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GONE CREEK, OR

Photo: GONE CREEK
Status: Closed through Thu May 22 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Gone Creek Campground sits on the edge of the beautiful Timothy Lake, in the shadows of Mt. Hood, Oregon's highest peak. The lush, green forest surrounding the campground provides campers with ample recreational opportunities.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated on the southeastern shore of the roughly 1,400-acre lake, at an elevation of 3,400 feet. Timothy Lake was created in 1950 as a storage reservoir for the Oak Grove Hydroelectric Project. It is one of the larger lakes in the Mt. Hood National Forest. The campground is nestled in a mixed conifer forest, with most campsites situated along the lake's edge. A thick understory provides a good amount of privacy between sites.

Recreation:

Proximity to Timothy Lake allows campers to enjoy a variety of water-related recreation, including boating and sailing, as well as swimming, windsurfing and fishing. Anglers can expect a catch of kokanee salmon and a variety of trout.

A variety of trails are located in the area. The Timothy Lake Trail is popular for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The 11.6 miles of relatively level terrain loops trekkers around the lake, providing scenic views of the area. It connects to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, a lengthy hike that extends across three states, from the borders of Canada and Mexico. Portions of that trail also lead southwest to Clackamas Lake Campground and a historic site.

The Clackamas Lake Ranger Station Historic District is less than 2 miles from the campground. It was built to house forest service workers in the early 1900s. The rustic architecture and historic nature of the buildings and the surrounding area draws thousands of tourists each year.

Facilities:

The campground offers dozens of accessible, single-family campsites for tent and RV camping. Each site is equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided. A campground host is available on-site to answer questions.

Nearby Attractions:

Gone Creek is about 30 miles from the base of majestic Mt. Hood, the highest point in Oregon. A historic lookout offers scenic views of the snow-capped mountain.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Educational Programs
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Host
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Trails
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Windsurfing
Know Before You Go
  • Hookups are not available
  • Powerboats are limited to 10 mph and under on the lake
  • Off-road vehicle use is prohibited within the campground
  • There will be an $8 additional vehicle fee on the 'second vehicle' in each single campsite, and on the 'third and fourth vehicle' in any double or group campsites, provided these vehicles are not joined to the first vehicle by a hitch and towed onto the site. In the case of motorcycles, the first two are considered as one vehicle for determining additional vehicle fees. The third and fourth motorcycle would also be considered as one vehicle. No additional vehicle fees are collected for bicycles.
  • Click here for more information on the Mt. Hood National Forest
  • The campground is managed by Portland General Electric, under a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service; more information can be found here


Due to the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
45.11278, -121.77528
45°6'46"N, 121°46'31"W

From Sandy, Oregon, travel east on Highway 26 for approximately 40 miles to Skyline Road/Road 42. Turn right and travel south for 9 miles. Turn right on Forest Service Road 57 and continue west for 2 miles to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

GONE CREEK
Skyline Rd
Timothy Lake OR

Phone Number:

Information: (503)622-3191