Timothy Lake- Gone Creek Campground

Area Status: Closed

Gone Creek Campground sits on the edge of the Timothy Lake, in the shadows of Mt. Hood, Oregon's highest peak. The lush, green forest surrounding the campground provides campers with ample recreational opportunities. The boat launch is for registered campers only. Campground has barrier-free campsites and restrooms.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed for the 2023 Summer Season
Reservations: Gone Creek Campground is available by reservation only. Reservations can be made online at Recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. 

This year, PGE changed select sites to have a 2-week booking window. PGE has also limited the number of nights you can reserve past the current booking window to 8 nights.

If reservable sites are open, they are first-come, first-serve until the next reservation arrives, and incoming reservations will limit the number of nights.
  • Camping
    • $24/night for single site
    • $52/night for double site
    • $10/night for extra vehicle
    • Additional $2 per night applies to holiday weekend rates
  • Day use: For campers only - no day use area.
Open Season: 05/26/2023 - 09/09/2023
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: 10 mph speed limit for motorized boats in the lake.
Closest Towns: Government Camp, OR
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
  • Camping: 50% discount for single site camping with any of these passes: Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age or Golden Access.
Operated By: Portland General Electric
Information Center: Portland General Electric Parks Information: (503) 464-8515 Zigzag Ranger District: (503) 622-3191

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 1 mile, turn right at the Gone Creek Campground entrance sign.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 47 single sites
Reservation Info This site can be reserved by calling 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or online at http://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232866
No. of Accessible sites None

RV Camping

See campground camping.

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

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

Boating - Non-Motorized

Paddling and boating in Timothy Lake.


There are no formal swimming areas and no lifeguards.

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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