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Jackson County announces parks closures, delays

Parts of the Jackson County parks system have been shut down and some facilities will delay scheduled openings in an effort to minimize worker and visitor exposure to the coronavirus.

Full refunds will be issued for any reservations that were canceled due to the changes, officials said. Parks employees will contact people who made reservations to give refund details.

Several parks were closed as of Tuesday.

The Oak Slope tent campground at Emigrant Lake is closed until further notice, although the RV park will remain open for a while. All day-use areas in the main park, except for the boat ramp and restroom near the spillway, have closed, including the dispersed recreation sites on the south end of the lake.

All reservations and events through April 30 are canceled at the Riverhouse at Upper Rogue Regional Park.

Willow Lake cabins, yurts and the campground have closed until further notice. The boat ramp will remain open.

At Cantrall Buckley Park, all areas except Area D by the river have closed, although the boat ramp will remain open.

Other facilities will open later than usual for the summer recreation season.

Park officials urged people to keep in mind that because of low water, the boat ramps at Howard Prairie Lake are not expected to be usable this year.

Revised opening dates are only estimates at this time and are subject to change based on future recommendations from public health officials, park officials warned.

For now, the opening date for Howard Prairie Resort and Apserkaha Park at Howard Prairie Lake is May 21.

All other parks surrounding Howard Prairie Lake will open June 12.

The Emigrant Lake water slide will remain closed until further notice and will likely open later than usual. An updated water slide schedule will be provided closer to summer.

Facilities that will remain open as usual include the Dodge Bridge boat ramp, Takelma boat ramp, Upper Rogue Regional boat ramp, Southern Oregon RV Park and Rogue Elk Boat Camp and RV Park, although the tent campground at Rogue Elk is closed until further notice.

See jacksoncountyor.org/ for updates on Jackson County government services, including county parks.

Jackson County has temporarily closed some parks and delayed the season opening of some facilities, although the Southern Oregon RV Park, shown in this photo, will remain open.Jackson County photo