Through an agreement with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Jackson County Parks will assume operations of Joseph Stewart Park on Lost Creek Reservoir beginning April 1. The county will manage the day-use area, campground and Lost Creek Marina operations for the next two years, with an option to renew the agreement for an additional three years. During this time the county will be working with the US Army Corps of Engineers to establish a long-term lease agreement for operations of the park. Along with Joseph Stewart Park, Jackson County will assume operations of the Prospect Wayside, Casey Recreation Area, and Tubb Springs Wayside on the Greensprings Highway.
These parks join 21 other developed parks currently managed by Jackson County, now with over 900 campsites. Joseph Stewart Park is located on Oregon Highway 62 near Prospect and is approximately 35 miles northeast of Medford and 30 miles southwest of Crater Lake National Park.
“The Jackson County Parks team is excited for this new opportunity to connect with our guests at a new location and serve the needs of new park users. We expect Joseph Stewart Park to be extremely busy this season and we will be ready to provide a high-quality experience,” says Steve Lambert, Parks Program Manager.
In addition to day-use, the campground has 151 sites with electricity and water and 50 tent sites with water only, as well as two group camping areas. A boat ramp and moorage are available to day-use and overnight visitors.
The Parks Program is currently working to ensure a smooth transfer for guests and expects to begin taking camping reservations in mid-March and plans to have the marina open for moorage and boat rentals by April 15. Those customers with boats currently moored, or those that have contacted the Jackson County Parks office with interest in seasonal moorage at the lake will be contacted soon with details regarding the registration process. Please check back at the Joseph Stewart County Park website, https://jacksoncountyor.org/parks/Camping/Joseph-Stewart-County-Park for details as the transfer proceeds in the near weeks ahead while we approach the Spring recreation season on the lake.
Until April 1, all four parks will remain under the operations and administration of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.