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.
Enjoy your parks during the summer. Dogs are allowed in most parks, but be sure to comply with the county's leash and scoop laws. For more information, go to the off-leash dog parks webpage and watch this June 2018 CVTV video.
Otto Brown Neighborhood Park opens in Heritage neighborhood
Clark County had a casual Aug. 25 ribbon cutting at the park, located on the south side of Northeast 96th Street west of Northeast 162nd Avenue.
Most construction is complete at Otto Brown Neighborhood Park. A small amount of work remains, primarily establishing grass, which has been difficult due to the recent stretch of hot, dry weather.
Otto Brown is the 31st park Clark County has developed as part of the Greater Clark Parks District.
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.
Whipple Creek Park's dirt trails reopen to equestrians, mountain bikers
The primitive dirt trails at Whipple Creek Regional Park are open to all trail users.
For six months, the dirt trails were open only to hikers and joggers to preserve the trails during the rainy season. Equestrians and mountain bikers could continue using gravel trails at the 300-acre park, off Northeast 179th Street, during wet weather.
The park’s trails have been plagued by persistent heavy mud because of poor drainage, clay soils and steep slopes.
To improve trail conditions, volunteers have donated 7,600 hours during the past six years 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.
2018 parking passes available at three locations
Parking passes can be purchased at:
- 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 3 pm Monday through Friday.
- Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E Main St., 8 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday.
All three locations accept cash, checks, credit cards and debit cards, although the Permit Center charges a $2.95 fee for debit and credit card transactions.
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. Fee booth attendants accept cash, debit cards, Visa and MasterCard. No checks or Discover or American Express cards are accepted.
For more information, go to the parking fees webpage.
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