- Presented in this thesis are the results of a recreation survey
which was carried out in the Diamond Lake and upper Rogue River
area of Oregon, during the summer of 1961, by use of interview-type
questionnaires. A total of 400 questionnaires were completed
in the Diamond Lake Campground and Picnic Area and in four campgrounds
along the upper Rogue River. The questionnaires were
designed to learn as much as possible about recreation use patterns
and user opinions, habits, desires, and needs. Three separate
questionnaires were used, each differing slightly in the type and
number of questions according to the information desired and the
area of use.
It was found that slightly over half of the persons interviewed
were from Oregon. The majority of the remainder were from
California. The average distance traveled to reach Diamond Lake
was 570 miles. The majority of those interviewed in the campground and picnic area at Diamond Lake came by way of U.S. Highway 97
and State Highway 230.
Survey results indicated the average size of groups interviewed
was four and one-half persons at the Diamond Lake Campground,
four and three-tenths for upper Rogue River campgrounds,
and six and two-tenths for the Diamond Lake Picnic Area. Number
of persons per group ranged from 1 to 29. Persons using the
Diamond Lake Picnic Area stayed an average of only two hours.
Those interviewed in the Diamond Lake Campground averaged three
and eight-tenths days and those interviewed in campgrounds on the
upper Rogue River averaged three and one-half days length of stay.
Camping, fishing, sightseeing, and picnicking were the
activities listed most often as reasons for visiting the recreation
areas, At the Diamond Lake Campground, camping and fishing
ranked as the leading activities in terms of time spent.
Opinions of visitors were obtained concerning time limits on
the Iength of stay in campgrounds. Eighty percent of those
questioned in upper Rogue River campgrounds favored the present
14 day limit of stay. At the Diamond Lake Campground, 70 percent
were in favor of a proposed 14-day time limit. The majority of
users indicated they found the campgrounds and picnic area clean
and in good repair. Many persons, however, had suggestions for
improvements or additional facilities needed in the recreation areas. Answers to questions concerning a charge for the use of
recreation facilities showed that 88 percent of the groups interviewed
in the Diamond Lake Campground had no objection. Only 52 percent
favored a proposed charge for Rogue River campgrounds and only
46 percent of those interviewed in the Diamond Lake Picnic Area
were in favor of a proposed charge there.
Diamond Lake and the upper Rogue River have been a favorite
outdoor recreation area for many years. The physical factors of
location, accessibility, topography, weather and climate, water,
vegetation, and fish and game form an attractive and popular
recreation base. Developed facilities have enhanced the physical
base. In combination, these features have made the area highly
significant for public use activities.