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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Howard Prairie Lake and other Medford attractions using our handy Medford trip website.
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  • Wanted to stick close to home for the 4th, our normal lake we go to the campsites were already full so we decided to try howard prairie when we found a couple campsite vacancies. The campground its.....  more
    Wanted to stick close to home for the 4th, our normal lake we go to the campsites were already full so we decided to try howard prairie when we found a couple campsite vacancies. The campground its.....  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »
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  • Very sad with low to no water. I'm sure this place was and could be amazing if the water was there. Feels like a post apocalyptic zone, and very dry out in the forest. One positive is there is very few people and nature seems to be taking back the area. Lots of wildlife to observe, be sure to bring binoculars.
  • 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.

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