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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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  • We recently spent some time at Howard Prairie. We took a hike to Willow Point which was not only scenic, but we also saw deer in various areas. We took a boat ride on the lake which was very pleasant....  more »
  • Originally from Oregon the lakes are amazing, the mountains and fresh air is breath taking. If you have the chance to witness Howard Prairie Lake after the winter has hit and still has signs of snow y...  more »
  • It is way up in the mountains so it did not get very warm. Very far from town, so don't forget anything! The lake is really for fishing... My kids tried to swim, but I got too nervous after we found m...  more »