Fact Sheets

Jess Dam / Lost Creek Lake

Published Sept. 17, 2013


  • 690 sq.  mi.
  • Upper Rogue Watershed drains the southern Cascade Range from Crater Lake to Mt. McLaughlin
  • 8,006 project acres
  • 3,062 pool acres
  • 4,944 upland acres
  • 34 miles of marked project boundary
  • 17 cultural resource sites, including 7 eligible for the National Historic Register
  • 2 boat-in/hike-in campgrounds, 7 day-use areas, and 1 boat ramp managed by Corps of Engineers, 1 visitor center
  • Additional campgrounds, day use areas, boat ramps & a marina managed by Oregon State Parks, and a private concessionaire
  • 30 miles of Rogue River National Recreation Trail
  • 4 professional team members


Natural Resources

  • Federally threatened Coho Salmon with potential for three endangered sp: Gentner’s fritillaria, spotted owl, peregrine falcon
  • 36 special status species including: Bald Eagle, western pond turtle and  saw-toothed sedge
  • Mowing upland prairie for native species



  • 450,000 annual recreation visitors
  • $9M annual recreation economic impacts FY09

FY11 Funding

  • $347K Recreation
  • $91K Natural Resources
  • $35K Fisheries

Key Partnerships

  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Upper Rogue Watershed Association
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • US Forest Service
  • Jackson County Community Justice
  • Oregon State Police
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Others



  • 112 volunteers in FY11 providing 1,443 service hours for an estimated value of $30,823.
  • Cooperative Agreement with Bureau of Land Management to operate the McGregor Park visitor center
  • Provided 5,043 direct interpretive contacts for education and outreach efforts to the public including water safety programs, environmental education, powerhouse and environmental tours, and campground programs.
  • Constructed and installed 2 life jacket loaner boards
  • Corps representative for SW Oregon
  • FY 11 partnership value of $70,840
  • Comprehensive cultural resources survey of Lost Creek 2011
  • Zero water related fatalities for FY11


  • Water Safety – 725 direct water safety related contacts, maintain 2 life jacket loaner boards at key locations
  • Boundary Management: Maintain and monitor approximately 34 miles of boundary, including annual compliance inspections
  • Land Management: 3,969 acres of upland habitat


  • Invasive species
  • Providing quality recreation on a shrinking budget
  • Aging infrastructure
  • Blue-green algae
  • Outreach to younger generation
  • Modernization and updates of McGregor Visitor Center