We went to the EmigrantLake Waterslides last summer for the first time and had a blast! If you haven't been, YOU SHOULD GO! I guarantee you will have an awesome time.
For $7 on the weekend you can get an hour and a half pass to go down the two waterslides, as many times as you want. For $10 you can go for three hours! While that is a great deal, with us having our four year old, the hour and half was perfect because honestly, mommy and daddy were pretty pooped climbing up all of those stairs, waiting in line and going down with our four year old on our laps. (By the way, up to five years old they get to go for free since they sit on our laps, pretty great deal!) Even our ten year old was content with the hour and a half.
Emigrant Lake doesn't just have the waterslides it is a mecca for outdoor watersports. People were out on the lake in their tahiti's, rafts and paddle boards. If you don't have your own stand-up paddle board you can even rent them there from Liquid BlueSUP and they have instructor's there if you need the help. It's a pretty great set up. In fact on Saturday, before the waterslides, we went and got to try out some paddle board's because Desolation Outdoors was out there giving free demonstrations. We all were quickly addicted and once again we were already planning our next trip out to Emigrant to get some paddle boarding in. Our little one even had fun doing a little paddle boarding with me. After our paddle boarding adventure we went to build sandcastles and finish our day wading in the lake.
If you decide that you want to camp we loved the views of the lake and the sunrises and sunsets were amazing! It's the perfect getaway if you want to take a quick trip up the freeway to enjoy one of southern Oregon's favorite summer playgrounds.
There are so many other fun activities to do at Emigrant! In years past we have gone with friends to go wakeboarding. And we've even seen paragliders coming down onto the shores. SO MUCH FUN in one place!
If you want to go, Emigrant Lake is located at the south exit of Ashland off of Greensprings Hwy 66. MAP Don't forget the $4 daily parking fee to enter where the swim area, waterslides and paddle boarding are.
TIP: If you just want to go for a swim and don't want to pay the fee there is a small lot at the bottom of the hill before entering the park; there are no bathrooms or concession stand and you will have to walk a bit to get around to where you will be able to have some shade but you will get a nice swim in.
What are some of your favorite summer playground spots? As always we are always looking to try out new places!