Timothy Lake- The Cove Day Use Area

Area Status: Closed

The Cove offers picnicking, swimming, fishing, campfire talks, and serves as a base for hiking on nearby trails. Located on Timothy Lake. Boat ramps available at nearby campgrounds & day use sites.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed for the 2023 Summer Season
  • $10 per vehicle per day
  • NW Forest Pass or Interagency Pass is acceptable in lieu of day use fee.
Open Season: 05/26/2023 - 09/23/2023
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Government Camp, OR
Water: No
Restroom: Vault toilet
Passes: Northwest Forest Pass or federal interagency passes 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, turn right at the Cove Day Use Area entrance sign.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

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

A 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.


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


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

Paddling and boating on Timothy Lake.

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