Things to do on the River




Steamboat Inn is located in the middle of 31 miles of "fly-fishing only" water on the North Umpqua River. The river is famous as the home of some of the most challenging steelhead fishing in the world. The river bottom is extremely slippery, the current strong and the fish most particular! The average North Umpqua steelhead weighs eight pounds, with an occasional fifteen pounder.

You can fish the North Umpqua the year around for steelhead. Steelhead begin to arrive in the fly water in June; by July the fishing begins in earnest and continues through Thanksgiving. Winter steelheading is much more weather dependent; fishing can be good from late January through mid April. The regulations call for barbless hook, artificial fly only and catch & release of all wild fish in the fly water. The Umpqua River basin is closed to trout fishing below Soda Springs Dam.

To most fly fishermen, the ultimate challenge is the steelhead, the wary and tenacious sea-going trout. Ernie Schwiebert called it "the unmistakable royalty of the Pacific Coast." Jack Hemingway called the water just upstream from Steamboat Inn "the greatest stretch of summer steelhead water in the United States." To Zane Grey, the swift water of the North Umpqua and the incredible fish it holds were a fable come to life and a cause for celebration. Guests at Steamboat Inn walk the same banks, fish the same waters and engage for a time in the same celebration.

Stop by our fly shop for equipment and tips.

Local Guides

Steelhead Water - Rich Zellman 541-890-7084

Renton's River Adventures - Dillon Renton 541-480-8067



The North Umpqua River provides a whitewater rafting experience unlike any other.  The North Umpqua has more rapids per mile than other local rivers including numerous class II and III rapids.  The pristine scenery can't be topped. 

Local Guides

North Umpqua Outfitters - 888-454-9696

Orange Torpedo - 800-635-2925


Waterfalls and Swimming Holes

There are many beautiful waterfalls in the area.  Some of our favorites are Susan Creek Falls, Fall Creek Falls, Toketee Falls, and Watson Falls.  Ask the front desk for a free map. 

Steamboat Creek and Canton Creek have lots of great swimming holes for cooling off on a summer day.