Lost Creek Lake
February 4, 2015
rainbow trout, spring chinook, bass
The Oregon Health Authority has issued a health advisory for Lost Creek Reservoir due to high levels of blue green algae. Visit the OHA website for more information.
Lost Creek offers very good winter trout fishing. Water clarity remains good near the dam and the main body of the reservoir. In the upper reservoir near the bridge, turbid water is present, along with quite a bit of woody debris in the water. This material comes from the pre-Christmas storm.
Bank anglers may want to try fishing the shoreline at the Takelma parking area. Trollers may want to try fishing the lower portion of the reservoir while keeping an eye out for floating debris from the storm. Limits have been reported from the middle of the reservoir down to the dam over the last few weeks.
Lost Creek Lake was created with the building of Lost Creek Dam which began in 1972 and was completed in 1977. The dam was renamed the William L. Jess Dam in 1996 in honor of William L. Jess who was one the founders of the Rogue Basin Association in 1955. The dam was built to work together with the Applegate Dam to help with flood control. Lost Creek Lake was the first part of a multi-purpose Rogue River Basin Project. The project consists of Lost Creek Lake, Applegate Lake and the Elk Creek project.
William L. Jess Dam is an earthfill structure with a gated spillway. It contains two hydroelectric generating units capable of 49 megawatts. The plant has a rated flow capacity of 2,600 cubic feet per second. The temperature of the water that flows from the lake is regulated by its technologically advanced and unusual intake tower. This intake tower mixes water from different depths of the lake in a chamber before releasing it into the river below. Doing this cools the normally warm summer water of the Rogue River improving the conditions for fish migration and survival.
Lost Creek Lake is located in a heavily wooded canyon that makes this lake not only surrounded by amazing scenery and wildlife, but the surrounding forests make it a cool summer retreat when the rest of the Rogue Valley is hot and dry. At 3,430 acres with a depth of 280 feet, the lake provides a great fishing opportunity for rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, and landlocked Chinook salmon, also known as kokanee. There is a total of 30 miles of shoreline on Lost Creek Lake that offer a large selection of fishing opportunities from the bank. There is also the option of fishing from your boat, kayak or canoe.
Lost Creek also sports a marina that offers moorage for boats by the day, week, month or season and pedal and aqua boats available for rent. The Marina also features a beautiful restaurant with breathtaking views of the lake and marina and an outside eating area. The Lost Creek area also contains 11 miles of easy hiking and biking trails for visitors to have a chance to enjoy the serenity of the forest and the beauty of the wildlife.