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Exploring Portland...Lakes

Updated on August 23, 2017

Find a Lake Close to Portland

What do you like to do when you visit a lake? Are you wondering where lakes are near Portland, Oregon? Whether you're looking to take a refreshing dip, catch a nice trout, go boating or just enjoy a nice afternoon, you'll find a lake near Portland to provide any or all of the above. All the lakes are within 60 miles of Portland.

Below find a list of lakes in the Portland metro area. Click on the name to find more information.

Lakes in Oregon

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

John Lubbock

Timothy Lake
Timothy Lake

Lost Lake

Lost Lake is probably the most famous of the lakes near Portland. It is the one featured on post cards with Mt. Hood mirrored on its surface. The original name was of Native American origin meaning "heart of the mountain", but Lost Lake is much easier to pronounce. Today, there is a full resort surrounding Lost Lake including a lodge, cabins and camping. They offer boat rentals, but no motorboats on the lake. You can enjoy fishing, hiking, biking, boating or just nothing at all.

Lakes Near Mt. Hood

Timothy Lake - Here you can enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, picnicking, canoeing, windsurfing and a spectacular view of Mt. Hood.

Around the 1,500-acre lake, four campgrounds provide more than 200 campsites, and there are several picnic areas along the shore.

Clear Lake - Located on the south side of Mt. Hood, Clear Lake offers fishing, hiking, bicycling, boating, swimming, and bird watching.

Frog Lake - A nice quiet lake on the south side of Mt. Hood that offers boating (no motors), fishing, bicycling hiking, and backpacking. If you come in early September, you will find hundreds of tiny black frogs along the banks.

Hideaway, Shellrock and Rock Lakes - Fish for trout, hike the trails or take a dip in one of these secluded lakes Hidden among douglas fir trees, these lakes are accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicles.

Olallie Lakes National Scenic Area - This scenic area on the crest of the Cascade Range includes some 30 lakes, all designated nonmotorboat lakes. The largest lake would be Olallie Lake which is extremely popular with camping, hiking, fishing and boating. Olallie Lake resort offers yurt and cabin rentals, paddleboat and canoe rentals as well as a general store. Swimming is not recommended at Olallie Lake, but there are several lakes closeby where swimming is a welcome respite on a hot summer day.

Summit Lake - Situated between Trillium Lake and the Olallie Lakes Scenic Area, Summit Lake lies just a mile off the highway. But the primitive road leading to the lake often leave you alone with the ducks. The lake offers camping, nonmotorized boating, hiking, fishing, and swimming.

Trillium Lake - A classic postcard lake with views of Mt. Hood, makes Trillium Lake very popular in the summer. In the winter, cabins offer the opportunity for cross country skiing or it's just a 7 mile drive to Mt. Hood's Timberline Lodge or a quick jaunt to Multorpor Skibowl. In summer enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, boating, wind surfing, sailing. or just picnicking by this beautiful lake.

Wahtum Lake - A relatively remote, scenic lake located about 7 miles north of Lost Lake on the north slope of Mt. Hood. A popular recreation site, the lake offers fishing, hiking, swimming and camping.

Lakes East of Portland

Fairview Lake - Lakeshore Park is a 2.5 acre park located on Fairview Lake. Completed in June 2003, the park has walking trails, a canoe dock, a wildflower meadow and a large gathering area.

Lake Harriet - A great little spot for fishing and camping. This 22-acre reservoir, which stores water for PGE's Oak Grove Hydroelectric Project, is stocked with trout. A small, 10-site campground is located at the head of the lake.

Promontory Lake - If you want to teach your children to fish, Promontory Park is the place to come. Small Fry Lake, a one-acre lake within the park, was developed for the exclusive use of young anglers. Kids up to 14 years old can fish for their limit of three fish per day on Small Fry Lake.

Anglers of all ages can fish on the 350-acre North Fork Reservoir. In addition to fishing, Promontory Park has 50 campsites, 11 yomes, restrooms, showers, picnic areas and a concession store.

Faraday Lake - a favorite fishing spot

What could be more relaxing than lazing at the water's edge with a fishing pole in your hand? That's what you'll enjoy at Faraday Lake, a 26-acre reservoir that is stocked to provide year-round fishing. Only bank fishing is allowed here - no boats, rafts, inner tubes or any other flotation devices.

Blue Lake - located east of Portland, Blue Lake Park is a 64-acre natural lake fed by underground springs, Blue Lake provides opportunities for boating, fishing and swimming, and makes a beautiful backdrop for hundreds of family picnics, community events and special programs throughout the year.

