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Myrtle treeThe Myrtle Creek area was originally settled in 1851 and the town was established in 1865. The name Myrtle Creek was in recognition of the nearby groves of Oregon Myrtle, an evergreen tree distinguished by a strong camphor odor.

Grist mill
Milling has historically been a major part of the City of Myrtle Creek's economy. In the early years, a grist mill was constructed at the edge of town (adjacent to the creek). A planing mill was attached to the grist mill. In later years, a large lumber mill filled the property and adjacent acres. When that mill closed down due to a fire, the property was deeded to the City and later became the site of Millsite Park.

Millsite ParkThere are many other parks in the area, but Millsite Park is the largest. This great park is located adjacent to the downtown business district and provides many amenities, including an outdoor concert stage, lush garden areas, fountain, military memorial and ballfields.

A low-cost, city-owned RV Park is adjacent to Millsite Park.

Other RV Parks in area include:

rodeo paradeCheck our Calendar of Local Events and plan your stay in Myrtle Creek to attend an event or just to see some of our local landmarks and attractions.

View our online photo gallery with scenic photos and local events.

Neal Lane covered bridgeMyrtle Creek is well known for its old bridges. The Neal Lane covered bridge is one of six in Douglas County. Although it is not particularly old, being constructed in 1929, it is picturesque and a reminder of another era. The Neal Lane covered bridge has at least 2 distinctions: It is one of the shortest covered bridges in Oregon and the only roofed span in Oregon using a kingpost truss design.

The wooden bridge is just 42 feet long. The bridge spans Myrtle Creek, a stream used heavily for irrigation. Travelers crossing the bridge will note its cross-wise plank flooring, a single window on either side, a metal roof and a 5-ton weight limit.

Horse Creek covered bridgeHorse Creek Covered Bridge, spanning Myrtle Creek adjacent to Millsite Park, was built in 1930 and is currently used as a pedestrian bridge. This bridge originally spanned Horse Creek in Lane County but was removed in 1987. The bridge's wooden timbers were given to the City of Cottage Grove for salvage. Cottage Grove used some of the timbers and the remaining lumber was donated to the City of Myrtle Creek in the spring of 1990.

golfThe Myrtle Creek Golf Course offers some of the finest golfing in southern Oregon and a breathtaking setting in the southern Oregon hills. Designed by noted Canadian golf course architect Graham Cooke, Myrtle Creek is an 18-hole regulation length course. Featuring a driving range, Myrtle Creek Golf Course is uniquely equipped for both beginner and expert players alike.

Umpqua River Fishing GuidesThe South Umpqua River, as it runs through Myrtle Creek, is a haven for anglers. Oregon is blessed with the top three rated small mouth bass rivers in the entire United States. The Umpqua is rated No .1, John Day River is rated No.2 and our South Umpqua is rated No.3. Since we live along the South Umpqua, it's number 1 to us!

The South Umpqua opens for trout and small mouth bass the 4th Saturday in May and runs through September 15th. Should you come down with a case of winter Steelhead fever, the South Umpqua is the place to be. The season runs from December 1st through April 30th. The limit is two fin-clipped Steelhead per day. Rainbow trout in the South Umpqua measuring over 16" are considered Steelhead.

Under the recently announced and very successful Oregon State Hatchery program the winter Steelhead population is at its highest level from March 1st through April 30th. Many limits are caught daily during this 61-day period. The South Umpqua also has two species of Cutthroat and Rainbow trout.

While fishing the South Umpqua River is a great experience, the scenery is priceless. It is not uncommon to see black tail deer, mink, raccoon, beavers, otters, osprey, blue heron and even the majestic American bald eagle.

When you visit Southern Oregon, be sure to include Myrtle Creek~Tri City and the South Umpqua River in your plans. It will be a priceless adventure, filled with golden memories.

For detailed information about fishing the South Umpqua River, contact Phil Delaney, Owner, Phil's Fly Shop, 135 NW Pleasant St, Myrtle Creek, OR 97457, phone 541-863-5938. Phil was born and raised here and has done his fair share of fishing. He might even share some of his "secret" fishing spots with you!

Seven Feathers CasinoSeven Feathers Casino Resort I-5, Exit 99, in Canyonville is a premier destination resort featuring Nevada-style gaming. Over 1000 slots, table games, Bingo, Keno, live Poker and a non-smoking Casino area too! The recently expanded hotel features deluxe guest rooms, pool, spas, fitness center and five restaurants including fine dining. Other facilities include RV Park and Convention Center.

Myrtle Creek airport Myrtle Creek Municipal Airport ~ French Field is located two miles southwest of Myrtle Creek, just outside the city limits, on approximately 87.26 acres. The airport is bordered by Interstate 5 (I-5) to the west and the South Umpqua River to the east. Surface access is provided via Weaver Road and Aviation Drive, which connect to I-5 at Exit 106. Construction of an interchange expansion to improve access is coming soon! For more airport information:

Myrtle Creek Municipal Airport

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Giraffe, Wildlife SafariWildlife Safari, located between Myrtle Creek and Roseburg, is a fun-filled family destination where you can view over 500 animals in their natural habitat...roaming freely as they do in the wild! Visitors to the park drive through a 4.5 mile trek to see animals from Africa, Asia and the America's. This unique setting offers many opportunities to get up close and personal with animals large and small.

old stage coach and vintage car The award-winning Douglas County Museum of History and Natural History is located at I-5 Exit 123, one mile south of Roseburg. The museum's displays offer a fun and exciting learning adventure. Enjoy a special Museum exhibit on the first 150 years of Douglas County. Open daily. Admission charged. Tours available. Call 541-957-7007.

Hotels & Motels: Many accommodations available in nearby Canyonville, including a new hotel addition to Seven Feathers Casino Resort.

At the Roseburg Visitor Center you find brochures and information about more sights to see around the County, information about Umpqua Wineries and plus lodging and restaurants.

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