Fish Lake Sno-Park


Area Status: Open

This facility provides access year-round.  In the summer it provides access to Fish Lake and boating opportunities, as well as for hikers and bikes.  In winter, it allows access to snowmobile trails that connect to the extensive system of trails, including the Lake of the Woods area and trails.  Parking is available for approximately 35 vehicles. Toilets and a picnic shelter are available.

The Fish Lake Sno-Park is also adjacent to Fish Lake Resort, which has cabins, cafe, and a store.  Please note that access to the snowmobile trails from Fish Lake Sno-Park is through Fish Lake Campground.  Please enter and exit only at the trailhead bulletin board and stay on the marked/groomed trail. Dogs are NOT allowed on designated Nordic ski trails.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

You must have a valid Sno–Park permit displayed near the lower left corner of the windshield of your vehicle if you park in a designated winter recreation parking area (Sno–Park) between November 1 and April 30. Oregon’s Sno–Park Program is funded entirely by the sale of Sno– Park permits. The program provides funds for snow removal in Sno–Parks and enforcement of the permit requirement. Permits are sold at all DMV offices and by permit sales agents at various resorts, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets. Sales agents may charge an additional service fee for each permit they sell. There are three types of permits:

  • An annual permit ($25.00/year)
  • A 3-day permit ($9.00/year)
  • A one-time, daily permit ($4.00/day)

CHAIN AND TRACTION TIRE REQUIREMENTS

When you travel in winter conditions, you must carry chains or traction tires in or on your vehicle, and must use them, when required by the signs posted. Under some conditions, four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles may be exempt from the requirements to use chains.

For more information on Oregon’s chain and traction tire requirements, go to Oregon Department of Transportation travel web page, Tripcheck.

WINTER DRIVING CHECKLIST

Traveling in Oregon’s snow country can be hazardous, especially if you are caught in a severe storm. The following checklist will help you be prepared in case you must travel during heavy snow.

  • Is there sufficient anti–freeze in your radiator?
  • Are the windshield wipers in good condition, and is the reservoir filled with winterized washer fluid?
  • Are the muffler and exhaust system in good condition? A leaking exhaust system can fill a closed car with carbon monoxide gas.
  • Is the gas tank filled? Long waits during storms are common.
  • Is the defroster in good working order?
  • Extra equipment— The following items will help you in case of an emergency, such as getting stuck in a snowbank:
    • Small shovel
    • Flares
    • Bag of sand, rock salt or a skid mat
    • Ice scraper and brush to remove ice and snow from your vehicle
    • Rags or paper towels to clean the windshield.
    • Battery booster cables
    • Warm, waterproof clothing, boots and gloves
    • Blankets
    • Flashlight with extra batteries
    • Emergency food supply
    • Extra drinking water

At a Glance

Restrictions: Dogs are not allowed on designated nordic ski trails on the Rogue River-Siskiyou and Fremont-Winema National Forests.
Closest Towns:
  • Ashland, OR
  • Medford, OR
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: High Cascades Ranger District

General Information

Directions:

From Ashland, OR, take Interstate 5 north 16 miles to Medford, OR, Exit 30. Follow Highway 62 north 10 miles to Highway 140. Turn right and go east 30 miles to Fish Lake. Turn right onto the plowed access road and continue 0.4 mile to the Fish Lake Sno-Park.


Recreation Map

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Activities

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Snowmobiling

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
42.39355

  Longitude : 
-122.3136965

  Elevation : 
4600