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  • Writer's pictureTina McLain

Frog Lake

Updated: Apr 28

An easy access lake with a view of Mt Hood in Mount Hood National Forest.

Frog Lake

Lake Name: Frog Lake Lake Coordinates: 45.2187, -121.6947 Lake Elevation: 4000′ Access: Drive up

Permits/Fees: There is a day use fee, the forest service website notes "NW Forest Pass is accepted in lieu of day use fee." Note: The lake is located near Hwy 26 and there is audible road noise.

Location: Near Highway 26 in Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon, U.S.A.

Administration: Mount Hood National Forest

Ranger District: Hood River Ranger District Date Accessed: 6-18-20

Frog Lake is pretty easy to access. Just take the road past the campground and it takes you directly to the lake and day use area. There is parking on the side of the road down the west side of the lake. The day use area was at the south end of the lake. There were picnic tables, an outhouse, and a boat launch for non-motorized boats. There wasn’t a whole lot of parking near the “day use” area.

Mt Hood is visible from the south side of the lake. There’s some brush along the edge of the lake and then a small rock slide where views of the mountain are viewable.

The water was a pretty greenish color. There were some kayakers out on the water. Next time I’ll have to come back with my paddle board.

Frog Lake

I ended up parking along the side of the road on the west side of the lake. I got my lunch out and sat by the waters edge. I found a nice stump that worked well as a seat as I forgot to put my camping chair in the truck. I didn’t really notice any mosquitoes. Even for it being a week day there were quite a few people there. I could hear people talking who were fishing on the other side of the lake. I could also hear the cars on the highway nearby. It was pleasant, but it wasn’t quiet or private. I’m sure it can get rather full on some weekends during the summer, but the Forest Service says that its usage is light.

How to get there (from Sandy, OR)



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