Standard (tent/RV)
Dispersed
Group
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Equestrian
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Clackamas Lake

Clackamas Lake Campground is a great camping destination, especially when nearby Timothy Lake sites are full. The lake is small and shallow. The facility is located in the Clackamas Lake Historic District in Mt. Hood National Forest. It provides access to fishing, swimming and leisurely boating, as well as a number of trails and historic points along the way.

Recreation

Clackamas Lake is a great place for fishing, swimming and non-motorized boating. Anglers can expect a catch of cutthroat, brook, rainbow or German brown trout. A variety of wildlife make its home in the area as well.

Nearby Timothy Lake provides opportunities for picnicking and water-related recreation, including use of power boats.

The Clackamas Lake Ranger Station Historic District is less than a mile from the campground. It is a series of structures and cabins built to house Forest Service workers in the early 1900s. Rustic architecture and the historic nature of the buildings and the surrounding area, draws thousands of tourists each year. It is a must-see while staying at the campground.

Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are also popular activities. The 2.2-mile Miller Trail begins in the campground and connects to the Pacific Crest Trail, which extends more than 2,650 miles, from Canada to Mexico. Additional trails, to scenic Little Crater Lake and to the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, are also available in the area.

Facilities

The campground offers single-family sites for tent and RV camping. There are 11 equestrian sites in the 49-site campground with corrals. Equestrian sites have 2, 3, or 4 horse corrals and are reservable only by those with horses. Some sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Natural Features

The campground is nestled in a heavily wooded forest of pine trees, with partial views of Oregon's highest peak. A lush, green understory provides some privacy between campsites. The campground is near the shores of 3-acre Clackamas Lake, and just three miles from larger Timothy Lake. It is situated at an elevation of about 3,400 feet.

Nearby Attractions

The campground is less than 40 miles from Mt. Hood, where a historic lookout provides scenic views of the snow-capped mountain. Hiking and year-round skiing is available.

ADA Access: N

Sites
45
Price
$20.42 - $22.42
Operator
National Forest
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sanitary Dump
Toilets
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Location
Clackamas Lake is located in Oregon
Latitude
45.0958 N
Longitude
-121.7472 W
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Directions
From Sandy, travel east on Highway 26 for approximately 40 miles to Skyline Road (Forest Road 42). Turn right on Skyline Road and continue south for 10 miles to the Clackamas Lake entrance sign. Turn left and head east less than half a mile to the campground entrance.
9 Reviews of Clackamas Lake
Basic Amenities, Grand Natural Beauty

We stayed at camp site #44 which has plenty of space and is surrounded by ample greenery to block view from neighboring camp sites. Vault toilets only. Mosquito repellent strongly advised. The hike to Timothy like is short and scenic. Timothy Lake itself is spectacular. Particularly since motorized boats are not allowed and on a sunny day Mt Hood is reflected in the water. Worth visiting.

So many bugs!

Seriously, bring bug spray and put it on the minute you get there. Had a great time, the camp host were cool. Little crater and Timothy lake are nearby too! I loved taking photos while I was there!

Great spot!

Would definitely camp here again! Small and relaxed and we hiked 2 miles on the PCT to Timothy lake which was great!

Summer blast

My family and my best friend and her family took her two horses for a week long camping trip! It was so much fun

Nice and Tidy

Nice campground with sites that aren’t too close together. It’s near Clackamas Lake which is more like marshland than a lake. The good news is that it’s only a mile or so to from beautiful Timothy Lake, where it’s hard to get a site in the summer. Mosquitoes were pretty bad in early June, as might be expected. Campground host Robert and his wife/partner, whose name we didn’t get, were extremely friendly and helpful.

gorgeous campground in national forest

fantastic campground that feels secluded and is away from the crowds. short walk to Clackamas lake. not ideal to swim in but an absolutely beautiful lake to observe. It's best to reserve in advance as its a smaller campground that experiences a lot of overflow from the other surrounding lakes (timothy, frog, etc)

Close to Timothy Lake

Great campground when nearby Timothy Lake campgrounds are full. The spot I had was large and not too close to other spots. The campground was full, so there was the early morning sounds of children playing. I was in spot 8 which looked onto Clackamas Lake. Which side note is not a "lake" but more of a marshy pond with reeds and grass around the edge. Still I was able to situate my tent to look onto the lake. This spot is in the horse section so there were corrals in each spot. Looked like a horse had camped in the spot a few days earlier cause there were large piles of fresh horse poop I had to keep my dog away from. The table/tent area was about 75 feet from my car so I had to make many trips to get all my stuff into the site. If you are extra adventurous and in shape you can walk from the campground, around Timothy Lake and back, be warned this is just over 18 miles. The trail around Timothy Lake is not strenuous, and offers amazing views of Mt Hood, and there is water about half way through, but again be ready for a long hike.

Great spot when Timothy Lake is full up

We stayed here after we couldn't find any open spots at the Timothy Lake campgrounds. It was a nice and quiet spot. Good access to Clackamas Lake (more of a shallow pond, really). Camp host didn't have much in the way of firewood to buy; perhaps because it was the last weekend that they'd be there. Water spigots are a little overgrown, look for the spray paint on the campground drive to find them.

First to Review
Beautiful, if small, lake

Clackamas Lake is a great campsite. Fairly easy to find and navigate. Great for when you don't want to deal with the more crowded campgrounds.

While the camping sites are fairly close together, the site is usually lightly occupied. While we where there we only had one neighbor but the rest of the loop was empty.

For horse riders they have some equestrian only campsites.

There was plenty of trails in which to hike or ride, and a dock to go see the lake. You can also go swimming if your into Oregon lake or pond swimming.

Clackamas Lake itself is fairly small and in many ways feels more like a large and deep marsh then a lake.

Phone and internet reception (AT&T) is spotty at best.