July 9th, 2019

A road trip in a Mini-T Campervan is a delightful way to explore the wonders of the Pacific Northwest, and Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area in Oregon is an ideal destination. Situated just a short drive from the breathtaking Crater Lake National Park, this serene campground offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, outdoor adventure, and convenient access to surrounding attractions.

Arrival and Setting Up Camp

After a smooth drive in the fuel-efficient Mini-T Campervan, we arrived at Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area. Nestled along the banks of Lost Creek Lake, the campground is surrounded by lush forests and rolling hills. The spacious campsites are well-equipped with picnic tables, fire pits, and electric hookups, making it easy to settle in and start enjoying the great outdoors.

Exploring the Campground

The campground itself offers a variety of amenities and activities. We took advantage of the clean restrooms and showers, as well as the nearby boat ramp for some fun on the water. Lost Creek Lake is perfect for kayaking, fishing, and paddleboarding, bird watching and of course the scenic views from the water are simply stunning.

Hiking Adventures

One of the highlights of our trip was exploring the numerous hiking trails in and around Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area. The Rogue River Trail, which starts right at the campground, winds through dense forests and along the picturesque Rogue River. The trail offers several options for both short walks and longer hikes, catering to all levels of hikers.

For a more challenging adventure, we ventured to the Upper Rogue River Trail. This trail features breathtaking vistas, cascading waterfalls, and diverse wildlife. The sound of the rushing river and the scent of pine trees created a truly immersive experience.

Day Trip to Crater Lake National Park

A visit to Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area wouldn't be complete without a day trip to Crater Lake National Park. Just an hour's drive from the campground, Crater Lake is renowned for its deep blue color and stunning clarity. We spent the day exploring the Rim Drive, which offers panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains. A hike down to the water's edge at Cleetwood Cove provided a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters.

Other Nearby Attractions

Beyond Crater Lake, the region boasts numerous other attractions worth exploring. The historic town of Jacksonville, with its charming shops and restaurants, is a delightful place to spend an afternoon. For wine enthusiasts, the Applegate Valley Wine Trail offers a taste of some of Oregon's finest wines.

Enjoying the Mini-T Campervan

Throughout our trip, the Mini-T Campervan proved to be the perfect travel companion. Its compact size made navigating winding roads and finding parking a breeze, while its well-designed interior provided all the comforts of home. Whether we were cooking a meal, taking a nap, or simply enjoying the view from the cozy bed, the Mini-T Campervan enhanced our camping experience in every way.


Our trip to Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area in the Mini-T Campervan was a memorable adventure filled with natural beauty, outdoor activities, and unforgettable moments. Whether you're an avid hiker, a nature lover, or simply looking for a peaceful retreat, this campground offers something for everyone. And with the convenience and efficiency of the Mini-T Campervan, exploring this stunning region has never been easier. So pack your bags, hit the road, and discover the magic of Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area and its surrounding wonders.

Happy Camping!

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