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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 a few days at Howard Prairie where we thoroughly enjoyed a boat ride on this beautiful lake as well as some hiking around the lake. The campgrounds are maintained very well by the st...  more »
  • We visited over a weekend and were pleased to see many open camping areas right on the lake. We did have reservations, but were able to change to a more suitable spot. The weather report was for a lit...  more »
  • Spent 2 nights here in our RV and had the boat in the water. Had a delightful time. The smell of the pine trees was delightful. Quiet. beautiful lake  more »

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