• South Fork Coquille River features numerous spots to stop by and enjoy nature
• The area offers hiking, swimming, boating, gold panning, and rockhounding opportunities
The South Fork Coquille River is the longest tributary of the Coquille River rising from streams at the base of Mount Bolivar in the Siskiyou National Forest. The stream winds for about 63 miles through canyons and valleys and finally meets the north fork at Myrtle Point forming the Coquille River.
The Coquille River continues its way for 36 miles before emptying into the Pacific Ocean at the coastal city of Bandon. Coquille River Watershed covers a total of 1,059 square miles and it is the third largest Oregon river system to originate from the Coast Range.
The scenic Powers/Forest Road 33 follows along the South Fork Coquille River for 30 miles providing convenient access to the river via numerous shaded recreation areas. Hiking, swimming, boating, gold panning, and rockhounding are just a few popular pastimes you can do here!
The most popular are hikes to Coquille River Falls, Elk Creek Falls, and Big Trees Park. The two last attractions start from the same trailhead.
Fishing is not allowed on the South Fork of the Coquille River between the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest boundary and Coquille River Falls.
Coquille River and its tributaries have numerous excellent swimming spots. Depending on how fast or slow the river flows in a particular area the water can be completely clear or emerald, but regardless of the color you can enjoy clean and cool river water.
During summer water warms up enough for the entire family to enjoy the refreshing dip! In addition to swimming, you can also do canoeing, tubing, and a wide range of other fun water activities!
The river gravel bars lining its banks are known as productive rockhounding and gold panning areas. Here you can find plenty of large-sized quartz including gold-bearing one, agate, and jasper. Occasionally, you can encounter carnelian agate, serpentine, and petrified wood.
Always check, if rockhounding is allowed at a specific place. Typically, it is not allowed to collect any rocks in the areas that are managed by the county. Limited collecting for personal use in state parks and on federal land is often allowed. Contact the U.S. Forest Service or Oregon State Parks for up-to-date information.
South Fork Coquille River Campgrounds & Day-Use Areas
Coquille Myrtle Grove State Natural Site
Coquille Myrtle Grove State Natural Site is a 7-acre park area along the Coquille River in a shaded myrtle grove. This small place provides opportunities for refreshing summer water activities like swimming, wading, kayaking, and tubing.
The beach is mostly gravel with some sand. So, rock collectors have a good chance to find quartz, agate, and jasper.
Orchard Park is a beautiful destination sitting on the bank of the river just off Powers Road, two miles south of Powers. The river bends here flowing through gravel beds and a cliff on the north river's bank. The water is deep at the base of the cliff which makes this place perfect for diving.
This is a day-use only site.
Elk Creek Falls & Big Tree Park Hiking
Hiking to the Big Tree Park which contains the world's largest Port-Orford cedar tree standing 220 feet tall and over 12 feet thick. This 2.2-mile out-and-back trail is rated as moderate .
Myrtlewood Grove Campground
A beautiful primitive first-come first-serve 5-site campground is nestled along the river in the shaded area of the Myrtle Grove. Each site has a picnic table and a fire pit.
The bank consists of pebbles, boulders, and beautiful rock formations. There are depth and shallows, rapids and calm water. Between two little river bends is a small but incredibly beautiful swimming hole. The rock formations upstream partially the block river's current creating a small swimming paradise.
There is a vault toilet and no drinking water. Day-use and camping are free.
Daphne Grove Campground
This is a first-come, first-serve 14 RV campsite with picnic tables and fire pits. There is a picnic group shelter for 25 people.
The river is shallow here, mostly knee-deep. So, this place is more for wading than actual swimming. The bank consists of sand, pebbles, and gravel.
There are four vault toilets and no drinking water. A camping fee is required. Day-use is free.
A beautiful primitive first-come, first-serve 5-site campground is nestled along the river. Each site has a picnic table and a fire pit.
Tsu Creek Falls (Squaw)
Squaw Creek runs under the bridge bearing Forest Road 3348 and cascades down as a waterfall. There is no designated trail to hike to the waterfall' base. The view from the road is obstructed.
Coquille River Falls Trail
The trail to the scenic Coquille River Falls starts at Forest Road 3348, 200 yards away from Tsu Creek Falls. The 0.5-mile trail running down to the river is steep, shaded, and almost always wet.
The most powerful on the South Oregon Coast, the waterfall consists of two tiers. The upper tier is 50 feet high and the lower part of the waterfall is 65 feet high.