• Activities:

    Stand Up Paddle, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Kayaking, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
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Lake
Scenic

Awe-inspiring views of Mt. Hood. Multiple hiking and water activities for all ages. Rent canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and even row boats. First-come, first-served tent campsites.

When the temperature starts to creep up in the summer, Lost Lake is the perfect escape. The campground provides you with everything you could want – miles of scenic hiking, a multitude of water activities, and even a general store for anything you might have forgotten at home.

The lakeside tent campsites are first-come, first-served, and can be hard to score during peak summer weekend…but the views in the morning are well worth the trouble. In particular, sites 1-31 have a direct view of Mt. Hood. During the summer, you’ll probably need to arrive on Thursday to secure one of these coveted spots. If you miss out on the tent sites, there are cabins and yurts to rent (although more expensive).

Once you’ve set up camp, hike either the 3-mile loop around the lake, or the more ambitious 2-mile Lost Lake Butte Trail that ascends 1,400 feet and provides 180 degree views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Cool off with a dip in the lake.

For more information about reservations and activities, click here.

Pack List

  • Camping gear
  • Fishing gear
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Hiking shoes
  • Camera
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The view is stunning here, as long as the lake is melted. I've been in May multiple times and the conditions have been different each time.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

great spot for a day trip from Hood River. check for fly fishing conditions, i've been here when fish are rising all over the lake.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

I loved my stay here a few weeks again, thanks Grant! It was an epic place for photography, especially sunsets.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Very crowded in the peak of summer, but still a fun place to run off to. The campgrounds are well kept and clean.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Fished here on the way to Sisters, Or. It was very peaceful and serene.

about 3 years ago
about 3 years ago

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Photographer and adventurer living in Portland, Oregon. Contact: austinjamesjackson@hotmail.com

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