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Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area

Near Medford, Oregon, United States

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Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area overlooks the Rogue River’s scenic Lost Creek Reservoir, a popular destination for hikers, bikers, anglers and boaters.

The park is about 40 miles from Crater Lake National Park, and makes an excellent jumping-off point for an exploration of southern Oregon.

Boating and Fishing

A boat ramp and moorage facility in the day-use area serves visiting boaters. The marina near the day-use parking lot offers a store and boat rentals. Call 541-560-3646 for information.

Anglers troll the 10-mile-long reservoir all year for trout and bass. A fish cleaning station is located next to the boat launch. 

Take a Hike or Ride a Bike

Stretch your legs on 5½ miles of hiking trails and 6 miles of bike paths within the park. The trails connect the day-use area with the campground and connect with other trails outside the park. A trail near the Group Camp restroom crosses a bridge and leads to a small, scenic waterfall.

Joseph Stewart is near the U.S. Forest Service’s Upper Rogue River hiking trail, which connects with the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail near Crater Lake.

Year-round Camping

Picture yourself in a campsite overlooking the reservoir with wildlife, large conifer trees, and mountains surrounding you.

The park is accepting reservations up to 30 days in advance at oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com. Some services are reduced due to Covid-19.

  • 151 electrical sites with water (Some sites in B Loop have a lake view)
  • 50 tent sites with water (D Loop)
  • Two group tent camping areas CLOSED SUMMER 2020
  • Flush toilets and hot showers (B and C showers CLOSED)
  • RV dump station
  • Fenced off-leash area for dogs
  • Playground between B and D loops (closed)
  • Summer programs Friday and Saturday evenings (may be cancelled)

Other Amenities

A large day-use area features a flat, sandy swim beach (no lifeguards), expansive green lawn, horsehoe pits and volleyball courts. Two group picnic areas available for reservation (closed summer 2020).

What’s Nearby

  • Crater Lake National Park is 48 miles northeast of  Joseph Stewart on Highway 62.
  • Casey State Recreation Site, 5 miles to the west, and Tou Velle State Recreation Site, 25 miles southwest, are outstanding access points for fishing on the Rogue River. Both parks have boat ramps and are nice places to picnic. 
  • Cole Rivers Fish Hatchery, 4 miles west between Joseph Stewart and Casey State Recreation Site, is the largest hatchery in Oregon and is open for self-guided tours.
  • Prospect State Scenic Viewpoint, 10 miles northeast on Mill Creek Drive, features a forested trail to Pearsoney Falls.
  • Jacksonville, just west of Medford, is a National Historic Landmark with commercial buildings, residences, churches, and museums dating back to the 1880s.
  • Ashland, 15 miles south of Medford, is home to the  Oregon Shakespeare Festival which runs from mid-February through October.
Effective Jun 9, 2020
Expect reduced services due to Covid-19, including:
  • Group picnic areas are closed.
  • Group tent areas are closed.
  • Reduced shower availability (B and C showers are closed)
  • Playground is closed.
  • Life jacket loaner station is closed.
  • Reduced garbage service; please pack out trash. 
mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use Year Round
COVID-19 may affect dates
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COVID-19 may affect dates
mdi-cellphone Call for reservations: 800-452-5687
Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: (541) 560-3334
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Amenities & Features

Questions

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Where can I get a fishing report for Lost Creek Lake?

Log onto Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for the latest fishing reports, regulations and license requirements. Or call (503) 947-6000 for more information.

Where do I get an Aquatic Invasive Species Permit?

Log onto Oregon State Marine Board for permit information and guidelines. Or call (503) 378-8587 for information and questions.

Does the Lost Creek Marina sell ice?

The Marina, located in our Day Use Area, has a convenience store, cafe, boat rentals and offers moorage for visiting boats. Log onto their website for more information regarding hours and rental rates, or call them at (541) 560-3646.

What is the park address?

Joseph Stewart State Park
35251 Highway 62
Trail, Oregon 97541
Latitude: 42.68193 N
Longitude: -122.6156 W

How much water is in Lost Creek Lake at the moment?

Water levels at Lost Creek Lake are managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. You can read more about how they manage water or look at a teacup diagram that shows the current reservoir water level.

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How many people and vehicles are allowed on one campsite?

Campsites are limited to eight people and only two extra vehicles per site to protect natural resources.

  • All vehicles must be parked on pavement at the site or in a designated parking area.
  • Once a site has three registered vehicles, no additional vehicles may enter the site.
  • Campsite rates include parking for one vehicle. An extra vehicle fee of $7 per vehicle, per night will apply to additional vehicles.

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What wildlife lives in the area?

There is a wide variety of wildlife in this area. Bald Eagles and Osprey are seen soaring above the lake, while Rainbow Trout and Bass are jumping out of the lake. Small critters like raccoons, foxes, skunks and squirrels will bounce around the campground, while lots of deer roam around. During the Winter and Spring seasons, Black Bears and Cougars have been spotted in the area.

 

Are dogs allowed in the campground?

Yes dogs are allowed. Your pet needs to be physically restrained, meaning you must be holding them, holding onto their collar, or have them on a leash no longer than six feet. The exceptions
are if your pet is in an off-leash area or inside your vehicle, tent, or camper. The off-leash area is located outside of D loop next to the volleyball court.

For more questions, review our statewide FAQ

History

Following construction of Lost Creek Dam and Lake on the Rogue River, this park lies on land leased from the Army Corps of Engineers and opened its doors on June 16, 1978. 151 electric campsites along with 50 tent sites form the campground, while the day use area boasts a marina, store cafe and boat moorage facilities.

The park is named after Joseph H. Stewart, who was the leader of the pear industry in Southern Oregon. In 1885, Stewart moved to the Rogue Valley from Illinois and purchased 160-acre property outside of Medford, now known as "Eden Valley Orchard." Joseph Stewart began planting pears, apples, prunes and almonds, and only 5 years after he started, he began shipping fruit on railcars throughout the nation. In 1898, Stewart and his son-in-law A.J. Weeks, purchased land where the park is today. Together they planted pear and apple orchards and an English Walnut grove, most of these trees can still be found in the park.

Brochures and Maps

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Photos & Video

Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details. Campfire restrictions may be in place.