Fishing, camping and nature’s beauty
At Timothy Lake, you can enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, picnicking, canoeing, and windsurfing—all with a spectacular view of Mount Hood.
Around the 1,500-acre lake, seven campgrounds provide about 200 campsites, and there are several picnic areas along the shore. PGE manages this site in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.
Timothy Lake is fished for kokanee, eastern brook and rainbow trout, and is one of the best crawdad (crayfish) spots in the state.
Motorized boats are allowed at a 10 mph speed limit, and canoes and kayaks are also welcome.
For reservations, call 877-444-6777 or select your preferred campground and book online.
Timothy Lake campgrounds open May 27, 2016.
Early Seasonal Road Closure
Starting September 6th, Forest Service road 57 between Shellrock Creek (FS road 57 and 58 junction) and Timothy Lake will be closed for the replacement of the Anvil Creek Culvert fish restoration project. A signed detour route will take travelers around the closed section of Road 57 to Timothy Lake. Forest Service road 42 from HWY 26 will not be impacted by this project. Forest Service road 57 will reopen next season as weather allows. See detour map.
At the southeastern corner of the lake, near Oak Fork, Gone Creek has dozens of accessible sites, as well as parking, restrooms, water and a boat ramp. Some walk-in sites available.
Hoodview campground is on the southern tip of Timothy Lake, with parking, restrooms and water.
Oak Fork is near the Gone Creek campground at the southeast corner of the lake. There are dozens of accessible sites as well as a boat launch. Some walk-in sites available.
Upgrades planned for Fall 2016
The day after Labor Day, Oak Fork will close and construction to improve the campground will begin. Improvements will include better campsite layouts, installation of cabins, additional parking, and upgrades to the boat launch. The campground will reopen June 30, 2017.
This campground is next to the Pine Point day-use area, a popular picnicking spot.
Pine Point Group Camp
In 2016, PGE will open this group campsite containing two areas which can be reserved together or separately. Each group site has six individual campsites that can accommodate an RV or trailer and two tents, and each has a picnic table and fire ring. Each group site also has a vault toilet, parking area, water spigot and common picnic area with a large charcoal grill.
A trail connects to the day use area and lake, and there are trails from each site that eventually connect with the Timothy Lake Trail around the lake.
This smaller, more private campground is on the northern end of the lake, a short hike from Little Crater Lake. Some walk-in sites available.
This walk-in campground is about a mile hike from the trailhead and features a few primitive, private sites next to the lake. There is a $5 campsite fee for this campground, as well as a $5 day-use fee to park in a nearby day-use area and hike from there.
Follow State Highway 26 east from Portland.
After you pass Government Camp, watch for the Timothy Lake turnoff at the Skyline Road junction.