Timothy Lake - Meditation Point Campground

Area Status: Open

Meditation Point Campground is a small, primitive hike-to campground on the shores of Timothy Lake. Campers can park at the West Shore Day Use area to access the campground. There is also a small trailhead on NF-5890 on the north side of the lake. A day use permit or annual pass is required for parking. The rustic sites are limited to groups of six campers each. The 7 campsites are accessible by boat, bike or hike only. There is a vault toilet, and each site is equipped with a table and fire ring.

At a Glance

Reservations: First come, first served only. No reservations.
  • Camping: $10/night for single primitive site
  • Day use:
    • $10/day/vehicle required at the trailhead.
Open Season: 05/24/2024 - 09/02/2024
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: 10 mph speed limit for motorized boats on the lake.
Closest Towns: Government Camp, OR
Water: No potable water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass may be used as a form of day-use fee payment.
Operated By: Portland General Electric
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General Information


From Sandy, OR - travel east on Highway 26 for approximately 40 miles to Skyline Road (Rd 42). Turn right on Skyline Road, travel south 9 miles. Turn right on FS Road 57, west 2+ miles, go over Timothy Lake Dam. Turn right into the Myron Blank Wes Shore Day Use Area. Go to end of parking area and park. Hike or bike 1.2 miles on Timothy Lake Trail to Meditation Point.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:

7 campsites accessible by hike, bike, or boat located on the north end of Timothy Lake.

No. of Sites 4 single site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None

Lake and Pond Fishing

Recreation areas with activity Lake and Pond Fishing: Fishing in 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

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

A 12-mile hiking trail circles the lake, and the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail passes by the east shore of the lake, leading north to Little Crater Lake Geological Area. 

Meditation Point Trail #526 leads to campground.


Recreation areas with activity Backpacking: Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail access. See day hiking description.


Recreation areas with activity Picnicking:

Boating - Motorized

Recreation areas with activity Boating - Motorized:

10 mph speed limit for motorized boats. An artificially created lake, it is one of a few lakes on the Mt. Hood National Forest that allows motorized boating.

Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation areas with activity Boating - Non-Motorized:

Canoeing and boating on Timothy Lake. Boat ramps at sites located at the southern end of the lake. You can also portage to Meditation Point campground.


Recreation areas with activity Swimming:

There are no formal swimming areas and no lifeguards.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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