Salmon Creek Regional Park/Klineline Pond is a popular spot, with a bathhouse, roped swimming areas, observation platforms and a lifejacket loaner station.
The park also features 35 acres of developed parkland and 368 acres of undeveloped green space. It also backs up to the Salmon Creek Sports Association Complex, home of the Vancouver Girls Softball Association.
1112 N.E. 117th St., Vancouver, WA
7 a.m. to dusk
Klineline Pond is the only location where Clark County provides lifeguards, typically from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, July 1 through Labor Day.
It’s important to remember that lifeguards are not a panacea. Park users are urged to follow the buddy system when swimming. In addition, parents of young children should be particularly vigilant.
Please observe the following rules when using Klineline Pond:
- No pets are allowed in the water on or the pond’s sand and turf areas.
- No boats or kayaks are allowed on the pond.
- No abusing docks, ropes, buoys and pilings.
Salmon Creek Greenway and Trail
This urban greenway runs along Salmon Creek between Lake River in Felida and Salmon Creek Regional Park/Klineline Pond in Hazel Dell. It includes bottomlands, wetlands and forested hillsides on both sides of Salmon Creek and the north end of Cougar Creek.
Despite the urban setting, the greenway is extensively used by wildlife, including migratory waterfowl and other birds, deer, coyotes, rabbits, opossums, raccoons and beavers.
A 3-mile-long multiuse paved trail (PDF) extends through a portion of the greenway between Salmon Creek Regional Park/Klineline Pond and Northwest 36th Avenue in Felida. The trail is relatively flat, except for a slope up to Northwest 36th Avenue.
Besides the trailhead in Salmon Creek Regional Park, the trail also can be accessed at the parking lot near the Vancouver Girls Softball fields (restrooms at this location) off of Northeast Hazel Dell Avenue. Access to Cougar Creek Trail is available near the mid-point of the Salmon Creek trail. Look for the stairs up the hill, past the picnic table.
Habitat restoration efforts along Salmon Creek are coordinated through a partnership with the Clark Public Utilities. Volunteer opportunities for plantings are available by visiting Clark Public Utilities’ website.
Salmon Creek Regional Park has two reservable shelters. Each shelter seats 50 people and each rents for $50 a day.
Other portions of the park may be available for weddings and other events with an approved special use permit. Air-inflated “bounce houses” are allowed with approved special use permits, but dunk tanks are not.