See salmon spawning in local rivers
Friday, October 27, 2017
ROSEBURG, Ore – Oregonians in the southern part of the state have a unique wildlife viewing opportunity to watch fall Chinook salmon spawn in local rivers. Peak spawning is now through mid-December depending on the river.
Practice good wildlife viewing etiquette by watching from a short distance without disturbing the fish or walking on redds (nests). Binoculars can be handy. Note that viewing conditions can be limited after rainstorms, but water usually clears within a few days.
These locations all offer excellent viewing:
Late October/early November is peak fall Chinook spawning season.
South Umpqua River at the Roseburg Visitor’s Center; Happy Valley Boat Ramp in Green; Lower Cow Creek (Douglas County Road 39) and Stanton Park in Canyonville.
Umpqua River at Myrtle Island in Tyee.
Coho salmon spawn in late November through early December. Moderate to difficult walking along these tributaries will reward viewers:
South Umpqua River at Deer Creek (Roseburg), Myrtle Creek, and the Upper South Umpqua below Tiller. Island Creek Day Use Area and Long Fibre Park on Cow Creek are also excellent.
North Umpqua River at Little River along Highway 138.
Umpqua River at Dean Creek, Scholfield Creek, Paradise Creek, Weatherly Creek, Brush Creek, Calapooya Creek, and Wolf Creek.
Smith River at West Fork Smith River; North and Sisters creeks; North Fork Smith River; and Spencer Creek on BLM lands.
Fall Chinook spawn late October through mid-December with peak spawning in mid-November. Best viewing areas include:
West Fork Millicoma River beginning with the Millicoma Interpretive Center near Allegany. The center is wheelchair accessible and kid-friendly. For the next few miles upstream, many spawning areas are visible from a vehicle.
The mouth of Glenn Creek about six miles upriver from Allegany.
Tioga Creek which can be accessed from Middle Creek Road above Fairview.
LaVerne Park on the North Fork Coquille River. Salmon are seen in the swimming hole area and jumping at the falls. They also can be seen spawning above the boulder weirs just upriver from the upper park boundary.
Frona Park on the East Fork Coquille River near Dora.
Baker Creek gravel bar/access site on the South Fork Coquille River.
Daniels Creek Road, along the last few miles of paved road before it turns