Lakes West of Portland

Hagg Lake - Henry Hagg Lake and Scoggins Valley Park has been described as a "hidden gem in the western foothills of Washington County." Located outside of Hillsboro, the park offers boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and picnicking.

Sauvie Island Lakes - Sauvie Island is one of the largest freshwater islands on the continent which includes a vareity of freshwater lakes. Because the lakes are all shallow, motorboats are not recommended, but canoes, kayaks and rowboats offer the perfect opportunity to view over 250 species of birds; fish for warmwater species such as bass, crappie, perch and brown bullhead; or just exploring.

Smith and Bybee Lakes - Located in the heart of North Portland's industrial district, Smith and ByBee Lakes don't exactly offer the quintessential wilderness experience. What they do provide, however, is a close to home place to launch the canoe and paddle around in relative solitude. Over 1,000 acres to explore with plenty of sheltered channels and a surprising range of habitats.

Sunrise Over Lost Lake

Lakes in Washington

I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore. . . .I hear it in the deep heart's core.

William Butler Yates

Yale Lake
Yale Lake

Lakes near Portland in Washington

Vancouver Lake - Located across the river just outside Vancouver, Washington, Vancouver Lake is in Vancouver Park which offers a wide variety of activities including all kinds of boating, hiking, bicycling, picnic, golf, swimming, fishing, sailboarding and hunting. The lake is also home to a sailing club and rowing club.

Yale Lake - Located on the north fork of the Lewis River on the south side of Mt. St. Helens in Washington, Yale Lake offers camping at 2 campgrounds as well as boating, fishing, hiking, swimming and picnicking.

Lake Merwin - Located on the north fork of the Lewis River on the south side of Mt. St. Helens in Washington, Merwin Lake offers camping, boating, fishing, hiking, swimming and picnicking. THey also have an indoor swimming pool with sauna and game room and a mini golf course.

Silhouette of Men's Eights Rowing Team in Action, Vancouver Lake, Washington, USA Photographic Poster Print, 30x40

What's Your Favorite Lake in Oregon?

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      valueboxprinting 

      4 years ago

      thank you given important informationâ¦

      really you have done a good job

    • SheSue LM profile imageAUTHOR

      SheSue LM 

      4 years ago

      @hollybobolly: I would love to know the new ones you've discovered.

      Thanks, Shelley

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      hollybobolly 

      4 years ago

      I have been to many of those lakes, and I've learned of a couple new ones. Love it!

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      anonymous 

      4 years ago

      I adore Hagg Lake. I have caught many a fish there, had picnics, or just sat quietly watching the birds and people. Oregon's lakes are wonderful. Amazingly, even though I am a native, I have never been to Lost Lake. Sounds like I need to go this summer.

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      longlakelifestyle 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh there you go! That was the lake I was thinking off too.

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      longlakelifestyle 

      5 years ago

      There are many lakes in Oregon, it's hard to choose one from such a bunch.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Well, did she accept? :-)

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      ConvenientCalendar 

      5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing!

    • SheSue LM profile imageAUTHOR

      SheSue LM 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey Rod,

      Not a lot of lakes really close to Portland that would be secluded. Tualatin Hills Nature Park has a couple of ponds that would be secluded. Tryon Creek State Park has a creek that runs through the park. You could find a secluded place there. Forest Park doesn't have a lake, but could be secluded.

      Congrats!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Hello, I would like to pull off a surprise proposal to my girlfriend, who will be visiting portland in May with her father and sister. I want to find a nice, somewhat secluded lake, somewhat close to Portland. Anyone know of a good one where I could possibly pull it off? Thank you!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: you must live on the lake since there is little to NO public access and I don't think your comment helps anyone who might be looking for recreation !!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      what I would like to find is a lake with Good bass fishing and bluegill anywhere with in 40-50 miles of Portland, Anyone know such a place??

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      PDX tours 

      5 years ago

      I went snowshoeing last winter at Mt. Hood; we hiked up near a trail branch called Tom Dick & Harry, where the mountain, glowing white and pink in the afternoon light, was reflected in lake. What's it's name? Mirror Lake? Regardless, it was one of those moments of breathtaking beauty we are so lucky to experience here in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks for sharing your love of our region and its beauty!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      My favorite is a man-made lake, Lake Oswego.

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      NibsyNell 

      5 years ago

      Oh my! That Time-Lapse video is breathtaking!

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