Trillium Lake Day Use Area

Area Status: Closed
Trillium Lake with Mt. Hood reflected.

Trillium Lake is well-known for its scenery and abundant recreational opportunities, as well as being a great, family-friendly place to camp at Trillium Lake Campground.

Recreation: Boating, swimming, and fishing are popular on 63-acre Trillium Lake. A small boat ramp is available within the campground and a larger ramp is available in the day use area. An accessible fishing pier is also available. Anglers cast for a variety of trout. The 2-mile Trillium Lake Loop Trail circles the lake, and parts of it are accessible. Visitors also enjoy hiking and biking on other trails in the vicinity. Tours of the area's historical sites are also popular. 

Natural Features: Located about 40 miles southeast of Portland at an elevation of 3,600'. Between December and May, the lake is accessible to skiers and snowshoers via the Trillium Sno-Park on Hwy. 26. Plan for a 4.4-mile round trip.

Fish your National Forests: A boat launch and fishing is also available from shore. The lake has trout and the following types of fishing are popular: Wade; shore; non-motorized boat; float tube; fly; spin; and bait. There is accessible (ADA) fishing available via the fishing pier and boat launch.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed for winter.  Reopens in very late spring or early summer, depending on snowmelt.
Fees: $10 day use area fee per vehicle from May 15 through October 1. Northwest Forest Passes are accepted as payment.  Federal interagency passes including Senior, Access, or other day-use passes are not accepted at day use site.
  • Trillium Group Day Use - $72/day
  • Trillium Group Amphitheater - $92/day
Open Season: Early June - Late September
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Dogs must be on a leash on the Trillium area ski trails.
Closest Towns: Government Camp, OR 
Restroom: Vault toilets
Passes: Concession-operated. $10 fee from May 15 through Oct. 1. Northwest Forest Passes (day or annual) are accepted as payment. Federal interagency passes including Senior, Access, Military, or other day-use passes are not accepted at day use site.
Operated By: Vista Recreation
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General Information


From Portland travel east on Highway 26 for about 40 miles. Turn right 1 mile east of Government Camp on Forest Road 2656 (Trillium Lake Rd).  Continue 2 miles (past the campground turn-off) to the entrance day use picnic area or boat launch.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing


Boating - Non-Motorized


Recreation Areas

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