Parks and Trails
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.
Find a park or trail
A-Z listing for county parks, trails and special facilities
Different types of parks (PDF)
Regional parks map (PDF)
Regional trails map (PDF)
Lewis River-Vancouver Lake Water Trail Guide (PDF)
Report a park maintenance concern
Report graffiti and other vandalism
Find parks with special features, such as off-leash dog parks, picnic shelters, boat launches and skate parks.
Have questions about parks?
Book picnic shelters
To use the system, go to the online reservations page and create an account. Once you are registered, click on the reservations button near the upper left corner of the screen to book a picnic shelter, reserve a sports field or view facility details. Picnic shelters can be reserved in five regional parks for events taking place May 1 through Sept. 30. More information is available on the picnic shelters page.
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 event requires exclusive use to ensure a particular facility is available and ready upon your arrival, a reservation is highly recommended.
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.
Projects and planning
Recently developed parks in Clark County are part of the Greater Clark Parks District, which voters in the unincorporated urban area outside the City of Vancouver approved in February 2005.
In addition, Clark County Public Works is overseeing the cleanup of Camp Bonneville, with the ultimate goal of using a portion of the former U.S. Army military post as a regional park.
Parks Advisory Board
A seven-member board meets monthly to advise the Board of County Councilors on park issues.
Park impact fee balances
Clark County primarily relies on park impact fees to pay for purchasing land for new parks and developing new parks. Park impact fees are collected when new residential housing is built. They must be spent within the district in which they are collected.
The county collects two park impact fees, one for land acquisition and one for park development. Prior to 2014, these fees were deposited into separate accounts for each district. After that date, park impact fees were deposited into combined accounts for each district. Money from these combined accounts can be spent on either land acquisition or park development.
A park is developed when the county owns the land, has sufficient funds to pay for construction and has ongoing revenue to maintain the park.
- Map showing park impact fee districts (PDF)
- Chart showing park impact fee fund balances, as of Sept. 30, 2015 (PDF)
- Park impact fees 101: A three-page summary (PDF)
Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan
The Board of County Councilors voted unanimously on Sept. 22, 2015, to adopt the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan, which is designed to meet future parks needs in unincorporated Clark County.