If you’d like to get out of your car for a closer look at the river while driving the scenic Umpqua Highway (Oregon Route 38), the Umpqua Wayside is just the ticket.  Take a peek at the Brandy Bar, an unintended 1850 sailor party location, and read how it was named.  Stretch your legs while enjoying waterfront surroundings.

Riverside picnic area

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Pick a choice table surrounded by cedars and other Oregon riverfront greenery as you watch the Umpqua River flow by.   Bird song accompanies the passing of cars from the main road.  Perhaps you’ll also see a boat launch from the rough ramp, or instead enjoy the scenery in solitude.

Walk Details for Riverside picnic area
Terrain: Pavement and uneven grass. Watch out for raised dirt caused by mole holes.
Seating: 4 picnic tables
Fee: No fee
Restrooms: On the east side of the parking lot
Directions: Approximately 9 miles west of Reedsport along Highway 38. West of Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area, about halfway to Scottsburg. Turnout is on the river side of the road, marked with a sign. Picnic area is visible from the parking lot.