Canton Creek Campground is a relatively small campground located within the boundaries of the Umpqua National Forest near the spot where Canton Creek flows into Steamboat Creak under the bridge, just a half mile before Steamboat Creek enters the North Umpqua River.
Canton Creek Day-Use and Campground Area is a great destination for visitors interested in a variety of outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, picnicking, and sunbathing.
The campground itself offers five campsites with fire rings and tables for picnic. There is also a covered pavilion for day visitors with picnic tables and grills. The campground has a bathroom with a flush toilet and running water, but it is not wheelchair accessible. Two water spigots are located on both ends of the campsite.
Surrounded by large rocks and rock ledges, a deep swimming hole is located just a few yards downstream of the confluence of the creeks. The water is warm during the summer months and comfortable for swimming from June through August.
A swimming pool is easily accessible from the campground and day-use parking area. From the parking, walk upstream to the covered picnic gazebo and a metal construction to measure water levels in the creek.
There are three hiking trails 7.5 miles in total. The trails provide excellent opportunities for mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians to enjoy their favorite activities in the impressive scenery of the Umpqua National Forest .
Fuller Lake Trail (#1543)
Easy | 5.2 miles out & back | 200 feet elevation gain
Located within the Bulldog Roadless Recreation Area. The trail leads to Fuller Lake which is often stocked with Eastern brook and rainbow trout. There are huckleberries in the August. Free overnight camping is available. The trail can be used for hiking, mountain biking, and horse riding.
Bulldog Rock Trail (#1534)
Difficult | 5.2 miles out & back | 500 feet elevation gain
Located within the Bulldog Roadless Recreation Area. Travel through Bullpup Lake, rock outcropping, meadows, and blue huckleberries in the late summer. The trail is open for hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, and OHV motorcycle riding. Camping is available near the South Trailhead.
Wild Rose Trail (#1535)
Moderate | 2.4 miles out & back | 400 feet elevation gain
The high elevation trail (5,000 feet) connects Wild Rose campground and Illahee Rock Lookout. The trail is open for hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, and OHV motorcycle riding.
Due to Steamboat and Canton Creeks are the main steelhead trout spawning tributaries of the North Umpqua River, fishing is not allowed. Fishing is available in the small ponds or lakes and in the North Umpqua River. Natural lakes or man-made ponds are stocked with rainbow trouts by ODFW.
Canton Creek Campground | General Description
Open: May 16 - October
Managed: US Forest Service
Location: Umpqua National Forest
Services: Flush toilet, drinking water, covered picnic pavilion, no garbage disposal
Activities: Swimming, hiking, picnicking
Accommodations: 5 campsites with picnic tables and fire pits, reservation through recreation.gov is highly recommended
Distance from the trailhead: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: Free
Restrictions: No fishing, no mining
Elevation (waterfall): 1,150 ft (351 m)
Steamboat Falls is located:
- 39 miles east of Roseburg
- 106 miles southeast of Eugene
- 136 miles north of Medford
- 137 miles southwest of Bend.
- Take OR-138 East (Diamond Lake Boulevard) and follow to Steamboat Creek Road (Forest Service Road 38) for about 38.7 miles
- Turn left onto Steamboat Creek Road and continue 0.5 miles to Canton Creek Campground on the right.