Little Crater Lake Campground


Campground Type
Forest Service / BLM

Little Crater Lake

Campground Details

Open: Seasonal
Number of Sites: 16

This quiet campground is located in the Mt Hood National Forest at 3300 feet of elevation. Little Crater Lake is a cold, crystal clear, blue lake located 300 feet down an accessible trail from this 15-site campground. The spring-fed lake is 45 deep and less than 100 feet in diameter. It is not suitable for fishing, swimming or boating, but is very scenic. The surrounding meadow is a great place for observing birds and other wildlife. Larger Timothy Lake is located about 10 miles away, and is suitable for boating, fishing and swimming.

The small version of the famous lake to the south is considered a geologic oddity, possibly created by artesian water forcing its way through the soft volcanic rock, creating a "blowhole." Excellent huckleberry picking in the vicinity.

Fees: $18/Night for single unit, $5/extra vehicle NOTE: $2 per night extra charge on all holidays and holiday weekends. (2011)

Usage: Light

Water: Potable Water

Restrooms: Vault Toilet

Restrictions: Vehicles 22 ft. max.

Directions: From Sandy, Oregon, travel East on Highway 26 for approximately 40 miles to Skyline Road (Road 42). Turn right and travel South 4 miles. Turn right on FS Road 58, travel 2 miles to Little Crater Lake Campground entrance sign. Not on Timothy Lake.

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