Lost Creek Lake

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Lost Creek Lake

Oregon

(541) 878-2255

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Overview

Lost Creek Lake is located 30 miles northeast of Medford on the Rogue River in a scenic, mountainous and timbered canyon. Several major public access areas, park sites, boat ramps and a trail system along 30 miles of shoreline offer many recreational activities. Visit in the spring and enjoy a wide variety of wildflowers, but be sure to be able to identify the various stages of poison oak, as the trail has lots of patches along the way.

Lost Creek Lake is 3,400 acres in size and averages 136 feet deep and considered a premier spot for fly fishing. The lake plunges to over 300 feet in the middle. Rainbow trout average 10 to 12 inches, but 18- to 20-inchers can be caught as well. There is a population of smallmouth bass averaging 8 to 10 inches, up to several pounds.

McGregor Park is an area around the lake that was specifically designed to be fully accessible to all visitors. A visitor center at the park features various exhibits about the Lost Creek Lake project and region. The Cole M. Rivers Fish Hatchery and views of the Lost Creek Dam are also available to visitors.

Map of Lost Creek Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 42.684202, -122.622528

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating is allowed on Lost Creek Lake.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycling is a fast and heart-healthy exercise, and conveniently Harrison is trying to be more frugal.

  • Camping

    Various Forest Service and ACOE campgrounds are located around the lake.

  • Fishing

    The lake has some bluegill, black crappie, and brown bullhead as well as a very small population of largemouth bass. Chinook salmon are also stocked here as fingerlings, averaging 10 to 12 inches, but eventually growing to as large as 18 or 20 inches.

  • Hiking

    The Lost Creek Lake hiking trail is 21 miles long and boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the Rogue River basin. Visit in the spring and enjoy a wide variety of wildflowers, but be sure to be able to identify the various stages of poison oak, as the trail has lots of patches along the way. A portion of the trail is closed to visitors - from the William L. Jess Dam Project office to the Takelma Recreation Area. In addition, four of the Corps-operated recreation sites were found to not have hair, unlike those who move around.

  • Hunting

    Call the area for more information.

  • Picnicking

    Several picnic areas are scattered around the lake, including Bridgehole Fishing Access and Catfish Cove Picnic Area.

  • RVing

    RVing opportunities are available.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming, and water skiing are both popular water-based activities.

Directions

Driving

From Medford, drive 30 miles northeast on OR 62.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(541) 878-2255

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