Oregon Route 38

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Oregon Route 38

Route 38 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length57.09 mi (91.88 km)
Major junctions
West end US 101 in Reedsport
Major intersections OR 138 in Elkton
OR 99 in Drain
East end I-5 in Anlauf
CountryUnited States
Highway system
OR 37 OR 39

Oregon Route 38 is an Oregon state highway that runs between the city of Reedsport, on the Oregon Coast, and an interchange with Interstate 5 near the communities of Curtin and Anlauf. It is also known as most of the Umpqua Highway No. 45 (see Oregon highways and routes), as the western portions of the highway run alongside the Umpqua River. The highway lies entirely within Douglas County.

Route description

Start of Oregon Route 38 at Reedsport.

Oregon Route 38 begins (at its western terminus) at a junction with U.S. Route 101 in Reedsport. It heads due east from there, running alongside the Umpqua River and by the Dean Creek Wildlife Area, which provides overlooks for viewing regional wildlife. The route continues east after that, passing through the communities of Scottsburg and Green Acres.

In the city of Elkton, the highway intersects with Oregon Route 138, which continues to follow the Umpqua River, heading south. OR 38 continues east, passing through the Elk Creek Tunnel Forest State Scenic Corridor, as well as the highway tunnel the park is named after. The highway continues east through the mountains of southwestern Oregon, eventually reaching the community of Drain. In Drain, it intersects with Oregon Route 99; OR 38 continues northeast from Drain on an alignment shared with OR 99. Just south of Curtin, OR 38 ends at an interchange with Interstate 5. OR 99 continues north, sharing an alignment with I-5 (diverting from it once again when it the highway reaches the city of Cottage Grove).

For the majority of its length, OR 38 is a two-lane undivided highway, with occasional passing lanes.

Major intersections

Note: mileposts do not reflect actual mileage due to realignments.

The entire route is in Douglas County.

Reedsport0.000.00 US 101 – Gardiner, Florence, North Bend, Coos Bay
Elkton36.4458.64 OR 138 – Sutherlin, Roseburg
OR 99 south – Yoncalla, Roseburg
West end of OR 99 overlap
56.3790.72Curtin Road – Anlauf, LoraneFormer Territorial Highway
Anlauf57.1391.94 I-5 (OR 99 north) – Cottage Grove, Portland, Roseburg
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ Oregon Department of Transportation, Public Road Inventory Archived 2008-02-24 at the Wayback Machine (primarily the Digital Video Log), accessed April 2008