Emigrant Lake (Oregon)

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Emigrant Lake
Emigrant Lake (Jackson County, Oregon scenic images) (jacDA0038).jpg
Emigrant Lake
Location Jackson County, Oregon
Coordinates 42°09′41″N 122°36′15″W / 42.16139°N 122.60417°W / 42.16139; -122.60417Coordinates: 42°09′41″N 122°36′15″W / 42.16139°N 122.60417°W / 42.16139; -122.60417
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Emigrant Creek
Primary outflows Emigrant Creek
Basin countries United States
Surface area 806 acres (3.26 km2)
Water volume 40,530 acre feet (49,990,000 m3)
Surface elevation 2,241 feet (683 m)

Emigrant Lake is a reservoir located 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Ashland, Oregon, at the southern end of the Rogue Valley.[1] It has an elevation of 2,241 feet (683 m) above sea level.[2] The lake has an average surface area of 806 acres (3.26 km2), and an average volume of 40,530 acre feet (49,990,000 m3).[3] The lake is impounded by Emigrant Lake Dam, which stands 204 feet (62 m) above the surrounding farmland, and is located on Emigrant Creek at the west side of the lake. The spillway is located at the northern tip of the lake. Emigrant Creek is a tributary of Bear Creek.

History[edit]

The reservoir was created in 1924 when the original 110-foot (34 m) concrete arch dam was built by the Talent Irrigation District for irrigation and flood control.[4] In 1960, the United States Bureau of Reclamation enlarged the dam into the 204-foot (62 m) rock filled structure standing today.[4][5]

Recreation area[edit]

Emigrant Lake features a large recreation area. This includes a 42 site full hookup campground,[6] picnic areas, and two 280-foot (85 m) water slides open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wildernet.com - Emigrant Lake, Oregon". Wildernet.com. Retrieved February 2, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Emigrant Lake, Oregon". Southern Oregon.com. Retrieved February 2, 2008. 
  3. ^ Loy, William; Allan, Stuart; Buckley, Aileen; Meacham, James (2001). Atlas of Oregon (2nd ed.). University of Oregon Press. p. 171. ISBN 978-0-87114-101-9. 
  4. ^ a b "Rogue River Basin Project, Talent Division - Oregon". United States Bureau of Reclamation. Archived from the original on December 19, 2007. Retrieved February 2, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Emigrant Dam". United States Bureau of Reclamation. Archived from the original on December 19, 2007. Retrieved February 2, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Emigrant Lake Recreation Area". Jackson County Parks. Retrieved February 2, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Emigrant Lake Water Slide". Guide to Oregon.com. Retrieved February 2, 2008. 

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