Lakes and Resorts in Southern Oregon

Agate Lake

Agate Lake encompasses 693 acres surface area. Boating and fishing is allowed although there is as restriction on gas powered engines. Electric motors only.

Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, Yellow Perch and Brown Bullhead

Open year-round, No Marina, No Fuel, No Skiing

Directions: located 14 miles northeast of Medford in Jackson County, off Hwy 140 in Southern Oregon.

Agency Lake

Located in the Klamath Basin, Agency Lake is the large north extension of Upper Klamath Lake. The lake is shallow and visitors may experience high winds.

The Oregon wildlife observation opportunities are outstanding here. Visitors may get a chance to see waterfowl, otter, mink, deer and bald eagles.

Redband Trout, Brown Bullhead, Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch

Fuel, Ramp, Tent/RV sites, Store, Fees, Skiing

Directions: From Klamath Falls, north on Hwy 97 to Chiloquin, west at Modoc Point sign for 4 miles and follow signs.

photo: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives

Applegate Lake

Located 19 miles outside of Medford, the Applegate Lake and Reservoir is home to forested slopes and the snow covered peaks of the Siskiyou Mountains. Features hike-in campgrounds and lakeshore areas for picnicking, swimming and boating. A hiking trail follows the 18 mile shoreline. There is a ten mile per hour speed limit for all boats.

Black Crappie, Brown Bullhead, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Chinook Salmon, White Crappie

Three Ramps, Store, No marina, No fuel, Fees, No Skiing

Directions: follow HWY 238 out of Jacksonville for 7.8 miles, left on Upper Applegate, follow for 16 miles.

Crater Lake

The centerpiece of Crater Lake National Park is the six mile wide Crater Lake, which lies in the collapsed caldera of a volcano inside Mount Mazama. The lake was formed when the mountain collapsed from an eruption approximately 7,700 years ago. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and varies between the 7th and 9th deepest in the world, depending on whether average or maximum depth is measured. Crater Lake is filled solely from snow melt; there are no connecting rivers or streams giving the lake its famous clear blue waters.

Perched on the rim of Crater Lake sits the historic Crater Lake Lodge, visitor’s center, and the Rim Village Café & Gift Shop.

Directions: From I-5 take exit 30 onto OR-62 E/Crater Lake HWY. Follow for 62 miles.

Photo: WolfmanSF via Wikimedia Commons

Crescent Lake

Just nine miles from Willamette Pass Ski Area, with world-class fishing on Crescent Lake, with the Pacific Crest Trail Heads just ten minutes away for backpacking, you can launch your ski boat in 10 minutes, mountain bike, or enjoy a host of other activities available for the outdoor enthusiast: snowmobiling, riding, hunting, water skiing, and dog sled racing.

Mackinaw, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Kokanee

Store, fuel, camping RV/tent spaces, No Fees, Skiing

Directions: Drive from OR-62 and OR-230 to Klamath County, take NF-6020 to Lava Odell Rd.

Diamond Lake

Diamond Lake is located in a high elevation coniferous forest with Lodgepole Pine, Douglas fir and true firs surrounding a 2,824 acre Lake.

Summer activities include trout fishing, mountain biking, swimming, water sports, boating, camping, and horseback riding.

Winter Activities include Snowmobiling, Cat Ski Mt. Bailey, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and a tubing hill with up-hill tow.

Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Chinook salmon

Marina, Fuel, Fees, camping RV/tent spaces, No Skiing

Directions: From I-5 drive from OR-62 to Douglas County (83 miles), take Diamond Lake Loop to Marina View Drive.

Photo: Benjamin Zingg, Switzerland

Emigrant Lake

Emigrant Lake has it all. Located 6 miles out of Ashland, the park offers a wide range of activities for every outdoorsman and woman, from an RV park and 42 tent site campground to swimming, picnicking, hiking, boating, skiing, canoeing, kayaking, Stand-up Paddle Boarding and fishing.

Also located at Emigrant Lake, are the Emigrant Lake Waterslides with 280-foot twin flume waterslides. The park offers dressing rooms, showers, restrooms, picnic tables and a concession stand with a full menu.

