Directions: Take I-84 East to Hood River (exit 62) and take a right. Take another right at 13th and follow signs to Odell and Dee. Then follow signs to Lost Lake.
Lost Lake has quickly become one of our favorite places in Oregon. You can’t beat the view of Mt. Hood, the trail around the lake is great and there are lots of spots to relax near the water.
When we first got our kayak we immediately wanted to take it to Lost Lake and we finally got the chance. There are signs marking where the public boat launch and parking areas are. We ended up not using the boat launch and just got in along the bank nearby. It was a lot faster and less crowded.
We paddled around most of the lake and then stuck around the areas with the best view of the mountain so we could fish with a view. Motorized boats aren’t allowed on the water which is nice, you don’t have to worry about a speed boat flying by and potentially soaking you. It’s also a lot quieter without all the motor noise. You can rent paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, and boats at the lodge so there was a good amount of people on the water but it never felt overly crowded or annoying. We didn’t catch any fish, but we did get a lot of relaxing and mountain viewing in!
If you have extra time take a hike around the lake, the trail is great.
Be sure to stop at the Apple Valley Country Store on your way home, the huckleberry milkshakes are delicious!
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: All ages
Parking Fee: $8 entrance fee.
Seasons: Late spring to fall.
Overall: Lost Lake is a great kayak option if you’re looking to have a nice relaxing time with easy paddling.