We stayed in the free camping area. Clear Lake is a gorgeous lake that is riddled with trash, broken beer bottles, and human waste. Campers have managed to completely trash the grounds. The fishing has always been good when we've been there but after one night, I wasn't feeling safe and was ready to go. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a Mount Hood National Forest Service campground and we really enjoyed our stay. It is located approximately 9 miles east of Government Camp on highway 26 and about a 2 miles off of the highway on a paved road. Stay on Forest Route 2630/220, don't turn right until you get to the campground. We were there after Labor Day and there were only a few people camping. The campsites next to the lake are $18.00 and the others are $16.00 a night. There is water but it's a hand pump. Vault toilets are provided and were clean. The elevation is 3600 ft. so it did get cold at night. Very busy on holidays and weekends but, you can make reservations through Reserveamerica. If the campground had pressure water so we could have filled our tank we would have stayed longer and I would have given it a 10. We will be returning next year for sure!! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great setting along Timothy Lake. Water is available, but each loop only has a few spigots. The spigots do have threads, so fill your tanks before parking. The park was built before RVs existed, so the pads are oriented in all different directions. You may need to drive the "wrong way" around the one-way loop to enable easy parking in your spot. Several lake front spots. A number or spots can be reserved ahead through reserve america, but a lot are first come. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is one of the most beautiful campgrounds we've ever stayed in, and we've done a lot of camping. There's only one big problem, road noise from the highway which runs along the cliff above the campground. Although you can't see the cars or trucks, you can hear them, all day and all night. Our campsite was right on the creek running through the campground, and we could still hear the trucks' engine brakes, despite the splashing water in the creek. Other than that, it's great, the sites are widely spaced, the trees are large, there's lots of shade and the whole thing is well-managed by a representative of Thousand Trails. The bathrooms are "vaults," but they are clean. Unfortunately, almost all of the forest service campgrounds near Mt. Hood are right near the highway, next time, we would probably stay in a more out-of-the-way place and "commute" to Mt. Hood. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.