Within a short distance from Roseburg you will find beautiful secluded sites along Little River offering numerous outdoor opportunities including camping, picnicking, boating, and swimming.
The river originates on the western side of the Cascade Mountains and flows 30 miles through the Umpqua National Forest before it joins the North Umpqua River at the Colliding Rivers Park in Glide.
In comparison with the North Umpqua River, the Little River is relatively safe for swimming because the current is slower and water is warming up quickly during the summer heat.
The trip along the river begins in the town of Glide at the place, known as Colliding Rivers, where two rivers meet head-on.
Colliding Rivers Site
While traveling on the scenic Umpqua River Byway (Highway 138), stop by a viewpoint to see a natural phenomenon as two rivers collide head-on in a turquoise pool surrounded by basalt sills. Before the collision, the rivers flow towards each other, the Little River - south and the North Umpqua – north. After the turbulent joining, both rivers change their courses and, finally, head west to the Pacific Ocean.
The best times to see the violent force of wild rivers smashing into each other are winter and spring when runoff is high. The more powerful Umpqua can push the Little River a few yards back.
The summer months when river flows are low are the best time for swimming, diving, wading, fishing, and rock collecting. The water of the Little River water is warmer and slower than the Umpqua. Located west of the bridge and the viewpoint site, a pebble beach, underwater ledges, shallow and deep spots – all of those offer great opportunities to enjoy summer activities.
Cavitt Creek Covered Bridge
Built in 1943, Cavitt Creek Covered Bridge is also known as Little River Covered Bridge crosses the Little River, 900 feet from the confluence with Cavitt Creek.
The bridge carries the Cavitt Creek Road that will bring you to a beautiful Cavitt Creek County Park and popular in the summer Cavitt Creek Falls Recreation Area.
Wolf Creek Recreation Area & Wolf Creek Falls Trailhead
Wolf Creek Recreation Area is situated along a beautiful stretch of the Little River, 27 miles of Roseburg.
The river is shallow here. Children use underwater ledges and rapids between them as water slides.
The 1.2-mile hike to Wolf Creek Falls begins from an arched pedestrian bridge over the river and follows a beautiful Wolf Creek through a lush forest to a cascading two-tier waterfall.
The site features a huge strange boulder with a large area covered by bright neon green and yellow lichens called Chrysothrix candelaris or gold dust lichens.
There are a picnic table and a vault toilet at the trailhead. Another picnic site is located half mile up the trail.
Wolf Creek Campground
Just 1.25 miles up the road from Wolf Creek Recreation Area, you will find Wolf Creek Campground and adjacent Group Campground with a softball field, volleyball, and horseshoes facilities. The 8-site campground with picnic tables and fire rings is on a first-come, first-served basis.
The area offers hiking, swimming, and fishing opportunities.
E-Mile Day-Use Site
E-Mile is a secluded beautiful day-use area, nestled on the bank of the river, 31 miles east of Roseburg.
The site offers fishing, hiking, swimming, and picnicking opportunities.
A short trail begins at a vault toilet on the left of the parking area. The shallow river bends at this point, creating a large and relatively deep swimming hole.
There are picnic tables in the shade of tall trees.
Coolwater Campground is a primitive 7-site campground with picnic tables and fire pits, nestled in a serene forest setting with access to the Little River.
The site offers hiking, swimming, and fishing opportunities.
White Creek Campground
Located 33 miles east of Roseburg, White Creek Campground features 4 campsites with picnic tables and fire pits.
The river is shallow here, the beach is sand and pebble.