River Forks Park (confluence of South and North Umpqua Rivers)
Getting There: From I-5, take Exit 125 and head west on Garden Valley Blvd. for 5 miles. Turn left onto Old
Garden Valley Road immediately after crossing the North Umpqua River. Follow Old Garden Valley Road and signs to River Forks Park
Fisheries: Smallmouth bass are active from late April through September, with most anglers using minnow plugs and worms during summer to catch the 5 to 12-inch fish. Shad usually are caught here from April thru June. Summer and winter steelhead, spring Chinook salmon and coho salmon are also available. Check the angling regulations for bag and length limits, season or special regulations for this area.
Useful Information: Year round boat and bank access available.
Tackle & Techniques: Use light gear (7 ft. rod, 4-6 lb. test line) to cast plastic worms or grubs (live fish cannot be used as bait), spinners, top water crankbaits, poppers, or flies (wet or dry) for bass and shad. Use medium to heavy gear (8.5-9.5 ft rod, 12-25 lb. test line) to fish plugs, eggs, spinners (pink, clown, orange), beads, flies, or corkies for salmon and steelhead.
Facilities: Beach, swing-set play structure, BBQ cooking facilities, restrooms, water, picnic tables, baseball field, boat ramp, horseshoe pits, indoor facility rental, pavilion, and trails.
Additional Activities: Swimming, tubing, picnicking, biking, walking path, baseball and soccer.
For More Information:
ODFW Umpqua Watershed Field Office – (541) 440-3353
Douglas County Parks Department – (541) 957-7001