Colliding Rivers

Coordinates: 43°17′52″N 123°06′08″W / 43.29778°N 123.10222°W / 43.29778; -123.10222
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Colliding Rivers
Colliding Rivers.jpg
Point where the North Umpqua River (above) meets the Little River (bottom)
LocationGlide, Oregon, USA
Coordinates43°17′52″N 123°06′08″W / 43.29778°N 123.10222°W / 43.29778; -123.10222
Area7 ha (17 acres)
Colliding Rivers is located in the United States
Colliding Rivers
Location of Colliding Rivers in the United States

The Colliding Rivers is the name of the confluence of Little River into the North Umpqua River at Glide, Oregon, approximately 12 miles (19 km) east-northeast of Roseburg. It is known as Colliding Rivers because of the nearly head-on angle at which the streams meet,[1] the only place in the state of Oregon where a river meets its tributary in such a straight angle.[2] Prior to the point of the Colliding Rivers, the Little River approaches from the south and the North Umpqua has completed a sharp bend and intersects the Little River.


The Colliding Rivers is on the west side of the town of Glide, which is accessed off Oregon Route 138. Interstate 5 connects to Route 138 from the West and U.S. Route 97 from the East.[3]

Route 138 has a rest area and viewpoint adjacent to the Colliding Rivers Visitor Center that includes a comfort station, plus several interpretive panels about the area and its natural phenomenon.


The Colliding Rivers area is a constricted spot of the two rivers because of several large rock formations. Within a 5 mile radius surrounding the Colliding Rivers point there are many straight river routes leading to several class 2 and 2+ pool drop rapids with frequent 2–3 feet standing waves.[4]


  1. ^ "Rogue–Umpqua Scenic Byway:Colliding Rivers". Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
  2. ^ Giordano, Pete (2012). Frommer's Oregon. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 1118236947. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  3. ^ Giordano, Pete (2012). Moon Spotlight Ashland & Southern Oregon. Avalon Travel. p. 103. ISBN 1612381596. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  4. ^ Giordano, Pete (2004). Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon Rivers. The Mountaineers Books. p. 103. ISBN 0898868157. Retrieved 21 May 2014.