Applegate Lake is a 988acre reservoir located in the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest about 27mi southwest of Medford in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is 16mi south of Oregon Route 238 along Applegate River Road and slightly north of the Oregon - California border. The lake is an impoundment of the Applegate River about 46mi from its confluence with the Rogue River.To visit Applegate Lake and other attractions in Medford, use our Medford trip itinerary builder app .
The United States Congress authorized construction of the Applegate Dam in 1962 as part of a flood-control project. In 1976, the Corps of Engineers began work on the dam, which was finished in 1980. In addition to controlling floods, the dam was intended to store water for irrigation and recreation.
Applegate Dam, 1300ft long and 242ft high, created a lake stretching 4.6mi upstream. As the reservoir filled with water, it inundated the remnants of Copper, a community that had once had a post office and a few buildings. Since then, when water levels in the lake fall sufficiently, the highway that formerly ended at Copper reappears at the south (upstream) end of the lake and serves as the lower end of a boat ramp.
Applegate Lake holds up to 82200acre.ft of water. It and Lost Creek Lake, on the main stem of the Rogue River, are the only large multi-purpose Corps of Engineers reservoirs in the Rogue River basin.
Applegate Lake Reviews
I live about 15 miles from Applegate Lake. There are not a ton of services up there but I do have to say that during the summer the water temperature is close to perfect for a swim. Cool and refreshin... more »
It's a great place to go during the week; weekends during summer are pretty packed and can get nerve-wracking. If a person can take time off during the week, it's a great place to go and swim, have a ... more »
Beautiful day outing of home and picnic. If your are feeling adventurous go a bit farther to the CA OR border and find the line tree for a fun pic.
Pretty nice place to go swimming at during the summer
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