Lost Lake Campground in Oregon is located on the north side of Mount Hood and is home to 148 campsites, a small resort and cabins that are available for rent. Nearby activities include fishing, hiking, swimming, picnic areas and boat rentals. The entire Lost Lake area is a fee use area including a day use fee of $7 payable at the entrance (included in your camping fee). The area surrounding the lake has plenty of water access including picnic tables, benches and a well maintained 3 mile long hiking trail that circles the lake. Expect Lost Lake to be busy as this is one of the most popular lakes on all of Mt. Hood.
The Lost Lake Campground is spread out into 6 different loops with some of the loops having special designations. Lost Lake loops A, B, C and D are all standard camping loops that allow for reservations to be made and can handle RVs, trailers and tent campers alike. Loop E if for walk in camping only and is not suitable for car camping or RVs. Loop F is a non-reservable first come first serve area that is ONLY for tent campers. RVs and trailers are not allow in the F loop. It is good to note that the F loop has the best access to the Lost Lake shoreline however it maintains a near 100% capacity every night throughout the summer. G loop is a small area with walk in campsites as well. H Loop is a horse trailer loop with corrals and accommodations suitable for the equestrian folks.
With such a large amount of campgrounds it is hard to say specifically what to expect on your trip to Lost Lake due to the fact that all the sites are very different. In general, though, most sites are fairly private and there is water spigots spread throughout the campgrounds for easy access to potable water. The toilets at Lost Lake are fairly old and seem to be one of the top complaints of visitors to the campground. Expect vault toilets with heavy usage that are cleaned once a day usually in the morning. Each campsite comes with a fire ring and picnic table.
One of the great things about Lost Lake is the fact that there is a camp store and lodge nearby that can be handy for those items you might have forgotten. The lake store has stuff like ice, firewood, fishing tackle, candy, chips, basic food, coffee in the morning and rentals. Rentals include fishing gear, row boats, paddle boats, canoes, and standup paddle boards. It is highly recommended to venture out on the lake in a boat ideally around sunset if the weather cooperates. The views of Mt. Hood are stunning. Depending on the time of year you visit Lost Lake there may be activities planned at the lodge such as a live music. Visit the events calendar for details.
Overall Lost Lake is an incredible place everyone should experience at least once. Sure, it is a little over-developed, but that is what makes this place so wonderful. You get a strong sense of being in the move “The Great Outdoors” as lake side resorts like this just are not that common in Oregon. This is a very family friendly environment with lots of kids running around but as long as you have the right expectations you should have a great time.
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