Frog Lake

Frog Lake Oregon is a picturesque location situated in the stunning Mount Hood National Forest. It is a captivating alpine lake that reflects the surrounding natural beauty like a mirror. Located just off Highway 26, this scenic paradise is easily accessible, making it a popular choice for locals and visitors alike. At an elevation of 3,800 feet, Frog Lake captivates visitors with its serene ambiance and diverse array of activities that cater to all age groups and interests.

Getting There

If you’re planning a visit to Frog Lake Oregon, getting there is a breeze. Whether you’re coming from Portland or other neighboring cities, follow these straightforward directions:

  • From Portland: Head east on Highway 26 for approximately 57 miles. Look for the sign indicating Frog Lake, turn right, and follow the road to the parking area.

  • From Bend: Take US-26 W towards Government Camp for approximately 95 miles. After passing Government Camp, you’ll find the sign for Frog Lake on your left. Turn left and proceed to the parking area.

  • From Hood River: Take I-84 W and then merge onto US-26 W via Exit 64. Drive for about 36 miles until you reach the Frog Lake sign. Turn left and follow the road to the parking area.

Frog Lake, Mt Hood Area Real Estate, Mt Hood Living, Government Camp Oregon
Frog Lake, Mt Hood Area Real Estate, Mt Hood Living, Government Camp Oregon

Hiking Trails: Exploring Nature's Wonders

Frog Lake boasts a network of enchanting hiking trails that wind through dense forests, alpine meadows, and alongside crystal-clear streams. Some popular trails include:

  • Frog Lake Butte Trail: Embark on a moderate 5-mile round-trip hike that leads you to the summit of Frog Lake Butte. Experience panoramic views of Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, and the surrounding wilderness.

  • Pacific Crest Trail (PCT): For a longer adventure, access a section of the legendary PCT that passes through the Frog Lake area. Trek along this iconic trail and soak in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Cascade Range.

  • Frog Lake Loop Trail: Ideal for families, this easy 2-mile loop trail encircles the lake, offering picturesque views and an opportunity to spot various wildlife.

Camping by the Lake

Camping enthusiasts will find a perfect escape at Frog Lake’s campgrounds. Spend a night under the star-studded sky and let the soothing sounds of nature lull you to sleep.

  • Frog Lake Campground: This well-maintained campground offers both tent and RV camping options. Enjoy the convenience of restrooms, picnic tables, and fire rings while being surrounded by nature’s beauty. Frog lake campground has 32 spots and has trash disposal, rv spots with graywater disposal, and hand pumped water. This is a busy spot and booing online is highly recommened. Book here

  • Pioneer-Indian Trail Camp: Located near the lake’s western shore, this primitive camping spot is perfect for those seeking a more rugged experience. Remember to practice Leave No Trace principles during your stay.

Frog Lake, Mt Hood Area Real Estate, Mt Hood Living, Government Camp Oregon
Frog Lake, Mt Hood Area Real Estate, Mt Hood Living, Government Camp Oregon
Frog Lake, Mt Hood Area Real Estate, Mt Hood Living, Government Camp Oregon

Fishing Adventures: Reel in the Memories

For fishing enthusiasts, Frog Lake Oregon is a dream come true. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout, providing ample opportunities for anglers to cast their lines and reel in the catch of the day.

Best Fishing Spots: The northern and southern shores of the lake are popular fishing spots. Don’t forget to obtain a valid Oregon fishing license before trying your luck.

Types of Fish: The lake is stocked seasonally with about 6,000  rainbow trout. Several hundred trophy sized trout are also stocked as well as a handful of larger Brood Trout. The lake is shallow so plan your fishing method appropriately.

Frog Lake, Mt Hood Area Real Estate, Mt Hood Living, Government Camp Oregon


At Frog Lake prepare to see lots of Frogs. This lake is a breeding ground for them and its super common to see hundreds of baby frogs hopping all around the shoreline. You will also find other native animals such as deer, hawks, eagles, raccoons, and the occasional cougar or bear.

What to bring

You can’t go wrong bringing the following items: sunblock, towel, food, water, and something that floats. The nearest store/gas station is about 10 minutes away, close to Government Camp. Learn more about Government camp here

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best time to visit Frog Lake Oregon?

The best time to visit Frog Lake Oregon is during the summer months, from June to September. During this period, the weather is pleasant, and all outdoor activities are in full swing. However, if you prefer a snow-filled wonderland, visit during winter for snowy adventures.

Are there any accommodation options near Frog Lake Oregon?

Yes, there are several accommodation options available near Frog Lake Oregon. You can find campgrounds, cabins, and resorts in the vicinity, catering to different preferences and budgets.

Is a fishing license required at Frog Lake Oregon?

Yes, a valid Oregon fishing license is required for anyone over the age of 12 who wishes to fish at Frog Lake.

Are pets allowed at Frog Lake Campground?

Yes, pets are allowed at Frog Lake Campground. However, they must be kept on a leash at all times and should not be left unattended.

Are campfires permitted at the campgrounds?

Yes, campfires are allowed at designated fire rings in the campgrounds. However, be sure to check for any fire restrictions in the area before starting a fire.

Can I swim in Frog Lake?

Swimming is allowed in Frog Lake, and during summer, it can be a refreshing way to enjoy the pristine waters. However, please exercise caution, as there are no lifeguards on duty.

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