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Howard Prairie Lake, Medford

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Howard Prairie Lake is a reservoir located 4526ft above sea level in Jackson County, Oregon, United States. It is 18mi east of Ashland. The lake is formed by the 100ft tall Howard Prairie Dam, which impounds Beaver Creek, in the Klamath River watershed.
The reservoir was created in 1958 when the 100ft tall earthfill dam was completed by the Talent Division of the Rogue River Basin Project. A canal diverting water from nearby Little Butte Creek, (in the Rogue River watershed), to the lake was also completed.
Howard Prairie Lake has an average surface area of 1990acre, and an average volume of 62100acre.ft. It has a maximum depth of 80ft, and an average depth of 35ft. The lake has a 79sqmi drainage basin.
Howard Prairie Lake is known for its large number of rainbow trout, largemouth bass, and smallmouth bass. Ducks and geese inhabit the surrounding regions. The lake is surrounded by pine and fir forests in the Cascade Mountains.
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  • I have been going to Howard Prairie lake since I was a kid and still enjoy a day there. It has changed quite a bit over the years as different owners have made improvements. The restaurant and store h...  more »
  • I went there drove down to the dock and boat rental place got in up to my knees, brrrrrrrr talked to some folks and got a beer nice mellow vibe they said there was some fishing so always good from sen...  more »
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  • We bring our dogs to Howard Prairie Lake to get their wiggles out. It is relatively quiet without too much people passing through if you prefer to not be crowded by others. In the winter time, we were able to walk in areas that are usually covered in water in the spring and summer. The phone reception is not the best in this area so plan accordingly.
  • We camped here in July 2018. The road to get here is very curvy, then we arrived to an almost dried up lake. The fire season was in full force this year so the smoke was almost unbearable which made getting out and enjoying the area almost impossible. We would not likely come back here, the spots were very unlevel and in need of maintenance and the lake was basically gone.

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