A popular 216-acre recreation area in Jackson County, Agate Lake County Park is located 12 miles northeast of Medford and 25 miles northeast of Ashland. The lake is formed by the 86-foot tall Agate Dam which was constructed in 1966. It impounds Dry Creek while also receiving water from Antelope Creek and Little Butte Creek via two canals. The accumulated water from all of those water sources is that made the Agate Lake.
The most popular recreational activities include boating, fishing, and picnicking. Swimming in the lake is not advised due to the fair water quality. Parking is free. Concrete vault restrooms are available on-site.
The lake is a great place for angling. The water in the lake is relatively warm in summers so warmwater fish including crappie, brown bullhead, yellow perch, bluegill, and largemouth bass. Only electric and non-motorized boats are allowed at the lake. A concrete boat ramp is available for visitor’s usage.
Part of the Agate Desert, Agate Lake has a variety of minerals. However, according to Jackson County Park officials, nothing including minerals is allowed to be removed from the park.
Agate Lake | General Description
Open: Year-round from dawn until dusk (for day-use only)
Managed: Jackson County
Services: Boat ramp, vault toilet
Activities: Boating, fishing, picnicking
Restrictions: Mineral collecting is not allowed
Accommodations: No camping or overnight parking in Agate Lake County Park
Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: Free
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Popularity: Low to moderate
Elevation: 1,500 ft (457 m)
Agate Lake is located:
- 12 miles northeast of Medford
- 177 miles southeast of Eugene
- 280 miles southeast of Portland.
From I-5 in Medford,
- Take exit 30 for Highway OR-62 East toward Crater Lake
- Drive 5.5 miles north on OR-62 to Highway OR-140
- Turn right onto OR-140 and go 3.5 miles to Antelope Road
- Turn right onto Antelope Road and follow 0.7 miles to Agate Dam Access Road
- Turn right onto Agate Dam Access Road and continue 0.9 miles to the destination.
Points of Interest Nearby