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Emigrant Lake, Ashland

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Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Emigrant Lake is a reservoir located 5mi southeast of Ashland, Oregon, at the southern end of the Rogue Valley. It has an elevation of 2241ft above sea level. The lake has an average surface area of 806acre, and an average volume of 40530acre.ft. The lake is impounded by Emigrant Lake Dam, which stands 205ft above the surrounding farmland, and is located on Emigrant Creek at the west side of the lake. The spillway is located at the northern tip of the lake. Emigrant Creek is a tributary of Bear Creek.
The reservoir was created in 1924 when the original 110ft concrete arch dam was built by the Talent Irrigation District for irrigation and flood control. In 1960, the United States Bureau of Reclamation enlarged the dam into the 204ft rock-filled structure standing today.
Emigrant Lake features a large recreation area. This includes a 42-site, full-hookup campground, picnic areas, and two 280ft water slides open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
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  • It's a great place to visit very family friendly amazing sights. I went there for my birthday one year. There was a good camping spot some of the other campers were a little noisy but overall a great....  more »
  • A nice day trip from anywhere in the Rogue Valley. Not as exciting as white-water rafting, but who needs thrills 24x7? It's nice to relax. There is swimming, fishing, boating, camping areas...  more »
  • Fun place with water slides, decent swimming, SUP rentals, all types of boating and camping. Make sure to bring a shade canopy though as there aren't many trees.
  • Great place for fishing. Lots of crappie and bass

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