First settled in the mid 1800’s by the William H. Riddle family, the idyllic rural community of Riddle, Oregon(pop. 1,185) is nestled in one of the many “valleys of the Umpqua”. The Umpqua River is on the Pacific coast of Oregon and drains an expansive network of valleys in the mountains west of the Cascade Range. The "Hundred Valleys of the Umpqua" form the heart of the timber industry of southern Oregon.
Our town is a “timber town” and is the home of six (6) lumber product mills.
Up until the late 1980’s, this area was also known for nickel mining, with several square miles of nickel bearing gamierite surface deposits nearby. This was the only nickel mine within the United States, until it closed for a third and final time in 1998.
Our quiet little village, situated comfortably along Cow Creek, is only a stone’s throw away from the busy I-5 corridor. Riddle is part of the “South Douglas County” neighborhood which includes the other small communities of Myrtle Creek (pop. 3,439), Canyonville (pop.1,884), Glendale (pop. 874), Days Creek (pop. 272), Tiller, Azalea, Milo & Drew.
We are considered a bedroom community to Roseburg, a small “city” 25 miles north on Interstate 5. Airports are located 1 ½ hour north in Eugene, 3 ½ hours north in Portland and 1 ½ hours south in Medford.
Set in the foothills between the picturesque Southern Oregon Coastal Range and the magnificent Cascade Mountain Range, we are surrounded by the mighty Douglas Fir tree. Wildlife thrive in the area - with deer, salmon, turkey, bear, cougar and elk being seen often. Bird watching, fishing, and hunting are favorite past times of local residents.
We are located in the “banana belt” of the Northwest. Normally, mild day time temperatures range from the low 40’s in the winter to the mid 80’s in the summer. Occasional gentle breezes flow thru the valley, with the average lowest wind speeds recorded in the U.S. Average rainfall is 33 inches a year, usually falling between the months of November and May.
Strolling down main street in town, you will find a bank, post office, a quilt shop, a restaurant/bar, fitness center, beauty salon, art studio, mini-market, dentist office, computer and automotive repair business, ice cream shop, and a liquor store. From the weathered faces of loggers, the tenacious faces of small business owners, the hard working faces of mill workers, and the enduring faces of generations of local families this rural community greets newcomers with a friendly smile and a warm invitation to join their cooperative spirit in continuing to make Riddle the best place to live in Oregon.