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Applegate Lake, Medford

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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.HistoryThe 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.
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  • Growing up here in Southern Oregon, we always headed up to Applegate lake during the summer days to go swimming, have a drink or fish. This has been very popular for a long time, the more water we hav...  more »
  • This is a great place to boat. It can be busy but it is worth it. It is really quite if you go out in the water and there are some nice trails nearby. Wathc out for Dog poop if you plan on lying aroun...  more »
  • Surrounded by mountains, sitting on a grassy slope while the kids try to drown each other. Laid back and lovely.  more »