Emigrant Lake, which can be seen while descending I-5 from California into Oregon, is a large reservoir about five miles south-east of Ashland. It takes its name from Emigrant Creek, the largest feeder to the reservoir.
During the summer months, Emigrant Lake is a popular swimming and fishing area. There is also a water-park located alongside the lake that normally draws a crowd on hot summer days.
The Ashland Rowing Club is based next to the lake. Their main storage area is only a couple hundred yards from the dock and holds dozens of sculling and crew boats. Teams of eight can often times be seen slicing through the water going from one end of the lake to the next.
An old cemetery can be found if you drive across the main dam and park at the end of the road. A small trail extends along a finger of land until you reach the grave sites. This is also a popular trail used be fisherman.
To get to Emigrant Lake from Ashland:
1) Head south on Siskiyou Blvd.
2) Take a left on Ashland St., continue over I-5.
3) Ashland St. turns into Greensprings Highway 66. Continue on it for 4.5 miles.
4) Turn left on Emigrant Lake Road. This will take you to the main dam.