5505 Highway 66 — Ashland, Oregon
April 2005 – Before you get to the campgrounds, there’s a pulloff and you can drive across this earthfilled dam (not in the RV, though – not enough parking or turnaround at end.)
It’s worth coming back in the truck or tow, though, because at the end of the dam, there’s a trail that splits off where you can walk skirting the water or the pretty hillside. At the top, if you take the fork toward the lake, you’ll come to an old cemetery that fronts the water. The views along this short, easy, circular path are well worth the walk.
Group picnic areas – there are 4 reserveable covered picnic areas with electricity, tables, barbeques, and nearby restroom facilities.
The park also contains a 280′ waterslide area that has dressing rooms, showers, restrooms, picnic tables and a concession stand with a full menu.
View looking down from the Campground area sites onto the restrooms and across to the RV park on the water. The RV park overlooks 12 miles of Emigrant Lake’s north shoreline.
At the bottom of the lower circle of the RV sites, there’s a great little trail that winds along the lake, flanked by hills and mountains to make it even more interesting and attractive.
It’s a nice easy stroll, only 1/3 mile to the end of the trail. During my stay here the week of April 21, there was still a hint of snow on the mountains, making the warm sun even more welcome. The different shades of purples and yellows against the lush green mountainsides made this a very enjoyable morning walk for me every day that I stayed at the park. There were even wild iris dotting the lakeside.
Another reward at the end was a conveniently located boulder which makes a great seat to relax and enjoy the view.
View of the campground from the trail.
Malia’s 2 cents: Very pretty park with great views of two of my very favorite things: mountains and water. It’s also a great place for bird watching. While staying at the RV park, I watched ospreys dive bombing for fish in the sparkling blue lake and was awakened by the sweet songs of little yellow birds outside my window each morning. Most definitely the good RVing life here!
Aerial Map – Including site map, it shows park features and location of campgrounds around Emigrant Lake
Bear Creek Greenway – The Bear Creek Greenway is a 20-mile, paved, multi-use trail that links the cities of Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Medford and Central Point. The trail provides Rogue Valley residents and visitors to the area a close-in spot for bird watching and wildlife viewing, as well as exercise and general recreation.