ALERT: Due to low water levels, motorized boats must use the launch at Pine Point Day Use Area to access Timothy Lake. All other launches are closed until late spring of 2020.
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.
Timothy Lake campgrounds open on May 22, 2020. Each campground has different opening and closing dates. 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.
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. Some walk-in sites available. Gone Creek is open from May 22 to Sept. 12, 2020.
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 is near the Gone Creek campground at the southeast corner of the lake. There are dozens of barrier-free sites and cabins as well as a boat launch. Some walk-in sites available. Oak Fork Campground is open from May 22 to Sept. 12, 2020.
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.
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.
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. North Arm is open May 22 to Sept. 12, 2020.
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 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.
For more information, use our contact form, or call the PGE Parks Information Line at 503-464-8515.