In a world dominated by sitting down, motionlessly hooked to a screen just two feet in front of you for hours upon hours, you can easily see why the opposite of that has become one the fastest growing sports in the world: Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP).
It’s not a difficult concept to grasp: you are on a board … that you paddle … while standing.
This sport has become popular in part because of its ease and versatility. While more challenging than other paddle sports such as kayaking or canoeing, a beginner can still feel at ease on an SUP in just a short afternoon on a calm lake. And it’s just plain fun.
The sport is definitely taking a hold here in the Ashland area. There are several stores in town offering SUPs for sale and rent, as well as a SUP rental business that also offers instruction, located at Emigrant Lake.
Howard Prairie Lake
This beautiful alpine lake (elev. 4,500 ft.) high above the southern Rogue Valley boasts 1.63 miles of lake frontage, making it a popular destination for boating, sailing, and fishing at one of the best trout fisheries in southern Oregon. The 155-acre park offers 167 tent sites with 185 trailer hookups. The Howard Prairie Resort includes a restaurant, store, marina and boat rentals.
Hyatt Lake (elev. 5,000 ft.) is about five miles down the road from Howard Prairie Lake. The BLM offers a campground with 72 sites with a cement boat ramp, swimming area and picnic cites. The resort is open year-round.
Fish Lake (elev. 4,600 ft.) rests at the foot of Mt. McLoughlin (9,495 ft). The Fish Lake Resort offers 11 cabins for lodging, 45 full hook-up RV sites, electric-only sites and no hook-up sites for tenting. Boat rentals and moorage on a lake with a 10 mph speed limit helps make for a peaceful, relaxing stay at the resort. The area offers incredible mountain biking and hiking trails.
Lake of the Woods
Lake of the Woods (elev. 4,953) is located within the Winema National Forest in the southern Oregon Cascades. This 1,200-acre lake is open to fishing year-round. The historic Lake of the Woods Resort offers cabins, a dining lodge and boat rentals at the marina.