Clear Lake Day Use/Picnic Site

Area Status: Open

Adjacent to Clear Lake. This site is wheelchair accessible. It is easily accessible off Highway 26, a major two lane highway.

Clear Lake is not a natural lake but a reservoir created and managed under a long-term permit for agricultural irrigation off the forest.  The lake usually becomes increasingly shallow beginning in early July.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open as of 5/26/2023
Fees: Concession Operated Forest Service Day Use Site with Fee. Day use:
  • $10/day/vehicle
  • NW Forest Pass is accepted in lieu of day use fee.
Open Season: 05/12/2023 - 09/23/2023
Usage: Light
Restrictions: 10 mph speed limit for motorized boats on the lake.
Closest Towns: Hood River, OR
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet (4)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Sandy, follow Highway 26 east for about 38 miles and go right on Forest Road 2630 and follow to Clear Lake Campground and Day Use area.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Fishing in Clear Lake. Clear Lake is a large, artificial irrigation lake. Size: 557 acres, Elevation: 3,500 feet.
Fishing Mode Fly, Spin, Bait
Water Temperature average depth is 26 feet
Water/Flow Level Rainbow trout, brook trout


Boating - Motorized

Motor boats allowed in Clear Lake. Power boats are limited to 10 mph.

Boating - Non-Motorized

Small sailboats will enjoy the Lake's steady breeze.


Swimming in Clear Lake

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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