Timothy Lake Oregon Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Timothy Lake

Timothy Lake in Oregon, reservoir of a compacted-earth dam on the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River, offers perhaps the optimal camping experience in Mt. Hood National Forest.

  • Man-made reservoir on the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River, 50 miles SE of Portland.
  • Four campgrounds with more than 200 sites sit around the lakeshore.
  • Open May-November for fishing, boating, windsurfing, and camping.


Four campgrounds with a combined total 200 sites are scattered around pretty Timothy Lake near Mt. Hood in the Oregon Cascades. Two of the campgrounds provide excellent views of the mountain, while all offer boating and fishing access to this man-made lake. Open from Memorial Day through November, Timothy Lake’s size and weather lend it to power or sailboating, canoeing, and windsurfing, and its fish reserves are replenished three times a year. Wild mushrooms can be gathered near the lake in the early fall.

Location & Information

Timothy Lake is located on the Oak Grove Fork Clackamas River about 50 miles SE of Portland, Oregon. To get there take U.S. Highway 26 east from the community of Sandy about 40 miles to Skyline Road (42) and turn right. Follow Skyline Road south for 9 miles to Forest Route 57; go west 2 miles to Timothy Lake.

Campground reservations must be made at least four days in advance with Reserve America, (877) 444-6777.


  • Four campgrounds are located around Timothy Lake: Hoodview and Gone Creek have the best views of the mountain, but Oakfork and Pine Point are nice too.
  • Boating, kayaking, and canoeing.
  • The Lakeshore Trail loops hikers 13 miles all the way around Timothy Lake.
  • Fishing for trout, Kokanee salmon, and crayfish.

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