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Clackamas Lake

Mount Hood National Forest

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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Clackamas Lake

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  • Oak Grove Fork on the Clackamas River.- Clackamas Lake
  • Oak Grove Fork on the Clackamas River.- Clackamas Lake
  • Headwaters of the Clackamas River, Clackamas Lake.- Clackamas Lake
  • Headwaters of the Clackamas River, Clackamas Lake.- Clackamas Lake
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Serene subalpine meadow and lake. Numerous nearby camping options.
Cons: 
Relatively small for canoeing/kayaking.
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Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Site characteristics: Water: 
Lake
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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Clear mountain waters slowly flow from the small and shallow Clackamas Lake 2 miles to Timothy Lake, where they eventually become the Clackamas River.  Beyond its scenic appeal, this headwater plays a minor role as a recreation outlet for the adjacent Clackamas Lake Campground.  Anglers can expect small numbers of stocked brook, rainbow, cutthroat and German brown trout that make their way from neighboring Timothy Lake.  In early summer when waters are at their highest point, canoes and kayaks can make the passage from Clackamas Lake to Timothy Lake via the relatively deep brook that connects the two bodies of water, with two necessary portages - one over NF-42 and the other over NF-57.

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(64 within a 30 mile radius)

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