Jackson County camping sites now can be reserved online

Campers can now register online for Jackson County Parks campground sites now that the county's system has gone to the World Wide Web for the first time.

Beginning this week, campers can use a computer instead of the telephone to reserve RV and tent sites at Emigrant Lake County Park near Ashland, Willow Point Campground at Howard Prairie Lake and Rogue Elk County Park along the upper Rogue River.

The county had been one of the last left in Oregon to move online for at least some camping reservations, said Steve Lambert, county parks program manager.

Campers still can reserve sites by telephone for these and most other small and less-developed parks in Jackson County. That telephone number remains 541-774-8183.

Reservations for sites must be made 14 days in advance.

The online address is www.jacksoncountyparks.com. Once on the Parks website, click on "Emigrant Lake," "Rogue Elk," or "Willow Point" in the "Reserve Your Campsite Today!" section of the home page. From there you will be able to check availability, reserve a spot and pay in advance.

There is a non-refundable $8 per campsite reservation fee and you must be 18 or older to reserve a spot. Full payment is required at the time of reservation.

Campers still can stay up to 14 days at a campsite.

All group camps and picnic shelter reservations still will be handled by parks staff on the telephone.

Lost Creek and Applegate reservoirs are scheduled this week to get a fresh infusion of legal-sized and lunker rainbow trout in preparation for the Memorial Day weekend.

Lost Creek was scheduled today to receive 20,000 legal-sized trout all around 8-9 inches long, as well as 500 lunkers measuring 16 to 20 inches.

Applegate on Monday received its latest complement of 9,000 legals, and the reservoir is set to get its 500 lunkers Friday, says David Pease, assistant manager at Cole Rivers Hatchery.

The Lost Creek fish will be distributed between the boat ramps at Takelma along the dam's northwest corner and at the Lost Creek Lake Marina at Stewart State Park.

The Applegate rainbows were split between the Hart-Tish boat ramp and the Copper boat ramp.

Also set for stocking Friday are the first set of legal-sized rainbows planted in the Rogue River and Union Creek upstream of the reservoir in the Union Creek area. About 2,500 rainbows will be distributed at various locations there, with the stocking to continue every other week through the summer.

That area is listed as "Section 5" in the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's trout-stocking schedule available at www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/trout_stocking_schedules/.

Lake Selmac in Josephine County also had 3,000 legals stocked there Tuesday.

A record 540 people attended Saturday's Oregon Hunters Association statewide convention in Canyonville, helping the state's largest hunting organization gross $165,690 from its raffles and auctions.

The OHA items that included Oregon Ducks football tickets, youth bird hunts, and safari hunts in Africa and New Zealand, state coordinator Duane Dungannon said.

A statewide deer tag auctioned by the Oregon Access and Habitat Program sold for $23,000 at convention, which was held at Seven Feathers Casino.

Mike Kaiser of Eagle Point won the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's annual antelope tag drawing announced at the convention.

The event marked the first time in eight years that the OHA convention was held in Southern Oregon, and it was a sellout a week before the doors opened, Dungannon said.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or e-mail mfreeman@mailtribune.com.

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