forested slopes and often snow covered peaks of the Siskiyou
Mountains are reflected in the clear blue waters of Applegate
Lake in the Rogue River National Forest. In this scenic
setting the U.S. Forest Service operates hike-in campgrounds
and lakeshore areas for picnicking, swimming and boating.
The lake extends to the California border and a hiking trail
follows the 18 mile shoreline.
Development at most of the recreational sites is minimal
and the majority of the lakeshore has been maintained
in a natural
state. Another measure for preserving the rustic character
of the lake is a ten mile per hour speed limit for all boats.
Paved trails and other barrier free facilities are provided
at the day use areas so that they may be enjoyed by all visitors.
Water, stored in the reservoir for flood protection, maintains
a year round flow in the Applegate River, assuring good quality
water, even in dry summer months.