Clark County Parks
Whether you are planning a family picnic, hiking with friends or just craving some solitude in a magnificent setting, Clark County's many parks and trails can provide a great outdoor experience.
Clark County Parks can be reached by phone, 360.397.2285, and email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help us shape the future for the 78th Street Heritage Farm
The 78th Street Heritage Farm in Hazel Dell has a rich history that dates back nearly 150 years to the 1870s, when Clark County started operating a poor farm along the south side of Northeast 78th Street in Hazel Dell.
In 2010, Clark County adopted a master plan that commits the county to preserve the property’s agricultural heritage and history as a poor farm and to encourage use of its agricultural, historical and educational amenities.
During 2019, the county will update this master plan. County residents are encouraged to participate early in this process by taking an online survey that asks for input on how they would like to see the property used. Please take the survey no later than Friday, March 15, 2019.
The master plan update will:
- Review changes to the property since the master plan was adopted and incorporate those changes into the master plan.
- Review, validate and potentially revise components in the master plan that have not yet been implemented.
- Review priorities for the farm’s future use without modifying the master plan’s vision and guiding principles (PDF).
For more information, visit the Heritage Farm's master plan update webpage and watch this CVTV video from February 2019.
Some trails at Whipple Creek Regional Park restricted to foot traffic only
Clark County Parks has seasonal trail restrictions in place at Whipple Creek Regional Park to preserve the park’s natural surface trails.
This is the second year the county has restricted access on the park’s dirt trails, which can be muddy due to poor drainage, clay soils and steep slopes.
Since 2010, the Whipple Creek Restoration Committee and community volunteers have donated more than 8,500 hours to build reroutes, improve drainage and spread gravel across the park’s main trails, making them accessible year-round. Volunteers also realigned and restored a series of natural surface trails.
Clark County Parks has posted signs at main entrances to Whipple Creek Regional Park explaining the seasonal closures and displaying a map of the park’s gravel and dirt, or primitive, trails. Signs also are posted at each dirt trail entrance reminding users the trail is open only to foot traffic during wet weather.
The county’s decision last year to restrict access to some trails yielded positive results. Volunteers did not need to do as much maintenance, and the recreational experience was improved for all trails users since there was less mud.
Following restrictions during the last rainy season, dirt trails at Whipple Creek Regional Park were opened to all users in mid-May of this year.
Annual pass holders will save money if they visit just one of the four regional parks once a month during the year.
Annual passes can be purchased for $30 and are good for the calendar year, not for the 12-month period following the sale.
2019 parking passes can be purchased online or at three locations:
- Clark County 78th Street Operations Center, Building A, 4700 NE 78th St. 7 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.
- Clark County Permit Center, first floor, Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday.
- Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E Main St. 8 am to 4 pm Monday and 8 am to 3 pm Tuesday through Friday.
All three locations accept cash, checks, credit cards and debit cards. The Permit Center and Battle Ground Community Center charges a service fee for debit and credit card transactions. Online purchasers can use either Visa or Mastercard.
Annual passes are good for the calendar year, not for the 12-month period following the sale.
Daily parking fees are $2 for motorcycles, $3 for vehicles, $6 for vehicles with trailers and $8 for buses or motor homes. Annual pass holders will save money if they visit just one of the four parks once a month during 2018.
Daily parking fees are collected at fee booths, typically from May 1 through Sept. 30, and during busy off-season events. When fee booths are not staffed, park users need to use self-pay stations.
Both fee booths and self-pay stations accept cash, coin, debit cards, Visa and Mastercard. They do not accept checks, Discover or American Express cards.
For more information, go to the parking fees webpage.
Lacamas Regional Park trail designated for one-way downhill trail for mountain bikes
A dirt trail at Lacamas Regional Park will be closed to foot traffic and become a one-way downhill trail for mountain bikers. The 297-acre regional park is home to more than 12 miles of trails.
The trail, unofficially known as Red Tape, is a 0.6 mile long winding, steep trail in the eastern section of the park. Designating the trail for one-way bike-only use will improve the safety at the park.
Multiple user groups participated in a 2016 trail study at the park. Two open houses were held to receive public feedback. The park’s trails were evaluated, and Red Tape was identified as the most popular mountain bike trail.
Clark County does not offer a bike-only trail at any other park. County residents advocated for such a trail during development of the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan, which was adopted in September 2015.
This is not the only trail at Lacamas Park with user restrictions. The Lily Field loop, located in the north section of the park, is open to foot traffic only.
Signage will be installed in the next two weeks. Although park users are expected to comply with the restriction for safety reasons, there will be no official enforcement of the new trail designation.
Learn about how Clark County takes care of your parks
Watch this August 2017 CVTV video about park maintenance.
The following links are for some of the most popular services offered by Clark County Parks. Many of these services also can be accessed using the left-hand menu.
View an A-Z listing of county parks and trails, along with a map showing Clark County and City of Vancouver parks.
- Different types of county parks (PDF)
- Clark County trails map (PDF)
- Find a natural area - Legacy Lands
Looking for something specific? Find parks with special features, such as off-leash dog areas, picnic shelters, boat launches, skate spots, trails and other amenities.
Picnic shelters can be reserved in five regional parks and six community parks for events taking place May 1 through Sept. 30.
The one exception is at Vancouver Lake Regional Park, where picnic shelters can be reserved from Memorial Day weekend through Sept. 30. The ground at Vancouver Lake Regional Park tends to remain soggy until the end of May.
You will need to create an account to use the system. Frequently asked questions about online registration can be found at the bottom of the online reservations page.
Once you are registered, click on the reservations button near the upper left corner of the page to book a picnic shelter.
Reservations are not required for non-exclusive use of parks facilities. They are available free of charge, on a first-come, first served basis, unless the facility is reserved for exclusive use for a special event. If your special event requires exclusive use to ensure a particular facility is available and ready upon your arrival, a reservation is highly recommended. Reservations help county parks staff coordinate with other events to ensure your exclusive use and provide adequate information to properly prepare for the event.
Not sure if you can bring your dog? You can find useful information by visiting the parks rules page and reviewing frequently asked questions, both of which provide tips for enjoying your county parks.
Recently developed parks in Clark County are part of the Greater Clark Parks District program, which voters in the unincorporated urban area outside the City of Vancouver approved in February 2005. Since 2005, Clark County Public Works has completed 31 parks and 26 sports fields inside the district.
Volunteers are vital to the success of the county’s commitment to keep parks open and well-maintained for all to enjoy.
Not only do volunteers provide invaluable support, but they also bring new ideas, energy, and a community perspective to the future of parks.
Need more information?
Clark County Parks
4700 NE 78th St.
Vancouver, WA 98665