Joseph Stewart State Recreation Area

Your Southern Oregon Basecamp

Overlooking the Rogue River’s scenic Lost Creek Reservoir, Joseph Stewart is a popular destination for hikers, bikers, anglers and boaters alike. Spend your time enjoying the many activities in the park itself or use it as your base camp for the perfect southern Oregon getaway!

Oregon’s Own National Park

View of Crater Lake and Wizard Island

Visit Nearby Crater Lake

At just 40 miles away, Joseph Stewart State Park is one of the nearest public campgrounds to Crater Lake National Park. Many visitors make the short trip north to see the deepest lake in the United States. Some even make the quick boat trip to Wizard Island, formed when the peak of Mount Mazama collapsed into its base in a volcanic explosion some 4,000 years ago.

But Crater Lake is just one of southern Oregon’s sights-to-see. Where will you go next?

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Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve

Imagine a beautiful yet eerie underworld formed over millennia from solid marble. The slow drip of water leaves behind trace minerals, gradually forming other-worldly sculptures built over centuries. Add the soundtrack of a babbling creek, appropriately named the River Styx, and you might feel as if you’ve crossed into a completely alien world. Welcome to the Oregon Caves!

Although the Oregon Caves Monument and Preserve is a bit further afield from Joseph Stewart than Crater Lake, it is well worth the trip. This unique complex of underground halls and galleries stun visitors, immersing them in an unseen world that lies just under the surface of this protected forest preserve. While the caves themselves can be toured from April – November most years, the preserve itself is open year round, offering hiking, wildlife viewing, and views to inspire your inner photographer.

Note that the caves themselves are accessible only on tours operated by the National Park Service. Check their website for availability and be sure to watch their “Know Before You Go” video to make the most of this not-to-be-missed Oregon location.

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