Adventuring near the water is beloved in Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory. Hanging out at the lake, making memories with friends and family and enjoying the views is a dream. But which lake is best for you? It just so happens that Mt. Hood Territory has more than a few to choose from.
Please note: There is currently limited access to Timothy Lake due to portions of Hwy 224 closing due to wildfire damage. Plan your route in advance.
Perhaps not as well known as its manmade cousin Trillium, Timothy Lake is still a beautiful spot that offers stellar views of nearby Mt. Hood. It's a little further out than some others, but it's worth the extra travel time, as it offers great fishing, sailing and kayaking options. It's also one of the few lakes that allows motorized boating. Plus, there's a scenic 16 mile bike trail around the lake that makes for a nice, scenic ride. After a full day of biking and fishing, rest up at one of the several campgrounds that ring the lake.
Located along the Clackamas River just east of Estacada, the North Fork Reservoir is part of a power generation system owned by Portland General Electric (PGE). Sure that comes in handy, but we like it more for its excellent fishing, as it's known for schools of rainbow trout that are quite accommodating with their willingness to grab your lure. It's a great spot to take the kids for that milestone moment of catching their first fish. Late summer/early fall is the best season for fishing. Make sure your licenses are up to date, and your fishing line is fresh. You're going to need it. Plus, Promontory Park along the reservoir has yomes to rent and a camp store.
The 6.6 mile, out and back hike to Burnt Lake is well worth your while. Along the way you'll experience an enchanting forest, which provides plenty of shade from the heat. You will be rewarded with beautiful views of a crisp alpine lake and, if you're lucky, a stunning view of Mt. Hood. You may even want to add a loop around the lake to your hike, which is less than one mile. We suggest packing a picnic to enjoy while there. Don't be intimidated by the unpaved road; even a low-to-the-ground sedan can make it.
Please note: Lake Harriet is closed due to wildfire damage until further notice.
This PGE lake has been called "the best kept secret on Mt. Hood." Located near Timothy Lake, it's regularly stocked with rainbow trout and also has a nice population of cutthroat and brown trout. It's open year-round for day use with a $5 fee.
This beautiful little gem is a reservoir along the Clackamas River accessed from Milo McIver State Park on its northwestern section, while Estacada sits on its eastern shores. Estacada Lake is popular with anglers, as it's regularly stocked with trout. It's also a great lake for kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Its calm waters and scenic views make for a peaceful outing.
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