Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area

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About Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area

The bright teal blue water of Lost Creek Reservoir in the Joseph H. Stewart Recreation Area beckons you. Rent a boat from the marina and go looking for trout in the reservoir lake--or strap on some water skis and follow behind your own boat for a wild, wet ride. Hike or bike beneath the large, lush conifer trees on the recreation area’s 11 miles of trails, or pack a picnic and set up for a few hours in the large day-use area--there’s even a kitchen area with gas stoves and a bbq trailer for rent if you want to go gourmet. You can also swim, spot wildlife, and--if you’re staying overnight--stargaze after the sun goes down. Trust us, Joseph H. Stewart’ll keep ya busy!

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Joseph H. Stewart Campground

1. Joseph H. Stewart Campground

Watch the boats zip by on the reservoir below when you camp at Joseph H. Stewart. There are campsites with water and fire rings--151 of those have...

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History of Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area

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.