Lost Lake Campground is adjacent to Highway 20 near the summit of Santiam Pass. The rustic campground is located on the west shore of shallow Lost Lake. The water level of the lake fluctuates seasonally and is quite low in summer with water loving willows crowding the marshy shallows of the lake. This is a popular spot during fishing and hunting seasons.Please use caution around the area where Lost Lake drains. The hole may not be stable and could break under weight.
Learn more about Lost Lake, a unique feature in the Oregon Cascades, from Oregon Public Broadcasting.
This campground is located on the shores of Lost Lake, with amazing views of Mt. Hood. It is a very popular campground, it took me years to finally get a spot which I had to book exactly 6 months before. Because of it being so popular, it was very busy and completely full. Thankfully due to it's large size it doesn't fell as crowded as you would think. There are so many activities offered such as water sport rentals, trail around the lake, various trails linking the different camping sections to the resort, a full camp store, movies at night and so much more. We were in loop D which is kind of in the middle of the campground, and a bit of a walk to the resort and a very long walk to the horse/group camping sites. Would recommend bikes to get around. We SUP'd around the lake and it was amazing. The site we had was kind of open and had a great view of the toilets and parking for the near by walk in sites. I really enjoyed this campground and would definitely go back.
Tent sites are large and spaced out so your not right next to your neighbors. It’s a little bit of a walk to the lake but enjoyable. We stayed in the A-frame cabin which is right off the parking lot so can be busy but is a generous size lot and has some shrubbery and trees for privacy. there’s a trail out right out the back of the lot. The cabin is small and rustic. Non motorized lake. Canoe, paddle board and boat rentals available and I highly recommend.
The lake is great for paddling in sight of near by Mount Hood. Easy access from the Hood River side. Access from the south is through narrow fire roads and not recommended. The trail around the lake is a nice walk. Butte trail gives away to great views of Mount Hood after a climb through the forest. Some camp sites have easy access right along the lake and some are further away and require a short walk to the lake. Camp sites are first come first serve so get there early on busy weekend's as they fill up fast. Since the campgrounds are around a body of water expect mosquitos and bring bug spray.
The camping area isnt close to the water at all, unless you have a cabin or yurt spot, but its a fairly nice campground, we went in early May and there was stilk snow where our tent was gonna go, so watch for that! It’s a beautiful view though!
A fantastic spot not far from Portland. Very accessible with wonderful trails throughout. There’s a well-stocked general store that’s got everything you need. The water is crisp and clear and there is good fishing. If it has a flaw, it’s that it’s almost too popular, and sometimes the crowds can overwhelm it.
Great place to shack up for the night, it's right off the highway but not very crowded. The lake disappears in summer so go early!
I've been going to Lost Lake Campground now for 5 years. I usually stay in the cabins. There is a trail that circles the entire Lake which is fun to do once or twice a day. The lake itself is beautiful and clear to several feet down and you can see old growth trees that have fallen into the lake bed. The view of Mount Hood is incredible especially over a cup of coffee in the morning. There are lots of places to hang your hammock and sit by the lake and enjoy it. I highly recommend a trip to Lost Lake Resort. There is a small store comma and showers available for a low fee. You can't camp and also get one of the rooms in the lodge itself. I find that there are sufficient outhouses and I've never had a problem while staying there.
This campground is great. We had a walk-in site on the F Loop. The site had separate tiers for lake access, tent pads, and the eating/fire area. But the those spots to fill up quickly, so reserve well ahead of time. There were outhouses for toilets and pay showers at the lodge. We went on a sweltering summer day, and the forest and lake keep this nice and cool. The lake itself is beautiful, and the lodge rents rowboats, canoes, kayaks and the like, but you don't have to put up with motorboats on the lake. It is very popular among fishers, so I would swim from a boat instead of from the shore to avoid stray fishhooks. Although it looks longer on the map, the drive in from I84 is much easier than trying to take the passes from Sandy. Bring a map of the campground with you. We arrived after-hours and had to look around for our loop in the dark. Signage for the F Loop was confusing and there's no service, so a site map would have been very handy!
The views of Mt. Hood are amazing from this lake. Spent the day in a canoe, exploring the lake. Stayed in one of the yurts, which would have been better if it was away from the tent camping. Neighbors were a bit close. After exploring we did see that there were many sites that were more private…next time we will reserve those. You can rent boats, canoes, etc, and there is a store that has anything you would need. Very nice staff.