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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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  • Lake is not heavily developed. Fantastic day trip from Medford and surrounding areas. great for fishing, swimming and picnicking and some Camping. The drive there is scenic and has many things to see....  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Love this place. Great Trails all over the place not too many Beach locations but good place for fishing and boating and biking and hiking and even hunting during the hunting season
  • Great family place to cool off in a clean clear lake.
  • Great recreation site with lots to do for the whole family.
  • no water on jan 5th 2018. keep your boat home
  • It's a big lake that is a waste of the drive unless you only want to swim or fish! This lake is huge but has a speed limit of 10mph for all of the lake. The old man on the porch was short and rude! He made my party of people feel as if it was HIS lake and he really did not want people! They need a new younger staff and to open the lake for high speeds and allow boats for towing... it is a big waste of a lake. Don't know how this place makes any money to even keep the power on it's over 100° outside and a weekend and there is was only one sale boat, 8 swimmers, and 4 old rude self centered people sitting on the deck at the store pushing people to not be there. NOT WORTH THE DRIVE OUT TO THIS LAKE. AND IF YOU DO DON'T BRING A BOAT UNLESS IT'S A ROW BOAT! I hope everyone reading this signs the petition to allow higher speeds and tow boating! Sign it and make the lake worth the drive!

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