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Howard Prairie Lake

Medford, OR
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Serene and Pristine Setting

We visited over a weekend and were pleased to see many open camping areas right on the lake. We did... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2017
Anderson, California
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Beautiful setting

Spent 2 nights here in our RV and had the boat in the water. Had a delightful time. The smell of... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Central Point, Oregon
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A scenic lake with good fishing.
  • Excellent50%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
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“trout” (6 reviews)
Medford, OR
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Reviewed 17 May 2017

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 little rain, but we sure didn't expect...More

Thank 1horseshay
Reviewed 11 April 2017

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

1  Thank Jvillejeanne
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Howard Prairie is a seasonal recreational area with camping and boating during warm summer months. In summer, there is a hiking trail that goes around the entire lake. I've never done it so not sure of its length. My athletic niece hiked it and took...More

Thank Anndara A
Reviewed 2 March 2017

I have, until three years ago, fished Howard Prairie faithfully on opening day of trout fishing every year since 1977 when it was possible. I have seen the fishery and management thereof decline to the point I no longer even consider the trek for opnening...More

Thank MedfordOregonfisher
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Summer swims, camping, Spring mushroom hunting, Winter hiking. Get out of town and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.

1  Thank Lesslee
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Howard Prairie Lake had been a family favorite for many years! When you live in the Rogue Valley you have so much beauty that surrounds you that choices for weekend getaways or just a day drive on your day off are myriad! Howard Prairie is...More

2  Thank tejae_12
Reviewed 15 August 2016

We recently spent some time at Howard Prairie. We took a hike to Willow Point which was not only scenic, but we also saw deer in various areas. We took a boat ride on the lake which was very pleasant. Our friends were able to...More

1  Thank Maui2014NMR
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Originally from Oregon the lakes are amazing, the mountains and fresh air is breath taking. If you have the chance to witness Howard Prairie Lake after the winter has hit and still has signs of snow you will love it. The water has an aqua...More

Thank Louis R
Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

It is way up in the mountains so it did not get very warm. Very far from town, so don't forget anything! The lake is really for fishing... My kids tried to swim, but I got too nervous after we found multiple fishing hooks. Both...More

Thank Rebecca E
Reviewed 6 July 2016

We have camped here multiple times and love it. The staff at the store and the boat marina are fantastic and go above and beyond. Camp sites are clean and camp hosts are friendly, showers are free and bathrooms always have been clean!

1  Thank Laura M
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cathy s
Can you rent kayaks here??
13 May 2017|
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Response from Anndara A | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry that I don't know if they rent kayaks at Howard Prairie. I believe they rent boats? Let me see if I can ask a local person who knows. Sorry couldn't answer your question.
Sherri C
We have booked for the middle of June. I'm assuming (in a hopeful way) that since the rain and snow we have experienced this year, the lake is filling up and fishing and boating is once again possible. Is this correct? Thank you.
28 April 2017|
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Response from tejae_12 | Reviewed this property |
According to the latest repor from Oregon Live website everything looks a-ok! The lake was officially listed as full Wednesday — for the first time since the spring of 2011 — and trout bums used to fishing this popular lake... More