Emigrant Lake Recreation Area
Six miles out of Ashland is a popular ski boat reservoir known as Emigrant Lake Recreation Area. This is classified as a county park, this is actually a full service area, complete with 42 campsites, RV hook up, swimming, boating, fishing, and more. See the images and link below for more details. It's easy to see from I-5 on the Siskiyou Summit descent. Residents of Ashland are very lucky to have such a wealth of lakes in the area as Emigrant Lake is but one of many such lakes.
"Leafy and Quirky"
Even though Ashland is located out in the middle of nowhere, roughly halfway between San Francisco and Portland, its beautiful surroundings -- the Rogue River and the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains -- make the long drive worthwhile.
Ashland is also home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Southern Oregon University, so despite its remote location, it has the intellectual atmosphere you'd usually find in more cosmopolitan areas. It's a lovely little town -- treesy like Mill Valley and quirky like Berkeley -- that mixes Victorian architecture with modern shops.
You never know what you'll find in Ashland. Just after a costumed Shakespearean actor walked past us, we spied this Ariel Atom, an American-manufactured racecar, parked on the street. It was drawing quite a crowd. I was tickled to hear one of the onlookers, a woman in her 60s, remark, "That's a very interesting front suspension!"
"Pockets of Calm"
Mother Nature is never very far away. This peaceful little creek runs alongside the crowded main street in Ashland.