Black Crappie, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Chinook Salmon, Winter Steelhead, Channel Catfish

5 MPH boat speed limit in some areas

Fees, Ramps, No Fuel, camping RV/tent spaces

Photo: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives

Fish Lake Resort

Located on Hwy 140, at 4,600 feet elevation in the Southern Oregon Cascades. A truly beautiful setting in pristine old growth forest at the foot of Mt. McLoughlin. Boat, Canoe, and Pontoon rentals on a lake with a 10 mph speed limit helps make for a peaceful, relaxing day at the lake. Fish Lake also has great mountain biking or hiking trails.

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Winter Steelhead, Tui Chubs

Two Ramps, Fuel, Moorage, Store, Camping RV/tent

Fourmile Lake

Fourmile Lake is located approximately 40 miles from Klamath Falls, Oregon off of Highway 140 near Lake of the Woods. Fourmile Lake is the last lake south in the Sky Lakes Wilderness area. This is a beautiful lake next to Mount McLoughlin with a high elevation mixed conifer forest. The lake is at 5744’ in elevation, the top of McLoughlin is 9,495 feet.

Brook Trout, Kokanee, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout

No Fees, No Fuel, No Skiing, one ramp, Tent Camping

Galesville Reservoir

The largest man-made reservoir in Douglas county located 8 miles east of Azalea. The clear water provides a great habitat for bass and trout. Restrooms and a pavilion are also available. Twenty full hookup camp sites and a cabin open for reservations.

Black Crappie, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Coho Salmon, Largemouth Bass, Pumpkinseed, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

No Fees, Ramp, No Fuel, Moorage, Water Skiing, Camping RV/tent

Howard Prairie Lake

Considered by fishermen and Fish and Game authorities alike to be among the finest rainbow trout fisheries in the Northwest. The lake is stocked annually with approximately 400,000 fingerlings. Adult fish typically range from 12 to 20 inches in length and weigh from 1.5 to 3 pounds. Howard Prairie is also home to quite a few smallmouth and largemouth bass.

Large picnic area, campsites with limited or full hookups, a store and restaurant, laundry facilities, and a full-service boat marina. The full-service marina covers all of your fishing needs including tackle, bait, and fuel. The resort sells fishing licenses for daily/seasonal, resident and non-resident anglers. Rent one of the boats or bring your own and moor it at the dock or on a buoy.

Brown Bullhead, Largemouth Bass, Pumpkinseed, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass

Fees, Ramps, Fuel, Water Skiing, Camping RV/tent

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Hyatt Lake

Located just 20 miles east of Ashland. The newly renovated Resort is open year round. “The Cove” offers delicious food, a full service bar, and spectacular views of the lake. The Hyatt Lake Pizza Parlor is known for amazing pizza as well as an assorted variety of hand scooped ice cream cones.

The Resort offers a store, picnic area, boat launch and moorage, as well as boat rentals including 8 person pontoon boats. Shower and laundry facilities are on site. Hyatt Lake is a short distance from the Pacific Crest Trail that runs from Mexico to Canada. For mushroom hunters the Hyatt lake area is good in spring and fall for two different kinds of mushrooms.

Brown Bullhead, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

Fees, Three Ramps, Fuel, Camping RV/tents

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Lake of the Woods

Located on Hwy 140, at approx. 4,600 feet elevation in the Southern Oregon Cascades. This beautiful setting is in pristine old growth forest at the foot of Mt. McLoughlin (9,495 ft).

Marina Grill and Cabins open during Summer and Winter. Waterskiing, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Sailing, Hiking, Boating, Scuba Diving, Camping, Canoeing, Paddle Boats, Snowmobiling, Cross Country Skiing, Ice Fishing, Summer Lodge Dining, and Championship Golf Courses Nearby.

Black Crappie, Brown Bullhead, Brown Trout, Kokanee, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch

Three Ramps, Fuel, Moorage, Water Skiing, Camping RV/tent

Photo: Michael (a.k.a. Moik) McCullough

Lemolo Lake

Situated high in the Cascade Mountains at just over 4000 feet elevation. Just 30 miles north of Crater Lake National Park and all in the beautiful Umpqua National Forest in Southwestern Oregon.

Here are a large variety of recreation options throughout the year. During the summer months, you can enjoy miles of hiking trails, fishing, boating, swimming, and camping. Water skiing, and personal water crafts (PWC’s) are allowed on the lake, with a speed limit of 40 mph. During the winter season, enjoy the 540-mile snowmobile loop that runs through the property as well as cross-country skiing.

Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Kokanee, Rainbow Trout

Fees, Three Ramps, No Fuel, Moorage, Water Skiing, Store

Lost Creek Lake

Lost Creek Lake is located just 30 miles northeast of Medford on Crater Lake Highway 62. Enjoy the beauty and many recreational activities available on and around scenic Lost Creek Lake: boating, swimming, waterskiing, fishing, and kayaking. Visitors can rent boats or have the Marina Restaurant pack you a lunch, pick up supplies: ice, snacks, bait and tackle are all available on the Floating Store & Fuel Dock.

Black Crappie, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Largemouth Bass, Pumpkin Seed, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Chinook Salmon

Fuel, Ramps, No Fees, Moorage, Marina, Water Skiing, Store

Photo: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives

Upper Klamath Lake

At almost 30 miles long and up to eight miles wide and depths of up to 60 feet in some places, Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon is the largest freshwater body west of the Rocky Mountains. The Upper Klamath is easily one of the most beautiful and popular of all Oregon lakes. Anglers won’t want to miss the amazing Oregon fishing at Pelican Bay, which is home to some of the largest trout on the continent.

Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts can follow trails that roam throughout the marshes and waterways of Pelican Bay.

Oregon flora & fauna observation opportunities are outstanding here: waterfowl, otter, mink, deer and bald eagles. Among the more interesting flora is a strain of highly nutritious bluish green algae that is harvested by local companies and processed for sale as a food supplement.

Brown Bullhead, Rainbow Trout, Reband Trout, Yellow Perch

No Fees, Six Ramps, Fuel, Moorage, Water Skiing, Store, Camping RV/tent

Photo: Downtowngal (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Lake Selmac

Lake Selmac Resort in Selma offers boating, fishing, swimming, camping facilities, and horseback riding. Lake Selmac is located about 1/2 hour west of Grants Pass, Oregon. The park has a general store with food and fishing supplies, there is also a boathouse and dock with fishing boats with electric motors, row boats and pedal boats for rent. Kerby Peak Trail and the 160 acre Lake Selmac provide the outdoor enthusiasts with opportunities for hiking, fishing, boating, sailing and swimming.

Black Crappie, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Largemouth Bass

No Fees, Two Ramps, Fuel, Moorage, Store, Camping RV/tent

10 MPH speed limit for motor boats.

Squaw Lakes

These quaint & beautiful lakes are located in Jackson County in Southern Oregon. Big Squaw Lake is 50 Acres and Little Squaw Lake is 12 acres. These lake provide a great way to spend the day and fish.

Squaw Lakes Camping is Walk-in ONLY. Vehicles are parked outside the gate area, and all personal belongings must be hiked into the camping area. There are no exceptions to the policy. Due to the remote location of Squaw Lakes, CHECK-IN at the campground is currently not available. Prior to crossing the dam and driving up the mountain road, we recommend that you check-in at Hart-Tish Park General Store at Applegate Lake. It’s just 3/4 of a mile past the dam on the left hand side. Your check-in will be quick and easy, and also you can get last minute supplies you may have forgotten. Do not proceed to Squaw Lakes without a copy of your reservation confirmation in-hand. Camp-host routinely checks each campsite for proper documentation.

Rainbow Trout, Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass Common, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, and Cutthroat Trout.

No Ramps, No Fuel, No Motor Boats

Willow Lake

Willow Lake, elevation 3200 ft., sits at the base of Mt. McLoughlin with 927 acres of recreational activities including, swimming, fishing, camping, boating, and trails for hiking. Willow lake is the perfect place to retreat and enjoy.

Each of the four cabins at Willow Lake offer two bedrooms with a closet, comfortable bathroom with shower, and a spacious dining/living area with direct access to the kitchen.

If cabins aren’t your thing, Willow Lake has 29 tent sites and 37 RV hookup sites. All sites come complete with barbecue pits and picnic tables. If a larger space is required, be sure to utilize the Group Campground Reservation Area with its 11 available sites, perfect for family reunions and larger social gatherings.

Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

Ramp, Camping RV/tent

10 mph speed limit for motorboats on south portion of lake, as marked; Slow-no wake, maximum 5 mph for motorboats within Southwest Cove designated moorage area