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CLEAR LAKE (OR), OR

part ofMt Hood National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: CLEAR LAKE (OR)
Status: Closed through Thu May 22 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

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.

Natural Features:

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.

Recreation:

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.

Facilities:

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.

Nearby Attractions:

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.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Day Use Area
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Host
  • Lake Access
  • Mushroom Picking
  • Picnic Area
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Dump Station
  • Snowmobile Trails
Know Before You Go
  • In accordance with standard industry practices, Mount Hood Recreation will be assessing a $8 additional vehicle fee on the 'second vehicle' in each single family campsite, and on the 'third and fourth vehicle' in any double family campsite, provided these vehicles are not joined to the first vehicle by a hitch and towed onto the site. In the case of motorcycles, the first two are considered as one vehicle for determining additional vehicle fees. The third and fourth motorcycle would also be considered as one vehicle. No additional vehicle fees are collected for bicycles.
  • Off-road vehicle use is prohibited within the campground
  • Overflow dispersed camping is available; sites are $10/night
  • Click here for more information on the Mt. Hood National Forest
The campground is managed by Mount Hood Recreation, a division of Northwest Land Management. Comment forms and more information are available from campground hosts or CLM's website.

Due to the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.

Note: Clear Lake Campground is on the Mt. Hood National Forest; it is not Cold Water Cove located on Hwy 126, 55 miles east of McKenzie Bridge, OR.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
45.18111, -121.69639
45°10'52"N, 121°41'47"W

From Sandy, travel east on Highway 26 for about 65 miles. Turn onto Forest Road 2630 and continue for 1 mile to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

CLEAR LAKE (OR)

OR

Phone Number:

Information: (541)328-0909
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