Vancouver Lake Regional Park
This 190-acre regional park stretches for 2.5 miles along the west shore of Vancouver Lake. With 35 developed acres, visitors can enjoy picnicking, windsurfing and sand volleyball.
Vancouver Lake is great for beginning windsurfing, kayaking and canoeing and hosts many rowing competitions during the year.
Aside from guide dogs and service dogs, no domestic animals are allowed on the beach or surrounding turf area of Vancouver Lake Regional Park between April 1 and Oct. 31.
The park also serves as a haven for wildlife and migratory waterfowl. Visitors to the park can also enjoy views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens on clear days.
- 2 picnic shelters
- 24 barbecue grills
- 65 picnic tables
- 2 sand volleyball courts - nets are typically up May 15 to September 15
- 5 pieces of playground equipment
- 5 drinking fountains
- 3 restrooms
- 1.06 miles of asphalt path
- 0.7 miles of gravel/dirt path
- 147 parking spaces, plus 18 disabled parking stalls
7 a.m. to dusk
A 2.5-mile, 12-foot wide paved trail connects Vancouver Lake Regional Park with Frenchman's Bar Regional Park.
Vancouver Lake Regional Park has two picnic shelters that can seat 216 and 144 people and can be reserved for $100 a day. Each shelter can be divided in half, with a half shelter renting for $50 a day.
Picnic shelters at Vancouver Lake Regional Park can be reserved from Memorial Day weekend through September 30. The start date for shelter reservations is later than at other regional parks because the ground at Vancouver Lake Regional Park tends to remain rather soggy until the end of May.
There are a number of uncovered picnic areas that are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Other portions of the park may be available for weddings and other events on a case-by-case basis with an approved special use reservation. Air-inflated “bounce houses” are allowed with approved special use permits, but dunk tanks are not.
Swimming is allowed at Vancouver Lake Regional Park, but there are no lifeguards on duty. Park users swim at their own risk. Parents are urged to be vigilant watching children near the water.
Vancouver Lake periodically has been closed because of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) bloom. Because blue-green algae produces toxins that can be harmful to people and deadly for small pets that drink the water, the lake can be closed to swimming, wading, windsurfing and other uses.
Video: Solving the algae problem (15 minutes)
Vancouver Lake Watershed Partnership
The Vancouver Lake Watershed Partnership was formed in 2004 by Clark County, Port of Vancouver, City of Vancouver and Fruit Valley Neighborhood Association. The goal of the partnership is to bring together agencies and citizens to explore issues affecting Vancouver Lake, a regional recreational and environmental resource. Partnership-supported discussions and studies are aimed at understanding Vancouver Lake’s complex eco-system and factors regarding blue-green algae blooms in the lake.