Shady Cove, Oregon – A lease allowing a private business to operate the public marina at Joseph Stewart State Park on Lost Creek Lake will end Dec. 31, 2020. The lease ran for two 20-year periods, the maximum allowed under its terms, and began in 1981. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) manages the lease and park through an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The business changed hands over the course of the lease, and is currently held by Lewis Resorts, LLC.

OPRD is exploring options for service in 2021 that include requesting businesses to submit proposals to operate the public facility, or working with other public partners. A public announcement will explain decisions for 2021.

Owners with boats moored at slips near the marina will be contacted to explain next steps. In the meantime, owners can send questions to Park Manager Nathan Seable at OPRD, Rogue Management Unit, 3792 N River Rd Gold Hill, OR 97525 or by email to