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Howard Prairie Lake

Medford, OR
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Absolutely Gorgeous Drive Up From Ashland to the Lake

In the late spring this is such a beautiful drive with expansive views over the mountains, alpine... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Medford, Oregon

We recently spent a few days at Howard Prairie where we thoroughly enjoyed a boat ride on this... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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A scenic lake with good fishing.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
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“trout” (6 reviews)
Medford, OR
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Reviewed yesterday

In the late spring this is such a beautiful drive with expansive views over the mountains, alpine valleys and pasture land. So lovely and relatively undeveloped, thank goodness. You need to be OK with switchbacks and hairpin turns. I am; however, this drive is not...More

Thank blissfulliving
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We recently spent a few days at Howard Prairie where we thoroughly enjoyed a boat ride on this beautiful lake as well as some hiking around the lake. The campgrounds are maintained very well by the staff, which is much appreciated!

Thank Maui2014NMR
Reviewed 16 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 10 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 5 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 1 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 1 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 14 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
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cathy s
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
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