Timothy Lake

Breathtaking scenery in the forests of Mount Hood

Visiting Timothy Lake

At Timothy Lake, you can enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, picnicking, paddling, and horseback riding – all with a spectacular view of Mt. 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 $10 daily vehicle permit or a valid annual Northwest Forest Pass or federal interagency pass. 

Directions to Timothy Lake

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Timothy Lake campgrounds at a glance

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 campgrounds open on the Friday before Memorial Day. Each campground has a different closing date. See below for more information.

Campground

Gone Creek – Standard, Non-electric/Double

Fee

$24/$48

Sites

49

Boat launch

Yes

Hike-to sites

n/a

Barrier-free sites

Yes

Campground

Hoodview – Standard, Non-electric

Fee

$24

Sites

45

Boat launch

Yes

Hike-to sites

$20

Barrier-free sites

Yes

Campground

Oak Fork – Standard, Non-electric/Cabin

Fee

$24/$50

Sites

50

Boat launch

Yes

Hike-to sites

$20

Barrier-free sites

Yes

Campground

Meditation Point – Boat/Bike/Hike-to

Fee

$10

Sites

7

Boat launch

No

Hike-to sites

$10

Barrier-free sites

No

Campground

North Arm – Standard, Non-electric

Fee

$24

Sites

19

Boat launch

Yes

Hike-to sites

$20

Barrier-free sites

Yes

Campground

Pine Point – Standard, Non-electric/Double

Fee

$24/$48

Sites

25

Boat launch

Yes

Hike-to sites

n/a

Barrier-free sites

Yes

Campground

Pine Point Group/Both Loops

Fee

$144 per loop/$288

Sites

12 (6 per loop)

Boat launch

Yes

Hike-to sites

n/a

Barrier-free sites

Yes

Campgrounds

Campgrounds, group camps, cabins, even campground you can hike, bike, or boat to — Timothy Lake has it all!

Gone Creek

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 for registered guests. Gone Creek is open the Friday before Memorial Day through the second weekend in September.

Hoodview

Hoodview campground is on the southern tip of Timothy Lake, with parking, restrooms and water. Sites nearest Forest Road 57 may catch some road noise. Hoodview is open the Friday before Memorial Day through the last weekend in September.

Meditation Point

This first-come, first-served hike-to campground is about a mile hike from the trailhead and features seven primitive, private sites next to the lake. There is a $10 campsite fee for this campground, as well as a $10 day-use fee to park in a nearby day-use area and hike from there. Meditation Point is open from the Friday before Memorial Day through the last weekend in September.

North Arm

This smaller, more private campground is on the northern end of the lake, a short hike from Little Crater Lake. North Arm is open the Friday before Memorial Day through the second weekend in September.

Oak Fork

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 day use boat launch — making this campground busier than some others. Oak Fork Campground is open the Friday before Memorial Day through the second weekend in September.

Pine Point

Pine Point is next to the Pine Point day-use area. It has a handful of double-occupancy sites so it can be a little rowdier than other campgrounds. Pine Point is open the Friday before Memorial Day through the last weekend in September. 

Pine Point Group Camp 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.

Make a reservation

Click on a campground below to make a reservation or call 877-444-6777. Campsite reservations open 6 months in advance on a rolling basis.  

All sites at these campgrounds are reservable except Meditation Point. All Mediation Point sites are first-come, first-served, hike-to, bike-to, or boat-to. 

Dispersed campsites

Want a little more solitude?

There are nearly 40 designated dispersed campsites around the west, north and east sides of Timothy Lake. These first-come, first-served sites can be accessed by foot, bike or boat. These unimproved backcountry sites are free; however, permits are required from self-service registration stations. A valid parking permit is also required.  

Camping is only permitted in designated sites and campers are subject to park rules. Timothy Lake’s dispersed campsites are open from the weekend before Memorial Day weekend through the last weekend in September.

For more information

Use our contact form or call the PGE Parks Information Line at 503-464-8515.

Thinking ahead

We’re committed to keeping our parks safe, clean, sustainable and welcoming – but we need your help.

Before you go

  • Make a plan: Check for road closures on your route and research your destination for the possibility of fire bans, reservoir-swimming restrictions or other conditions that may affect your visit.

  • …and a plan B: Make a backup plan in case of crowds. If the parking lot is full when you arrive, come back another day. (Tip: try visiting on weekdays or at off-peak times to beat the crowd!)

During your visit

  • Stop campfires from becoming wildfires! Keep campfires small, make sure your tent and anything that can burn is a safe distance from your fire, keep water nearby and never leave a fire unattended.

  • Keep it clear: Park only in designated areas. Do not double-park or block entrances.

  • Leave no trace: Help us protect these natural areas by staying on-trail, packing out your trash, and admiring wildlife from a distance.