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:
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
- 5 ½ miles of hiking trails
- restroom facilities
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: