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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.HistoryThe 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.StatisticsHoward 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.Flora and faunaHoward 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.
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  • Howard Prairie is a seasonal recreational area with camping and boating during warm summer months. In summer, there is a hiking trail that goes around the entire lake. I've never done it so not sure o...  more »
  • I have, until three years ago, fished Howard Prairie faithfully on opening day of trout fishing every year since 1977 when it was possible. I have seen the fishery and management thereof decline to th...  more »
  • Summer swims, camping, Spring mushroom hunting, Winter hiking. Get out of town and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.  more »