Drought Exposes Emigrant Lake Debris

ASHLAND, Ore. — Emigrant Lake is the lowest it has been in decades. With the drought persisting and water levels shrinking garbage and debris is being exposed. On Saturday, about two dozen local volunteers met to clean-up the lake. They recovered sunken treasures like tires, old beer cans, and relics of the past. One lady … Continue reading »

Klamath Junction Surfaces From Drought

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — The tiny town of Klamath Junction is resurfacing in Emigrant Lake once again because of the drought, but this time, the Federal Bureau of Reclamation is performing an excavation of the site. The bureau has hired an archaeologist to inventory and document remnants belonging to the town of Klamath Junction. A hazardous … Continue reading »

Drought Causing Low Lake Levels

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County Parks have taken a big financial hit this summer, as area lakes have been much lower than normal. Currently, Emigrant Lake is 30 percent full, and Howard Prairie Lake is 37 percent full. The Jackson County Parks Department said it has caused several boat ramps to be closed much earlier … Continue reading »

Ashland Safe Drinking Water Scam

ASHLAND, Ore. — Ashland has received reports of an unnamed company trying to sell bottled water to local households in the city. The company is claims due to drought conditions this year, the water supply in Ashland is not suitable to drink. The company also claims the city’s water is coming from Emigrant Lake and … Continue reading »

Drought Sparks Water Sale Scam

ASHLAND, Ore. — The City of Ashland is warning residents of a water sale scam going around. According to the city’s press release, a company is trying to sell bottled water to local households claiming Ashland’s water is unsuitable for drinking. The city advises that this is not true. The city said, “Ashland’s water quality … Continue reading »

Emigrant Lake Driest in Years

ASHLAND, Ore. – Emigrant Lake is showing the lowest water volume in more than a decade. According to Bureau of Reclamation Statistics, water volume is less than half of where it was last year at this time. Last year the lake measured 19,310 acre-feet, versus 8,610 this year. Total precipitation is also lower than any … Continue reading »

Labor Day at the Lake

EMIGRANT LAKE, Ore. — One of the most popular spots to vacation over Labor Day weekend is the lake. Camping, grilling, boating – all iconic symbols of what has become known as the last weekend of the summer. Most of the camping lots are filled up at Emigrant Lake with campers celebrating the Labor Day … Continue reading »

Emigrant Lake Packed for Holiday Weekend

ASHLAND, Ore. – Campers at Emigrant Lake say it’s a packed Fourth of July weekend as usual. And it seems to be getting more popular every year. “As far as the camping it’s way more packed,” said camper Jeff Elmore. “It used to be more private and everything. Now’s it’s grown a lot, there’s a … Continue reading »

Emigrant Lake Filling up Quickly

EMIGRANT LAKE, Ore. — Parks in Jackson County are looking forward to the holiday weekend. Officials say hot weather coming in during a holiday weekend means the parks will be busy. Some campsites are already completely booked, while others have a few spaces left, but those few spaces are rented out on a first come … Continue reading »

Business Slow on Memorial Day Weekend

MEDFORD, Ore. – Vacationers up and down the Rogue Valley are enjoying their long weekend, but downtown restaurants and bars say that isn’t exactly good for business. Memorial Day weekend is the first big weekend for camping. That means campgrounds like Emigrant Lake are nearly full and downtown is empty. Places like Elements Tapas Bar … Continue reading »