Where To Go, What To Do- Dog-Friendly Summer Outings: Lost Creek Lake

Pack up the car and load up the family, including the four-legged ones…it is time for summer recreation at its best!

What do you want out of a summer day trip? Here is what I look for:
1) Fun
2) Dog-friendly
3) Relaxing
4) Inspiring

Bonus Points: free entry/no entrance fee to gain access Lost Creek Lake beckons Rogue Valley residents and visitors alike. Going to Lost Creek Lake involves not only a beautiful drive northeast of Medford but an adventurous day trip destination that never disappoints. Your dog can enjoy swimming, hiking and exploring with you in a glorious natural environment.

If you’ve never been to Lost Creek Lake, what is so special about it?

Here are just a few things you might enjoy:

  • Gorgeous views: come and see the sights, at Lost Creek Lake, a huge reservoir off Highway 62 on the upper Rogue River, less than an hour from I-5 at Medford.
  • Trails: there are many walking trails around the parking area (Joseph H. Stewart State Park). Bicyclists have paved bike paths too.
  • Water sports: you can fish here year-round from the shore or from your boat, or enjoy water skiing, paddle-boarding or just about any other water sport here.
  • Forested land: Tall conifer trees allow you to picnic in the shade, or if sunshine is what you want, head down to the swimming beach or out on the lake.
  • Coffee, beer, ice cream, snacks, and cold drinks; fish bait too – these are all sold at the store on site. They rent boats as well.

Please be aware; poison oak grows along the trails here and there. Remember, “leaves of three, let them be.” Keep safety in mind at all times; use life vests when swimming or boating, and supervise your children and pets closely.

A full listing of the Lost Creek Lake facilities would need to include the following:

Picnic tables for day use plus a reservable group area and BBQ dog-friendly, a large campground with hot showers, RV hookups, a volleyball court, playground and horseshoes 2 boat landings, marina, and store.

Some of the best fishing in southern Oregon
  • fish cleaning station
  • 6 miles of bike paths
  • swimming
  • 5 ½ miles of hiking trails
  • restroom facilities
More Resources:

Lost Creek Lake Army Corps of Engineers Facebook page:

The Joseph H. Stewart Park is open year-round for camping as well as for daytime use
Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area page:

Brochure with multiple park and campground maps:

Lost Creek Lake & Marina
Address: 35211 Hwy 62, Trail, OR 97541
Phone number: (54) 560-3646

Must Read

Rogue Valley’s Family-Friendly Holiday Activities

Brian Casey

Full Week of Events at ELEVEN on the Creek!

Brian Casey

The Perfect Sauce to Pair with a Roast

Brian Casey