Timothy Lake

Breathtaking scenery in the forests of Mount Hood

PARK ALERT: Forest Service Road 57 is closed along the south shore of Timothy Lake due to area wildfires. The lake and trails are accessible by foot, bicycle and horse from nearby trailheads via US-26 and Skyline Road.

More information is available from the Mt. Hood National Forest.


We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as we operate our park and recreation facilities.

Face coverings are currently required statewide and at our recreation sites for indoor public spaces at all times.

They are required for outdoor spaces when physical distancing is not possible.

For the latest information on COVID-19 in Oregon, visit the OHA.

For recommendations on how to protect yourself while at parks, visit the CDC.


Area wildfires affected our parks along the Clackamas River and in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

Here is the status of our parks:

  • Limited access: Timothy Lake’s trails are open; however, the road along the south shore remains closed by Forest Service orders. The lake and trails are accessible by foot, bicycle and horse from nearby trailheads.
  • Closed indefinitely: Timber Park, Faraday Road, Promontory Park (effective 11/1), Clackamas River Access Sites and Lake Harriet

Timothy Lake

Fishing, camping and nature’s beauty

At Timothy Lake, you can enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, picnicking, paddling, and horseback riding—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, kayaks, sailboats, and other non-motorized watercraft are welcome.

Day use requires a $5 daily vehicle permit or a valid annual Northwest Forest Pass or federal interagency pass.

Campground details

Timothy Lake campgrounds open on May 22, 2020. Each campground has different opening and closing dates. All sites are reservable. The only first-come, first-served sites are at Meditation Point, a hike-to campground with 7 sites. See below for more information.

For reservations, call 877-444-6777 or select your preferred campground and book online. Group site reservations open 1 year in advance. Regular campsite reservations open 6 months in advance.

Gone Creek Campground

At the southeastern corner of the lake, near Oak Fork, Gone Creek has dozens of barrier-free sites, as well as parking, restrooms, water and a boat ramp. Gone Creek is open from May 22 to Sept. 12, 2020.

Hoodview Campground

Hoodview campground is on the southern tip of Timothy Lake, with parking, restrooms and water. Hoodview is open from June 26 to Sept. 26, 2020.

Oak Fork Campground

Oak Fork is near the Gone Creek campground at the southeast corner of the lake. There are dozens of barrier-free sites and 6 cabins as well as a boat launch. Oak Fork Campground is open from May 22 to Sept. 12, 2020.

Pine Point Campground

Pine Point is next to the Pine Point day-use area, a popular picnicking spot. Pine Point is open from May 22 to Sept. 26, 2020.

Pine Point Group Camp

This group campsite contains 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 the campground to the day use area and lake, and there are trails from each site that eventually connect with the Timothy Lake Trail that circles the lake.

North Arm Campground

This smaller, more private campground is on the northern end of the lake, a short hike from Little Crater Lake. North Arm is open May 22 to Sept. 12, 2020.

Meditation Point Campground

This first-come, first-served hike-to 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 Highway 26 east from Portland. After you pass Government Camp, watch for the Timothy Lake turnoff at the Skyline Road junction. Follow signs for Timothy Lake.

Contact us

For more information, use our contact form, or call the PGE Parks Information Line at 503-464-8515.

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Check out our other camping parks, Lake Harriet and Pelton Park.

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