Clear Lake Campground is a shady outdoor paradise ON Clear Lake in the mountains of northern Oregon. Visitors enjoy boating, fishing, swimming and sailing on the lake, and hiking and exploring the nearby hills and terraces. Winter recreation opportunities are available in the area when it snows.
Boating is popular on the lake, however speeds are limited to 10 mph. A steady breeze keeps bugs away at the campground, and also propels sailboats on the lake. Swimming and fishing are available. Anglers can expect to find a variety of trout.
Visitors enjoy picnicking in the day use area near the boat ramp. A hiking trail begins near the north end of the lake, connecting to the Pacific Crest Trail.
In the winter, miles of snow-covered roads and trails crisscross the forest. Shellrock Creek and High Rock, off Forest Road 57, are open to cross-country skiers and snowmobile enthusiasts.
The campground offers single-family sites for tent and RV camping. Each site is equipped with a table and campfire ring with grill. Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided, but utility hookups are not available. Parking surfaces are gravel and dirt. Firewood can be purchased from the host.
The campground is located in a mixed conifer forest, just north of Warm Springs Indian Reservation, in Mt. Hood National Forest. It is situated on the eastern shore of the 560-acre lake, at an elevation of 3,600. Clear Lake is used primarily for irrigation purposes.
Wild mushrooms are abundant in the area during late summer and early fall. A variety of wildlife makes its home in the area.
The small Mt. Hood village of Government Camp is 12 miles northwest of the campground. The area offers a visitor center, restaurants and year-round skiing, as well as scenic views.
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Once you get there the directions are easy to follow and the camp hosts are right and the front of you have any questions. The camp spots are pretty big but they are more open and dispersed.
Such a cool spot! Short walk through the woods and you are on Clear Lake! And by short walk I mean a small tree line in the back yard of our camp! Pretty lake surrounded by tall pines! Clean bathrooms!
Review: This is a great campground. We went on a Tuesday and found the only available spot. Many people came in looking for spots. Make sure to reserve a spot ahead of time. Campsite: Campsite had everything you need. Picnic table, tent site, and fire pit. Sites on the lake looked great but we couldn’t find an open one. Lake: Beautiful lake. Really worth the drive. Go to the Clear Lake lodge and rent a boat if you don’t have one (non motorized). It was well worth the 22$. Fishing is great too, stocked lake lots of trout. Overall: Wonderful experience, plan ahead, reserve a spot and you’ll have a great time.
In the morning the water is so still and calm, that it looks like a canyon. Amazing time! My pup got in the water for the first time on his own. Lots of space for semi private camping and fishing. Even went topless for a day!!
Awesome spot if you’re looking to have your own little cove. We were on the north side of Clear Lake and it was beautiful.
Have been to this place a couple of times and love it! There is a campground you can reserve sites at which are large and we'll spaced. You can also stay for free on the BLM land surrounding the lake. (If you do this please leave no trace!)
Hiking around the Clear Lake takes longer than in looks because of all the fingers so allow a couple of leisurely hours.
Its a hauntingly beautiful, chill place. A must visit for fans of mountain lakes!
The campground pros were its proximity to Clear Lake, the huge campsites, and it was not very crowded. We absolutely loved clear lake and it was great for paddleboarding,swimming, and fishing. We had hoped there would have been more shaded areas around the lake for our dogs to hang out but it was a bit of a walk back to the tree coverage.
Cons: Bathrooms were relatively clean but were some of the worst smelling bathrooms I've ever been in.
Totally thrilled to have discovered this "new" (to us) camp site not too far out of Portland, Oregon. About $20/site, including some amazing spots with water views. There's a boat dock/area, but when we arrived there in August the "lake" was more of a river, which was perfect for all the splashing and playing that we wanted to do.
Many of the camp sites are huge, and most also have beautiful trees and plenty of space. No showers and such, but the pit toilets are clean enough. If you're looking for a spot to get away for the weekend, do a little hiking, hang out by Mt. Hood and play in some water, this is a perfect campground.
If you have small ones, take them critter catching! Fat frogs. Slimy salamanders, and big ol crawdaddies are good for catching. Of course release them after you snap a pic with them! First time staying in the overflow camp spots, and prefer it over the actual campground!
Our trip to Clear Lake this weekend was quite lackluster. The lake was so incredibly low. The deepest the lake got was probably no more that 8 feet deep and there were do many stumps poking out of the lake that we were hesitant to take the boat out. We also got accused of dumping our trash by one of the park employees (it absolutely was not us) and he only talked to us which was annoying. The plus was our spot was large and clean. probably won't be going back to clear lake the rest of the summer. Also the drive up there is always so lovely.