Little Falls – Steamboat Creek | Swimming & Cliff Jumping

Little Falls - Steamboat Creek

Little Falls - Steamboat Creek

Little Falls - Cliff Jumping

Little Falls - Steamboat Creek

Little Falls

• Little Falls is one of the 25 beautiful waterfalls in the Umpqua National Forest
• A popular summer destination with swimming and cliff jumping opportunities



Little Falls on Steamboat Creek is a beautiful small waterfall within the boundaries of the Umpqua National Forest, 40 miles east of Roseburg. This is one of the many favorite summer destinations on Steamboat and Canton Creeks - a tributary of the North Umpqua River. Little Falls is located 0.7 miles upstream of Canton Creek Campground and 5 miles downstream of Steamboat Falls.

In summer, when water level is low, the creek is breaking into a few segments and pours a short distance over the edge of a basalt cliff into a deep dark-green hole.

The rock cliffs and huge boulders are great platforms for sunbathing and cliff jumping. The rocks and cliffs are easily climbed. The relatively warm water of the creek in summer is comfortable for dipping. There are small and shallow pools with rapids above the waterfall. The deep stretch of the creek below the falls is great for longer swimming but beware of jumpers.

Due to the Steamboat Creek is a very important steelhead spawning grounds, fishing is not allowed.

Limited unpaved parking area is located along the road.



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Little Falls | General Description

Open: Year-round
Managed: US Forest Service
Location: Umpqua National Forest

Services: None
Activities: Swimming, cliff jumping, hiking, nature viewing, and photography
Accommodations: Steamboat Falls Campground - 5 miles west, Canton Creek Campground - 1 mile west

Distance from the trailhead: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: Free
Popularity: Low to moderate
Restrictions: No fishing, no mining

Elevation (waterfall): 1,200 ft (366 m)

Little Falls is located:

  • 40 miles east of Roseburg
  • 107 miles southeast of Eugene
  • 137 miles north of Medford
  • 158 miles southwest of Bend.

Waterfall Facts
Total height: 8 ft (2.4 m)
Watercourse: Steamboat Creek
Number of drops: Two
Primary form: Segmented Plunges
Seasonality: 12 months

Characteristics
Swimming hole rating: 4 out of 5
Water body: Creek
Water quality: Transparent
Current: Light to moderate
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: Cliffs, river boulders
Water T° (summer): Cool to warm (68°F in August)

Directions

From Roseburg,

  • Take OR-138 East (Diamond Lake Boulevard) and go about 38.7 miles to Steamboat Creek Road (Forest Service Road 38)
  • Turn left onto Steamboat Creek Road and continue 1.3 miles to a turnout near the falls.

GPS: N 43°21.381' W 122°43.142' | 43.356, -122.719






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