Little Crater Lake Campground

 

Site map of Little Crater Lake campground

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Area Status: Closed

Little Crater Lake Campground is one of the most scenic spots in Mt. Hood National Forest and a very comfortable place to camp. It's not far from Little Crater Lake, a cold, crystal clear, spring-fed pond - which can be enjoyed by viewing, NOT by swimming, which is prohibited. 

Also nearby is Timothy Lake, where boaters, swimmers, and anglers enjoy recreating at The Cove Day Use Area, all in the shadows of stunning Mount Hood.

Little Crater Lake, the small version of the famous lake to the south, is considered a geologic oddity. It is thought that the lake was created by artesian water forcing its way through the soft volcanic rock, creating a "blowhole." 

Excellent huckleberry picking in the vicinity. Campground is wheelchair accessible.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed for the season.
Reservations: This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 or online at Recreation.gov.
Fees:
  • Camping:
    • $25/night for single site
    • $8/night for extra vehicle
    • $2/night additional charge on all holidays and holiday weekends
  • Day use:
    • $10/day/vehicle
    • NW Forest Pass accepted in lieu of day-use fee
Open Season: 05/27/2022 - 09/04/2022
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Vehicles 22 ft. max. Absolutely NO SWIMMING in Little Crater Lake.
Closest Towns: Government Camp, OR
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes:
  • Camping: 50% discount for single site camping with any of these passes: Interagency Senior, Interagency Acces, Golden Age or Golden Access.
  • Day use: Recreation passes may be used as a form of fee payment.
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Vista Recreation

General Information

Directions:

Directions from Sandy, OR - Travel southeast on Highway 26 past Government Camp and Frog Lake to Primary Forest Route 42. Follow 42 south to Primary Forest Route 58 (approximately 1.5 miles into the Warm Springs Indian Reservation). Follow 58 northwest for approximately two miles to the campground.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Mountain Biking

This area is near the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) so please note: bikes are prohibited on the PCT.

Campground Camping

No. of Sites 16 single site(s)
Reservation Info This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at http://www.recreation.gov/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=71658&topTabIndex=CampingSpot
No. of Accessible sites None

RV Camping

No. of Sites This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at http://www.recreation.gov/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=71658&topTabIndex=CampingSpot
No. of Accessible sites 16 single site(s)

Lake and Pond Fishing

Fishing in nearby Timothy lake. Size: 1,388 surface acres, Elevation: 3,227 feet.
Fishing Mode Fly, Spin, Bait
Water Temperature Depth: 45' average depth, 80' maximum depth,
Water/Flow Level Rainbow trout, brook trout, kokanee, cutthroat trout. Trout are stocked in the lake several times a year.

Day Hiking

Hiking on the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, which leads south to Timothy Lake and north up the slopes of Mount Hood.

Backpacking

Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail access. See day hiking description.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
45.149028

  Longitude : 
-121.743014

  Elevation : 
2600