Emigrant Lake

• Emigrant Lake is a warm water lake with sandy beaches
• The lake is located in the vicinity of Ashland

Emigrant Lake

Emigrant Lake

Emigrant Lake

Emigrant Lake

Emigrant Lake County Park is nestled between rolling hills, five miles southeast of Ashland at the southern end of the Rogue Valley. Emigrant Lake is a at the southern end of the Rogue Valley. Emigrant Lake is a man-made reservoir formed by the dam construction on Emigrant Creek in 1924.

For all those living in the vicinity of Ashland, the county park is an extremely popular summer destination to relax and cool off on a hot summer day without having to travel too far from home.

The immense recreational area features picnic sites, a boat ramp, and playgrounds.

The stand-out feature of the Emigrant Lake Park is two large 280-foot-high water slides that remain in operation from Memorial Day to Labor Day and are perhaps the most distinguishing aspect of this recreational area.

The RV park is complete with 32 sites offering full hookup while at the same time providing a stunning view of the shoreline towards the north. There are also 40 basic camping sites with no hookups. All campsites have a picnic area with a table and a fire ring.

The park has a Group Campground area for a large gathering such as a family reunion. It features picnic tables, a large fire ring, a standing barbecue, and a horseshoe pit. A restroom is located nearby this area for the visitor's convenience. The Group Campground area must be reserved in advance through the Parks Office.

Emigrant Lake | General Description

Open: Year-round from sunrise to sunset
Managed: Jackson County
Location: Emigrant Lake County Park

Services: Restrooms, drinking water, garbage service, picnic sites, playgrounds, water slide, boat ramp, campgrounds
Activities: Swimming, water sliding, boating and kayaking, paddleboarding, sandboarding, fishing, hiking, picnicking
Accommodations: RV and tent campgrounds

Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: Yes or season passes
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Usage: Heavy

Elevation: 2,241 ft (683 m)

Emigrant Lake is located:

  • 5 miles southeast of Ashland
  • 19 miles southeast of Medford
  • 58 miles west of Klamath Falls
  • 114 miles of Roseburg.

Body of water: Reservoir
Surface area: 806 acres
Shoreline: 13.2 miles (21 km)

Swimming hole rating: 3 out of 5
Water quality: Fair transparency
Current: None
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: Sand
Water T° (summer): Very warm

Adventures Nearby


Follow I-5 to Exit 14 in Ashland,

  • Take Exit 14 (Ashland) for Highway 66
  • Take Highway 66 and drive east for about 3.5 miles to Emigrant Lake Park turnoff.

Phone: (541) 774-8183

Address: 5505 Highway 66, Ashland, Oregon

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