Campgrounds shutter for the season, access reduced

    With Labor Day now in the rearview mirror, Jackson County parks officials this week began their annual program of phasing in some seasonal campground closures and reduced access opportunities.

    The first came Tuesday when the county-owned water slides at Emigrant Lake County Park closed for the season.

    Also, Grizzly Creek Campground at Howard Prairie Lake closed Tuesday until spring as some public-access areas gets phased out on county facilities at this lake east of Ashland.

    The Willow Point Campground will close Monday, Sept. 20, with Klum Landing and Lily Glen campgrounds closing Oct. 18, rounding out the seasonal closures at Howard Prairie.

    Howard Prairie Resort, which is the hub of activity there, remains open.

    Willow Lake's campground facilities close for the season Monday, at least two weeks earlier than normal, says Steve Lambert, the county parks manager.

    Water levels at the lake near Butte Falls are low enough that the boat ramp already does not reach the water at Willow Lake, Lambert says.

    "There's not much use, so we're making the call to close it early," Lambert says.

    However, the area will be open for day-use, Lambert says. People can park outside and walk to the lake for fishing or other activities, but the gate will be locked at dusk, he says.

    The Rogue Elk Park Campground along Highway 62 will close Friday, Oct. 15, but the day-use area and boat ramp remain open year-round.

    At Emigrant Lake, the Oak Slope tent-camping area will close Oct. 15, and the Point RV Park will no longer take visitors beginning Monday, Nov. 1.

    Details on park openings and closings can be found on the Jackson County Parks website at or by calling the parks office at 541-774-8183.

    Upland game-bird hunters who heard they came up short this week on the controlled-hunt draw in Eastern Oregon might want to check again.

    A computer glitch at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife may have resulted in some successful hunters in the draw being misinformed when they initially checked their success online last week, according to an agency spokesman.

    Those hunters were advised to check again at

    And you better do it quickly. The sage grouse season begins Saturday, Sept. 11, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 19.

    Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or e-mail

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