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Trillium Lake, Government Camp

Water Body · Nature / Park
Trillium Lake is a lake situated 7.5mi south-southwest of Mount Hood in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is formed by a dam at the headwaters of Mud Creek, tributary to the Salmon River. It was created by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife in 1960.
The area which is now the lake was part of the Barlow Road, a component of the Oregon Trail. A log road across marshes allowed immigrants to pass to Summit Meadow, which was a toll station 1866—1870. Trillium is a genus of flowers particularly noticeable in the area.
The lake is popular for fishing, camping and photography, often clearly reflecting Mount Hood. Adjacent Trillium Lake Campground is administered by the Zigzag Ranger District of the Mount Hood National Forest. The large campground features a seasonal boat ramp and wheelchair-accessible floating dock. The lake is a very popular Nordic skiing destination from a trailhead across U.S. Route 26 from Snow Bunny. Some resources note its popularity on afternoons and weekends.
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  • We had such a wonderful and beautiful visit to Trillium Lake today with our family. We loved every minute of hiking the trail and smelling the beautiful forest. The trails were kept clean and there...  more »
  • We first visited Trillium Lake in 2014 ... decided to come back 7 years later to find crowds and commercialism ... Seven years ago there only a handful of people strolling the paths and plenty of...  more »
  • I am kind of torn over Trillium Lake. The Lake is really pretty and serene. But I didn't like the $10 Day Use Fee. We actually came to take photos of Mt Hood in front of Trillium Lake. We didn't.....  more »
  • Beautiful lake to get a good view of Mount Hood. Nice place to go fishing and to hike and spend a day with friends/family.
  • Nice easy hike. Some parts of the deck trails are closed but still accessible. Lots of people fishing. Looks like a great place to camp.
  • Beautiful lake overlooked by Mt.Hood creating perfect photo opportunity! Good fishing too!
  • Arrived there around 8 am on the first week of September. A great place to stop by to see this picturesque mountain view. It was less crowd when we arrived there.
  • Beautiful lake overlooking Mt Hood. Over time the lake has become overcrowded during summer season and I see lots of trash around the lake. This is a favorite spot for kayaking and camping as well. Hope to see the lake become better maintained in the future.

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