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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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  • Went kayaking at Applegate Lake. It's huge. I drove around looking for a place to put my kayak in and ended up on French Gulch. Lots of families scattered at pull outs around the lake. Grassy area loo...  more »
  • Applegate Lake is really beautiful. It's great for paddle-boarding, kayaking, and canoeing. The surrounding forest is gorgeous. I would not recommend eating any fish you might catch from it; however, ...  more »
  • If the kids want to swim and the adults do, what a fun place . The fishing is great along with the fresh air and beautiful scenery. Fun beach area with the grass sloping down to the water. Boat launch...  more »