Kinnikinnick Campground on Laurance Lake is located on the north side of Mount Hood near the small town of Parkdale, Oregon just outside of Hood River. Laurance Lake is a man made reservoir with great views of Mt. Hood and offers fishing, boating, swimming and nearby hiking.
Kinnikinnick Campground has 26 campsites with most of them offering walk in only access – though you can park relatively close to your campsite. There are a few sites that can accommodate small RVs or travel trailers and there is a main parking lot where most campers will park their cars and walk to their nearby sites. The reason for this setup is so that the campsites can be a little bit closer to the actual lake. Like most campgrounds some of the sites offer more privacy than others and the campground is fairly well spread out. There is decent water access all around and a boat launch right next to the campground. There is no potable water here so campers will need to pack in whatever water they need to drink. Vault toilets are provided as well as fire pits at each site, picnic tables and garbage containers. Be prepared for windy and cold nights as the lake side campsites do not offer much protection from the elements.
To get here you will go through the town of Parkdale and then follow the gravel and dirt Laurance Lake Road all the way to the campground. The road (forest road 2840) is a single lane paved road with pullouts for RVs and passing and there is a short quarter mile section that is gravel due to a recent washout. The washout area is just about the last place you can get a cell signal before getting to the lake. Parkdale is roughly 7 miles from the campground and is the nearest place to find a convenience/grocery store. Overall Kinnikinnick Campground at Laurance Lake is a decent campground that is ideal for anglers and boaters.
*The campground has recently been renovated and now has 26 campsites, costs $22 per night, $8 per additional vehicle and $5 for day use only permits. A camp host is on site from early May through October and firewood is for sale at campsite #8.
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