Poole Creek Campground is nestled in a forest of lodgepole pine, mountain hemlock and Shasta red fir, just south of the mouth of Poole Creek on the west shore of Lemolo Lake. The lake is the highest reservoir on the North Umpqua River at an elevation of 4,150 feet.
Boating, fishing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing and water skiing top the list of recreational activities at the campground. Lemolo Lake provides outdoor enthusiasts with a multitude of recreational opportunities year round. The forested shoreline and mountainous backdrop provide a perfect setting for both swimmers braving the lake's cold, refreshing waters, and for anglers casting lines from boat or beach. Populations of German brown trout, Eastern brook trout, rainbow trout and kokanee salmon thrive in the lake which reaches depths of up to 100 feet in places. For waterfall seekers, nearby Lemolo Falls Trail is a steep traverse that drops down into North Umpqua Canyon for a view of Lemolo Falls as it cascades 150 feet to the canyon bottom. A spur trail accesses the bottom of the canyon below the falls.
This campground has 60 standard sites, 27 of these sites are reservable and the rest are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is also one reservable group site. Sites are equipped with picnic tables, campfire rings and grills. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided.
Umpqua National Forest visitors are often taken aback by unique and surprising landscapes shaped by explosive geologic events. The 984,602-acre forest provides spectacular scenery and an abundance of natural and cultural resources. The translation of the word, "Umpqua," meaning "thundering waters," defines the area. High mountain lakes, heart-stopping rapids, peaceful ponds and thundering waterfalls, including the 272-foot Watson Falls on the North Umpqua Highway, offer visitors a renewed sense of spirit. Diverse ecosystems support a wide range of habitat for wildlife. From eagles and owls to salamanders and salmon, these species, along with many others, depend on surrounding undeveloped wilderness, clean streams and diverse forests to live.
Experience 172 miles of diverse river and mountain landscapes along the Rogue-Umpqua National Scenic Byway. Travel from rolling oak-covered hills and towering coniferous forests, to roaring whitewater rapids and ancient lava flows. The highway travels alongside the Upper Rogue and North Umpqua Wild and Scenic Rivers that contain world-class fisheries.
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Great camp host this year, just a really nice location
My wife's family has been camping here for more than a decade and I was only recently looped into the tradition of spending a week fishing, reading by the lake, telling stories over beer and the occasional hike.
Poole Creek gives you boat access and sits you on a nice trail around Lemolo lake. You're also a short drive away from Crater Lake and Mt. Thielsen. The trail is a nice day hike around the lake and takes you around other campsites on the lake as well as scars from the Bunker Hill fire.
Fishing on Lemolo will require you to get up early in order to get a good catch. The trout there can be good size but they're elusive creatures. If you leave a deep line in overnight from your campsite, you could get a brown on your line!
The campsites at Poole Creek are generously sized and can fit several tents. I've never had trouble finding good trees to hang a hammock from.
The only downside here is the water in Lemolo lake. It usually has a fine temperature for swimming, but late summer algae makes a lot of people think twice. If you want crystal clear (although cold!) water head to where the North Umpqua meets the lake on the east side.