Gone Creek Campground, Timothy Lake - OR

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  1. Born2recrea8

    Born2recrea8 New Member

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    Jan 18, 2013
    DW and I stayed at this campground mid-June, in site #35 which is right on the water and probably one of best sites in the campground.

    Gone Creek is in less than 10 miles off highway 26 in the Mt Hood national forest and is managed by Portland General Electric. The host (ex-sheriff) was very diligent about watching the place (drove around on a cart and arrived within seconds of our pulling in). They had firewood bundles for sale if needed.

    As to access, the road is paved all the way in and you can usually get in by Memorial day, depending on snow levels from the prior winter. Due to the proximity to Portland (less than 90 miles) this campground is popular and reservations are recommended for prime sites as they fill quickly by weekend (we reserved ours months ahead). We arrived on a Thursday and the place was about 1/4 full, mostly the lake front sites, and the campround filled by Friday evening. If full, there are several back up campground options within a few miles (and on the lake as well0.

    There are extensive hiking and mountain bike trails. Fishing is popular, and so is gathering crawdads as we noticed while there. Plenty of room for tent trailers, our site was a pull through and had a beautiful view of the lake. Sites are spaced fairly well, some with better level of privacy than others.

    The only negative we encountered, we must of just timed it right to hit the hatch of flying ants [:(!]. When the weather warmed to the 70's on our third day there, they came out in droves. Literally could not walk from one end of the site to the other without one flying on you, etc. At any given time we had 10 to 15 attached to the tent trailer, and they were infiltrating through any crack they could find. Stuff Hitchcock movies are made out of. I've dealt with mosquitos, yellowjackets and mega ants on the ground, but not the 1" long flying kind. We had no spray and was just too much of an irritant as we were finding them inside the trailer, so we pulled out a day early.
     

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