Ramblings of a Techno-Viking

Frog Lake

This summer I don't have the excuse of Internet connectivity problems, only being busy with my job of camp hosting at Frog Lake. The job is managing a 33-site campground, day use area, and cleaning the restrooms at the "sno-park" twice a week. They did supply a golf-cart so I could get around to all the places I needed to be.

When I arrived in late May, it was a nice sunny day. Two days later my motorhome had two inches of snow on it, which melted off in a few days. June was pretty calm, without the park being full. From July 4th to Labor Day, the park was full every weekend with the one exception being a very rainy day. September started out with busy weekends, but the rainy closing weekend only had one camper.

Frog Lake, near Mt Hood (in Oregon) is a small natural lake named after the hundreds of tiny frogs it has. At times, it is hard to walk to the lake without almost stepping on the 1/4" reptiles. The lake was stocked with trout several times while I was there, and fishing was very good at times. Boats are allowed, but motors are not. There is a boat ramp in the day use area. On clear days, Mt Hood can be seen over the lake from the south end. Only once did I see it still and clear enough to see a reflection of Mt Hood however.

The campground is 33 sites, 5 nonreserveable. It has three pairs of vault toilets and two hand-pump wells. Sites are $20/night, the day use area is $5/day. (The Northwest Forest Pass is accepted in the day use, but not the national passes.) Verizon and AT&T cell signals are marginal. To get any T-mobile signal I had to go back out to the highway.