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Jackson County set to take over Joseph H. Stewart Recreation Area on April 1

Jackson County Parks will take over management of the erstwhile state park in April.

Posted: Feb 24, 2021 6:04 PM
Updated: Feb 24, 2021 6:08 PM

SHADY COVE, Ore. — Jackson County will take over management of the Joseph H. Stewart Recreation Area at Lost Creek Lake effective by the beginning of April, state officials said on Wednesday.

Oregon Parks and Recreation is transferring the park to Jackson County Parks' oversight as of April 1. The county will be charged with maintaining the day-use area, campground, and Lost Creek Reservoir Marina operations over the next two years — with the option to renew the agreement for three years beyond that.

“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,” said Steve Lambert, Jackson County Parks program manager. “We expect Joseph Stewart park to be extremely busy this season and we will be ready to provide a high-quality experience.”

Jackson County currently manages 21 other developed parks, including more than 900 campsites.

State park staff will be transitioning to provide service at Valley of the Rogue State Park, TouVelle State Recreation Site, and other state park lands in the area.

Joseph Stewart Park is located along Highway 62 between Shady Cove and Prospect — about 35 miles northeast of Medford and 30 miles southwest of Crater Lake National Park.

On top of day-use areas, the Joseph Stewart campground has 151 sites with electricity and water hookups, and 50 tent sites with water only. There are also two group camping areas. A boat ramp and moorage are available for both day-use and overnight visitors.

Jackson County expects to begin accepting camping, boat slips and boat rental reservations on March 15. More information about the park, including reservation availability, is available at www.jacksoncountyparks.com, or call (541) 774-8183.

“We welcome this new partnership with the county, especially since we know they are as passionate about helping people enjoy the outdoors as we are,” says J.R. Collier, OPRD region manager. “We’ll be working together to see if this improves efficiency and improves service to park visitors.”

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