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Trillium Lake, Government Camp

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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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  • As my husband and I were traveling around Mount Hood National Forest, we ran into this lake. This is a calm lake with a gorgeous view of Mount Hood reflected into it. I was completely mesmerized by...  more »
  • We stumbled upon this lake. Didn’t intend to come here and not from Oregon at all but this was the best part of the day trip! The park is wonderful and feels like a real camping experience. The park.....  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.

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