Trillium Lake, with Mount Hood as an incredible backdrop, is one of the more popular day-use and camping destinations in the Mt. Hood National Forest. The lake itself is not natural: the boggy meadows here were submerged by a dam built across Mud Creek in 1960. The Trillium Lake Trail circles the lake and affords a visit, via a series of boardwalks, to its less-trafficked west shore, where a variety of wetland wildflowers can be observed in the summer. Note that this is one of the concessionaire sites (California Land Management) in the Mt. Hood National Forest, and you will have to pay a fee to park. Northwest Forest Passes are not valid. $6 day use fee. BYOBoard, paddle, and PFD with whistle. Snacks/drinks/dinner. Hike the trail that circles the lake after paddling. Invasive species permit is required. http://www.dfw.state.or.us/conservationstrategy/invasive_species/quagga_zebra_mussel.asp
Directions: From Sandy: Follow Hwy. 26 two miles east of Government Camp to signs for Trillium Lake. Go south around two miles on Road 2656 and meet at the boat ramp in the day use area. Rental boards in PDX: http://www.gorgeperformance.com/html/rentals.html?no_redirect=true
Or in Government Camp: http://www.mthoodadventure.com/summer/paddle-boarding
Mt. Hood Adventure will deliver the board to Trillium Lake for you.