New Marina Opens in Jackson County, Oregon

A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place this past June for a new marina on Howard Prairie Lake in Jackson County, Oregon. Water access has been an issue in recent years as drought rendered the old marina unusable, causing the county to miss out on about $100,000 in launch, slip, and boat rental fees, annually. The new facility sits lower in the lake basin than the old marina, allowing for use during lower water levels.

Project funding arrived from Jackson County ($3 million), the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation ($1.8 million), the Oregon State Marine Board ($562,897), Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife ($354,343), according to an article by Rogue Valley Times. Seattle-based Duwanish Services installed the docks manufactured by Transpac Marinas of Anacortes, Washington, while West Coast Contractors of Coos Bay drove the piles. The county anticipates the new marina will bring boaters back to the lake like the substantial numbers of past years.