Gone Creek Campground Timothy Lake, Mt Hood National Forest

4.7
4.7 out of 5 stars (based on 6 reviews)

Gone Creek Campground Details

  • Campground Rating:
    4.7
  • Reservations Available: Yes
  • Number of Campsites: 50
  • Avg. Overnight Fee: $17
  • Drinking Water: Yes
  • Toilets: Vaulted
  • Camphost on Site: Yes
  • Fires Allowed: Yes
  • Cell Service: Unknown
  • Season: End of May to - October
  • Nearest Store (Miles): 30
  • GPS: 45.11278,-121.77528
  • Elevation: 3,200 ft.
  • Showers: No
  • Firewood for Sale: Yes

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NOTICE: In response to customer feedback, we have established generator hours. Effective in 2024, generator use is allowed only from 8 am to 8 pm. It is prohibited to operate generators or idle engines between 8 pm and 8 am.

WARNING

Timothy Lake is currently only accessible from the east (Hwy 26) due to the 2020 wildfires. Please see the Forest Service closure orders and map for more information. Please see "Facility Information / Getting Here" for recommended route.

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Gone Creek Campground Description

Tucked away on the shores of Timothy Lake beneath the looming presence of Mount Hood, Gone Creek Campground provides a perfect retreat for those wanting both relaxation and adventure. At an elevation of 3,400 feet and surrounded by thick forests, this site beautifully merges camping with the pristine waters of Timothy Lake.

The campground boasts 49 shaded sites, ideal for tents, RVs, and trailers, each surrounded by ancient trees which offer decent privacy. Of these, eighteen sites are pull-through, perfect for larger setups. These sites are organized into two loops, with many sites being lakefront. These coveted spots are typically booked well in advance; however the layout ensures that all visitors have easy access to the water.

The lake itself enforces a 5mph speed limit, providing a calm setting ideal for activities like kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding. Fishing enthusiasts will find the lake rich with kokanee salmon, eastern brook trout, and rainbow trout, and it’s recognized as one of Oregon’s finest spots for crayfish fishing. The are also has great trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Notably, the Timothy Lake Trail skirts the lake over 12 miles of gentle terrain, offering picturesque vistas and linking to the famed Pacific Crest Trail.

Each campsite at Gone Creek comes with amenities like a picnic table and a campfire ring with a grill. There are vault toilets, potable water and a boat launch that is exclusively for overnight campers.

The historical allure of the vicinity is another highlight, with the Clackamas Lake Ranger Station Historic District just a stone’s throw away. Established in the early 1900s to accommodate forest service staff, the district’s old-world architecture and its historical relevance draw many visitors annually.

For supplies, the closest gas station and convenience store lie roughly 18 miles away along Highway 26, with a broader selection of groceries available in Government Camp, about 23 miles to the west. This ensures that while Gone Creek Campground feels like a remote escape, essential conveniences remain within reach, ensuring a comfortable and memorable camping experience.

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One of the Best Campgrounds at Timothy Lake

May 3, 2024

This and Hoodview are the two best campgrounds at Timothy Lake, Hands down. If you plan accordingly, or just get luck, you can get a waterfront site. The day use area is good and there is a nice boat launch space. Overall great campground.

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