The BLM is doing some planning and taking comments on recreation needs and wild and scenic rivers in western Oregon. I can't seem to get the website to work right now. I filled out the on-line comment forms this morning and clicked submit, but they didn't work, so I emailed my comments directly to the person listed on the page.
There was a comment box for new recreation opportunities for people to suggest and I listed this one, which I have long envisioned - a lower Umpqua River Water Trail.
New Significant Recreational Opportunity: Develop a water trail along the lower Umpqua extending from Roseburg all the way to Gardner. I envision this as a series of 3 to 5 acres-in-size properties spaced about 15 miles apart down the entire river corridor that can be used as unimproved leave-no-trace camping sites for human powered float craft only (no motor boats). Floaters would be required to use a fire pan and a groover (portable water proof toilet system) and take all waste out (human waste, ashes, garbage, etc) just like on any multiday wild and scenic river like the John Day or Grande Ronde. Keep the facilities to a minimum to keep cost down. We don't actually need any tables or fire pits or toilets, water, etc, if pack in-pack out leave no trace is used. No boat ramps or additional access points would be needed, existing access points are adequate. We just need some property open for camping along the river to support the water trail. A minimal fee, such as $5/night per person would be reasonable if a fee was necessary. Some interpretive sites along the water trail would be nice. I believe this would be a great recreational amenity that would draw tourist activity from all over Oregon and nearby states.