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.
The views are breathtaking and the lake is crystal clear. However, the map provided is horrible. We had a very hard time finding anything as it was our first visit. The other big issue is the crowds. We arrived at 10am and all of the good lake front areas were already taken. It’s best to stay a few days to really enjoy the lake. Will definitely be back.
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 only thing missing from this amazing camping spot is electricity and running water. Otherwise, it’s perfect! Absolutely gorgeous view of Mt. Hood, tons of hiking, a beautiful lake and camping spots for everyone. They have walk-in spots, yurts, a-frames, RV spots, a horse camp and even a few rooms at the lodge. Make sure to spend at least 3-4 days!
Most sites are very large and tiered, which I like - feels like separate area for cooking, sleeping & relaxing by the water. Great trail around the lake, boat rentals, and a little store for the things you forgot.
If you want endless, beautiful views of Mt. Hood I would highly recommend coming here. The views are spectacular, I honestly couldn't get enough of it.
- Views of Mt. Hood- THE BEST
- Lost Lake- Fun water activities. My family brought our kayak, and I spent most of my morning on the water.
- Rental Shop- This shop is close by, and is a great place to head to if you need any rentals. My brother went here and rented some fishing gear. They also have a little shop with snacks, which is always great!
- Boat Dock- Great for getting your boat in the water.
- Campsites are great, and pretty good size. Doesn't make you feel like you are crowding your neighbor. They also take reservations which is great for the busy times of the month. They also have first come first serve sites as well for those people who want to camp last minute.
- Great hiking- Highly recommend asking the station what hikes are nearby. They were super helpful and pointed us in the right direction.
- Bathrooms were a little dirty- but honestly its hard to expect campground bathrooms to be super well kept.
- Crowded- I guess this is to be expected during the summer months
Overall- I would highly recommend coming and staying here. The people who work here are super friendly and helpful. I love that they have a little store on site. This was helpful because we forgot to bring smore makings (don't know how we forgot!!) and the store saved us!! They also have little cabins you can rent- not sure what the cost is. They also have spots for RVS with hookups. The rental shop is also super nice!! You can rent canoes ($22 an hr), kayaks ($22 an hr), and you can also rent smaller things like: vest, fishing poles, etc..
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!