Updated: Nov 21, 2022
A popular man-made reservoir with many recreation opportunities in Mount Hood National Forest.
Lake Name: Laurance Lake Lake Coordinates: 45.4601, -121.6633 Lake Elevation: 3000′ Access: Drive up Note: The lake is a reservoir and a very popular place to camp. There is a dam at one end that can be walked across. Date: 6-27-20
Laurance Lake is a reservoir. There is a dam at the East end of the lake that one can walk across. It is a popular place to camp. There were a lot of people camping all along the road next to the lake and in Kinnikinnick Campground. There isn’t a hiking trail that goes all the way around the lake. The usage is heavy at the lake and definitely isn’t a place to find solitude, in my opinion.
The road to Laurance Lake is somewhat unique. It’s mostly paved except for one short section in the middle where it’s gravel.
It was a cool sunny day and it was pretty windy. The forest service website notes that it has a wide variety of water activities permitted including motorized and non-motorized boats.
How to get there (from Parkdale, OR)
Take Clear Creek Rd for 2.8 miles. Turn right onto Laurance Lake Dr and proceed for 3.9 miles. The lake will be on the right side of the road.
Lake Coordinates: 45.4601, -121.6633
Hood River Ranger District map location: T1S R9E S22
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