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Riparian Inventory

Medford Drainage Basins 1995
Medford Drainage Basins 1995

Protected Riparian Corridors

On October 6, 2011, the Medford City Council adopted CP-09-098 and DCA-10-075 extending the existing protection program to an addition seven miles of stream in the city limits.

Those segments of street protected by the Riparian Corridors Ordinance are as followed:


  • Bear Creek: all of Bear Creek in the city limits of Medford.
  • Elk Creek: from Beall Lane south 0.05 miles.
  • Swanson Creek: from Crater Lake Highway west 0.38 miles.
  • Lone Pine Creek: from Bear Creek east 1.8 miles to Temple Drive.
  • Lazy Creek: from Bear Creek east 1.68 mil
  • Larson Creek: from Bear Creek east 3.9 miles to North Phoenix Road, and the south fork of Larson Creek from North Phoenix Road east 1.2 miles.
  • Gore Creek: from Bear Creek southwest 0.82 miles.
  • Crooked Creek: from Bear Creek southwest 2.08 miles.  

This Riparian Corridor Map illustrates those segements of stream that have been protected since 2000, and those segments that are newly protected as of October 6, 2011. 

Riparian Inventory

Medford completed an inventory of the habitat along its waterways in June 2002.

The purpose of this project was to inventory riparian areas along streams in Medford and to assess riparian area functions.  "Riparian areas" are defined as "the area adjacent to a stream consisting of the area of transition from the aquatic ecosystem to a terrestrial ecosystem" in Medford's Municipal Code (Section 10.921).

A consultant has prepared two separate sets of maps.

The first set of maps delineates the streams and habitat.

The second set of maps assigns a value to their function for flood control, wildlife habitat, thermal, and water quality.

The completed document is downloadable as a PDF at the bottom of this page.

Drainage Basin Maps:

Northeast - Midway Creek and Swanson Creek

Central  - Lone Pine Creek and Bear Creek East

East  - Lazy Creek and Larson Creek

South - Elk Creek, Bear Creek West, Crooked Creek, Bear Creek South, and Bear Creek East

Function Maps:

Flood Control 
Thermal Control
Water Quality
Wildlife Habitat

Medford Riparian Inventory and Assessment: Bear Creek Tributaries (June 2002)
Additional Department Information

Planning Department Contacts

200 South Ivy Street, Lausmann Annex, Room 240
Medford, Oregon 97501
Phone: 541-774-2380
Fax: 541-618-1708
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

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