In 1972 the Forest Service acquired the lakes from Squaw
Lakes, Inc. through a land exchange. Before the exchange the
area was used heavily by cattle and as a pay-type campground by
the owners, where vehicles and boats had easy access to the
larger lake. The Forest Service withdrew from mineral entry, 540
acres surrounding the lake, fenced out the cattle, and
restricted vehicle access to Forest Service vehicles only, to
preserve the natural appearance of the land surrounding the
lakes, minimize soil disturbance, and protect the quality of the
water in the lakes and springs adjacent to them.
permittees make up the Range program for the Applegate Ranger
District, 1,052 head are grazed on six different allotments
which total 197,105 acres.Location:
Take Hwy 238
from I- 5 south to Ruch, then follow the
Applegate River Rd south to Applegate Reservoir.
Go across dam to Forest Rd 1075 and to the
Lakes Camping is Walk-in ONLY. Vehicles are
parked outside the gate area, and all personal
belongings must be hiked into the camping area.
There is no exceptions to the policy. Due to the
remote location of Squaw Lakes, CHECK-IN at the
campground is currently not available. Prior to
crossing the dam and driving up the mountain
road, we recommend that you check-in at Hart-Tish
Park General Store at Applegate Lake. It's just
3/4 of a mile past the dam on the left hand
side. Your check-in will be quick and easy, and
also you can get last minute supplies you may
have forgotten. Do not proceed to Squaw Lakes
without a copy of your reservation confirmation
in-hand. Our Camp-host routinely checks each
campsite for proper documentation.
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& DamFor Camping Fees, Dates,
Hours & Info Call: 541-899-9220 or visit their
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