Photos and story by Thom Larkin

The Rogue Valley's Hike of the Week:

Emigrant Lake (The Cove)

How to get there:

Drive southeast from Ashland on Green Springs Highway. There will be signs for the main Emigrant Lake Recreation area, complete with water slides, playgrounds, camping and RV hookups. Continue past this area to get to The Cove.

The Cove is located just after mile marker No. 6 on Green Springs Highway. Take a left onto the gravel road and drive carefully due to pot holes. There will be a large gravel parking lot as the road stretches to the left. —

Brief Info:

Emigrant Lake has 806 acres, full of places for afternoon adventures. The Cove is a day-use-only area just past mile marker No. 6.

There are many easy trails to follow in this area. One can enjoy a stroll through the open fields, retreat to the shady trails on the hills covered with oaks or make your way down to the water.

Dogs are welcome on leashes and there are safe trails for riding horses. Beware of ticks, poison oak and rattlesnakes.

This time of year, rattlesnakes are just beginning to emerge for the sun, so don't tromp too far from the trails.

For bird lovers, there are osprey that frequent these parts to get their meals. Drugs, alcohol, fire arms and fires are prohibited. —

History:

There used to be a small travelers' stop that was the hub for travel to Ashland, Klamath Falls and the Siskiyou Summit. It was known as Klamath Junction. This area has a violent past. In the 1850s, there was a six-week Rogue Indians War, in which Native Americans defended their land from pioneers.

In 1926, Emigrant Lake was created to supply water for the irrigation within the valley, which includes the Talent Irrigation District.



Klamath Junction slowly expanded as an attempt to become independent of Ashland. In the 1930s, there were a handful of houses, two gas stations, an automotive garage, caf&

233; and The Dutch Mill, a roadhouse that served as a dance hall.

Around 1960, Emigrant Lake went through an expansion with the addition of a much larger dam, which condemned Klamath Junction to a watery demise.

Types of fish:

Black crappie, brown bullhead, channel catfish, chinook salmon, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, yellow perch.