Randy May Family in Hillsboro Oregon

May 20, 2007

Clackamas River System

Filed under: Camping,Canoeing — rmay4 @ 2:31 am

There are five parks on the Clackamas River:

Timothy Lake – spectacular scenery
At Timothy Lake, you can enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, picnicking, canoeing, windsurfing and a spectacular view of Mt. Hood.Around the 1,500-acre lake, four campgrounds provide more than 200 campsites, and there are several picnic areas along the shore.

Timothy Lake is fished for kokanee, eastern brook and rainbow trout, and is one of the best crawdad, or crayfish, spots in the state.Check with the U.S. Forest Service for a map of hiking trails.

Directions: Follow State Highway 26 east from

Portland. After you pass Government Camp, watch for the Timothy Lake turnoff at the Skyline Road junction.Camping reservations: Call 877-444-6777 or reserve space online using the National Recreation Reservation Service for any of the four Timothy Lake campgrounds: Gone Creek, Hoodview, Oakfork or Pine Point.

Park features: Picnicking, camping, fishing, boating and hiking trails.

Lake Harriet – angler’s retreat
Lake Harriet is a great little spot for fishing and camping.This 22-acre reservoir, which stores water for PGE’s Oak Grove Hydroelectric Project, is stocked with trout.

A small, 10-site campground is located at the head of the lake.


Take Highway 224. Just past the Ripplebrook Campground, turn left on U.S. Forest Service Road 57, then take another left on U.S. Forest Service Road 4630. Watch for signs to Lake Harriet.Camping reservations: Call 877-444-6777 or reserve space online using the National Recreation Reservation Service.

Park features: Camping, fishing, boating and ADA-accessible features.

Promontory Park – a family affair
Reserve a campsiteIf you want to teach your children to fish,

Promontory Park is the place to come. Small Fry Lake, a one-acre lake within the park, was developed for the exclusive use of young anglers. Kids up to 14 years old can fish for their limit of three fish per day on Small Fry Lake.Anglers of all ages can fish on the 350-acre North Fork Reservoir. In addition to fishing,

Promontory Park has:

  • 50 campsites, including 11 yomes
  • Restrooms and showers
  • Picnic areas
  • Electric cooking facilities

Groceries, fishing tackle, and boat and motor rentals are available at the concession store located at the downstream end of the park. A boat dock and launching area are next to the store.For people with disabilities, the park has an accessible restroom, campsites, boat dock and rentable patio boats.

There is no speed limit on the lower half of the reservoir, but the upper half has an enforced speed limit of 10 miles per hour

Address: 40600 SE Highway 224, Estacada, OR 97023

Directions: Travel seven miles east of Estacada on Highway 224.

Camping reservations: You can make an online reservation or call 503-630-7229. Park Rules | Payment and Cancellation Policy

Promontory Park Store and Marina: 503-630-5152.Park features: Picnicking, camping, fishing, boating, hiking trails and ADA-accessible features.

Faraday Lake – a favorite fishing spot
What could be more relaxing than lazing at the water’s edge with a fishing pole in your hand? That’s what you’ll enjoy at
Faraday Lake, a 26-acre reservoir that is stocked to provide year-round fishing. Only bank fishing is allowed here — no boats, rafts, inner tubes or any other flotation devices. If you enjoy wildlife viewing, Faraday Lake is also home to a variety of waterfowl.Directions:

Faraday Lake is located one mile southeast of Estacada at the Faraday Hydroelectric Project. Watch for a sign pointing to the parking lot. From there, a footbridge leads across the river to the park.Park features: Fishing, wildlife viewing and ADA-accessible features.

Timber Park – one-day getaway
Reserve a park area | View park map

Timber Park, a day-use area and our closest park to Portland and Salem, is great for disc golf, fishing and picnicking. A picnic shelter with a small playground nearby can be reserved for family gatherings.

Please note: The boat launch is currently closed due to construction.

Address: 30878 NW Evergreen Way, Estacada, OR 97023

Directions: Timber Park is located on the Clackamas River, 30 miles southeast of Portland. Take Highway 224, go one mile west of Estacada, then follow the signs.

Park reservations: Timber Park is open year-round. To reserve the East Field, picnic shelter, ball field or disc golf course, you can make an online reservation or call 503-464-2433. A reservation fee is required. Park Rules

If your party includes more than 100 people; if alcohol will be served; and/or if you want to reserve multiple areas of the park for multiple days, please fill out the Day Use Area Permit Application (PDF).

Park features: Disc golf course, softball field, picnicking, fishing and boating. View this PDF for the layout of the disc golf course. Please note: The boat launch is currently closed due to construction.

Note: You will need the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader to view and print PDF files. Visit the Adobe Web site for downloading instructions.

Information on other PGE parks

Also see our regional map and chart showing all PGE park locations and services offered.

Contact information
For more information, call the PGE Parks Information Line at
503-464-8515 or e-mail us.Information is also available on hydroelectric project relicensing, protecting fish and learning opportunities at the parks.

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