The Hoodview Campground sits on the shores of Timothy Lake, in the shadow of Oregons Mt. Hood. The surrounding forest setting offers spectacular views, several trails for exploration and abundant fishing. 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 many sites at the waters edge, offering views of Mt. Hood. A thick understory of rhododendron bushes provide 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, as well as crayfish. 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 5 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 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 also available on-site. Nearby Attractions: Hoodview is about 35 miles to the base of majestic Mt. Hood, the highest point in Oregon. A historic lookout offers scenic views of the snow-capped mountain. ACTIVITIES Biking: Mountain Biking Boating Historic & Cultural Site: Historic Sites Fishing Hiking Wildlife Viewing
Headed up to Timothy Lake on a weekday afternoon and were rewarded with a water front site with amazing views of Mt. Hood. There was firewood to purchase for $6/bundle and the site cost us $20 for the night. There are a number of trails around the lake including one that is a long loop circling the entire lake.
My family has been camping in Hoodview @ Timothy Lake for over 30 years. We have 5 children & now 10 grandchildren who camp there on a regular basis. We LOVE this campground! Great views, boat ramp, day use, campsites right on the water, decent facilities. There are no hookups. There are water stations every other campsite or so. There is a 20 mile pretty level hiking trail that circles the lake. Lots of inlets for "play places".
If you want to visit a place that has the best views ever, then I would highly recommend Hoodview in Orgeon. It is within the Mt. Hood National Forest, and the views of Mt. Hood are spectacular. The campsite itself is near a beautiful lake, Timothy Lake. There are plenty of campsites that are on the edge of the lake, which is one of my favorite parts about this campground. Who doesn't love a lakeside view?! I brought my kayak and had some fun playing in the water during the mornings and late evenings (watch for mosquitoes at the lake- they are no joke!). I also brought my bike so I was able to ride on some really nice flat trails. I would highly recommend brining your bike if you like that activity. Hiking is also a big must if you enjoy that. There are some really great trails and hikes you can do close by the campground. The Timothy Lake Trail is very close by, and is a pretty popular/easy hike. If you want to go around the entire lake, that is close to 12 miles. I really love the campsites themselves, also. Each campsite has a table and fire ring which makes it nice for eating. My family loves doing smores at night, so the fire ring definitely came in handy for this. Another thing we really liked about this campground was that the Ranger Station was very close by. We were able to head here and get information on the best hikes and biking trails. The gentlemen we talked to was super nice and extremely helpful. From Hoodview Campground to the base of Mt. Hood it is about 35-40 miles. On our last day we decided to drive to Mt. Hood early in the morning to do some adventuring. Such a great experience, and a wonderful campground. I would highly recommend it!
This campground is 70+ miles from portland. The campground is nestled in the forest beside Timothy Lake and makes the scenery gorgeous. The bathroom is clean (beginning of the camp season) and our spot, site 10, was big enough to park two cars, one small trailer and a tent. A fire ring with grill and picnic tables are provided at our site. The only gripe, it is near the access road which can be a bit noisy.