susan Creek Day-Use Area is a relaxing location where visitors can enjoy a lunch break and observe the North Umpqua River, or try fly-fishing in the waters below, take a nature hike, or launch a raft or kayak on the North Umpqua River. The site lies one-half mile downstream from Susan Creek Campground and is connected by a trail along the forested river bank. Conveniences include flush restrooms, picnic sites and tables.
Adjacent to the day-use area, the Susan Creek Raft Put-In / Take-Out accommodates river access for whitewater enthusiasts. The float from the Wright Creek Bridge down to the Susan Creek take-out is six miles long and contains Class 1-3 rapids, a mild to moderate float. It is the same distance and whitewater challenge from Susan Creek downstream to Cable Crossing wayside where one should take-out before reaching Deadline Falls, a dangerous Class 5 rapid.
The day-use area also serves as a trailhead for the Susan Creek Falls Trail which begins across Highway 138 from the parking lot. Susan Creek Falls is a spectacular 50-foot waterfall which plummets over moss lined volcanic rock cliffs. It is located 0.8 mile up the trail from the Susan Creek Day-Use Area. Slopes of the trail have been designed and constructed under 8% (averaging 4-5%) for accessibility to all, including seniors, persons with disabilities, and families with children. It is rated easy for hikers and moderately difficult for wheelchair users. Another 0.4 mile up the trail from the falls, hikers can visit the Susan Creek Indian Mounds. (Rated: difficult hike) Moss-covered rocks piled up are believed to be a spiritual site which was visited young American Indians. They would spend the night in fasting and search of a vision of a guardian spirit. Stones were piled up in hopes that such a vision would be granted. Caution: this upper portion of the trail has a natural abundance of poison oak and is a strenuous hike.
29 miles east of Roseburg on Highway 138.
Camping Fishing Picnicking Water Sports
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