Reservations possible?
RV Hookups
Potable water
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The North Arm Campground is by far the quietest, most tranquil and most isolated of the eight established campgrounds that encircle the reservoir.  Other than one vault toilet, picnic tables and fire pits, the campground offers few amenities, but its rugged and isolated nature is its greatest asset.  When the rest of the reservoir’s campgrounds are packed with summer crowds, the North Arm Campground remains peaceful, much to the delight of those seeking a serene camping experience.  Little Crater Lake is an easy 1-mile hike from the campground, as well.  Swing by any of the other Timothy Lake campgrounds to see a camp host when you want to check in.

If the North Arm Campground is full, check out any of the other reservoir’s campgrounds: Pine Point Campground, Hoodview Campground, Gone Creek Campground and Oak Fork Campground.  If you’d like a quieter camping experience, try the walk-in only Meditation Point Campground, or the nearby Little Crater Lake and Clackamas Lake Campgrounds.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee


Quietest campground on Timothy Lake. Direct access to the lake.


Few amenities. No reservations.

Pets allowed


Managed by

Mount Hood National Forest


Vault toilet
Swimming holes


Nearby Adventures

Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

Nearby Lodging + Camping


Spent Weekend at North Arm. Arrived on Thursday, stayed in site #11, but it was reserved for weekend, so moved to site #10, a non-reserve site. Got lucky that the non-reservation opened up for the weekend.

The camp host, Bruce Lee was great with the kids. He offered them Junior Ranger program certificates when they performed the activities necessary for the badges. Definitely a great place for families.
Spent weekend at Timothy lake. Arrived at 10 am Friday morning, and lucky to find a camping site at North Arm . . . someone just leaving. Site 6 is definitely a great site, although 7 and 8 were taken by a loud group, probably just luck of the draw. All other sites full when I arrived and hadn't changed when I left. Fishing off N. Arm Campground not successful at all, went to East side of lake, North of Oak grounds and fished off of the northern most and most prominent jetty of land on the main lake . . . lots of bites, 5 keepers, and about 8 catches on a late morning.
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