PGE Parks and COVID-19
The safety of park visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is critical to us. We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and our recreation partners as we operate our park and recreation facilities.
Masks, face shields or other face coverings are currently required statewide in Oregon for indoor public spaces—this includes park stores, visitor centers and multi-stall restrooms. Effective July 15, face coverings are also required in Oregon’s outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible.
To help protect visitors’ health and safety, we are operating showers on a limited basis and reservable large-group areas with restrictions. We have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting facilities, posted signage to promoting safety measures and requirements, and cancelled all events and in-person educational programs.
The company is working with concessionaires at PGE Parks to help them follow CDC and OHA safety guidelines.
The Mount Hood National Forest has implemented fire restrictions.
Effective immediately, all open fires, including wood stoves, designated fire pits and charcoal briquette fires, are prohibited.
Gas and propane stoves with an “off” setting are permitted.
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.
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.
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 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 6 cabins as well as a boat launch. 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. North Arm is open May 22 to Sept. 12, 2020.
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.
For more information, use our contact form, or call the PGE Parks Information Line at 503-464-8515.