There: About 11 miles east of Government Camp on Hwy 26, turn south onto Forest Road 42 (Skyline Road), then west onto Forest Road 57, which leads to Timothy Lake. The road may be blocked by snow until June. An unpaved route from Estacada is considerably slower.
Fisheries: Legal-sized rainbow trout are stocked by the tens of thousands. Resident cutthroat, brook trout to 6 lbs. and crayfish are plentiful. Kokanee are primarily accessible to boat anglers. The lake is open all year but snow often blocks access until the spring.
Information: Best bank fishing is along the southern shore, near the dam, and at the mouths of inlet streams where fly fishing can be especially good in late summer and fall. Kokanee are available at shallower depths from spring through early summer.
Tackle & Techniques: All lake-fishing techniques can be effective. Crayfish (especially plentiful in the shallows right off the campgrounds) can be caught in traps baited with chicken or fish.
Facilities: Five large campgrounds (some with drinking water); wheelchairaccessible fishing dock at Pine Pt. campground near the dam; unpaved trail encircling the lake; boat ramps at most campgrounds; day-use area with swimming dock. Campgrounds are open from snowmelt through September.
Fees: Yes, for both overnight and
Additional Activities: Swimming, wildlife viewing, hiking in Mt. Hood National Forest, exploring nearby Dinger Lake.
ODFW North Willamette Watershed District Office — (971) 673-6000
US Forest Service, Clackamas River Ranger District Office – (503) 630-6861