In a tranquil corner of southwest Oregon, lies a magnificent playground – Applegate Lake. This lake, created in 1986 to control fish and watershed issues, is a turquoise treasure that has become the favorite destination for many families.
With a no wake law, Applegate Lake is quiet and serene. No power boats, water skiers or loud engines here; just canoes, kayaks and drift boats. The peace is deafening – and welcome.
A series of trails along the seventeen miles of shoreline is popular with bikers and hikers. The trails wind throughout the verdant green of the Rogue River/Siskiyou National Forest, but always close to the rich blue lake.
The Payette Trail is a spectacular nine mile trail along the shoreline. The Da-Ku- Be-Te-De trail connects with the Payette to complete the lake circumference. Horses are allowed on the Da-Ku-Be-Te-De.
The Collings Mountain Trail is an easy path for beginners or young children. Only ¾ of a mile up this trail is a trap built years ago to trap Big Foot. Sadly, he has steered clear of it.
The more challenging Grouse Loop Trail is a 3 mile loop with unforgettable views.
Stein Butte Trail, at the southernmost part of the lake, is a steep 5 mile trail full of gorgeous wildflowers, wildlife and endless vistas.
Fishermen love Applegate Lake. The lake is stocked four times a year with rainbow trout, making a catch almost certain – and tasty. Other common fish are both small and large mouth bass, crappie and perch. The lake is open to fishing year round and seasonally in the river. Several fishing tournaments take place each year, making for fun and productive days.
Applegate Lake supports two lovely campgrounds and one dry RV park. Two additional campgrounds are located within easy drives of the lake. Two day use swimming areas and a well stocked store at the Hart-ish campground make the day more relaxing.
Applegate Lake is the place to slow down and enjoy the best nature can offer. The clear, clean water, expansive skies and quiet will recharge all the internal batteries. What could be better than that?