Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area

Park History

Following construction of Lost Creek Dam and Lake on the Rogue River, this park lies on land leased from the Army Corps of Engineers and opened its doors on June 16, 1978. 151 electric campsites along with 50 tent sites form the campground, while the day use area boasts a marina, store cafe and boat moorage facilities.

The park is named after Joseph H. Stewart, who was the leader of the pear industry in Southern Oregon. In 1885, Stewart moved to the Rogue Valley from Illinois and purchased 160-acre property outside of Medford, now known as "Eden Valley Orchard." Joseph Stewart began planting pears, apples, prunes and almonds, and only 5 years after he started, he began shipping fruit on railcars throughout the nation. In 1898, Stewart and his son-in-law A.J. Weeks, purchased land where the park is today. Together they planted pear and apple orchards and an English Walnut grove, most of these trees can still be found in the park.

Acreage: 910.07

Annual overnight attendance: 64,787

Annual day-use attendance: 301,816

Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area FAQ


Where can I get a fishing report for Lost Creek Lake?

Log onto Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for the latest fishing reports, regulations and license requirements. Or call (503) 947-6000 for more information.

Where do I get an Aquatic Invasive Species Permit?

Log onto Oregon State Marine Board for permit information and guidelines. Or call (503) 378-8587 for information and questions.

Does the Lost Creek Marina sell ice?

The Marina, located in our Day Use Area, has a convenience store, cafe, boat rentals and offers moorage for visiting boats. Log onto their website for more information regarding hours and rental rates, or call them at (541) 560-3646.

What is the park address?

Joseph Stewart State Park
35251 Highway 62
Trail, Oregon 97541
Latitude: 42.68193 N
Longitude: -122.6156 W

What's Allowed

How many people and vehicles are allowed on one campsite?

Campsites are limited to eight people and only two extra vehicles per site to protect natural resources. All vehicles must be parked on pavement at the site or in a designated parking area. Once a site has three registered vehicles, no additional vehicles may enter the site. An extra vehicle fee of $7 per vehicle, per night will apply.


What wildlife lives in the area?

There is a wide variety of wildlife in this area. Bald Eagles and Osprey are seen soaring above the lake, while Rainbow Trout and Bass are jumping out of the lake. Small critters like raccoons, foxes, skunks and squirrels will bounce around the campground, while lots of deer roam around. During the Winter and Spring seasons, Black Bears and Cougars have been spotted in the area.


Are dogs allowed in the campground?

Yes dogs are allowed. Your pet needs to be physically restrained, meaning you must be holding them, holding onto their collar, or have them on a leash no longer than six feet. The exceptions
are if your pet is in an off-leash area or inside your vehicle, tent, or camper. The off-leash area is located outside of D loop next to the volleyball court.

Statewide FAQ

Available via this link