Bennington Lake - Mill Creek

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Bennington Lake - Mill Creek

Washington

(509) 527-7160

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Overview

Visit the three recreation areas located within Mill Creek: Bennington Lake, the Mill Creek Recreation Trail, and Rooks Park. Bennington Lake is located in southeastern Washington minutes from historic downtown Walla Walla, Washington's oldest city. Mill Creek consists of 612 acres and is the largest tract of public land in the Walla Walla Valley. Enjoy beautiful views of the northern Blue Mountains and the open space surrounding the Lake. Bennington Lake, while small, offers plenty of fun, safe, and relaxing times. Fishing, hunting, horseback riding, day hiking, and wildlife viewing are some of the popular recreation opportunities available. Walk, roller blade, or ride a bicycle on the paved path along Mill Creek or have a picnic at Rooks Park. Tour local wineries and taste the world famous Walla Walla Sweet Onions (summers only). Take a short trip to the Whitman Mission National Historic Site and Interpretive Center just west of Walla Walla along Highway 12. There are no camping facilities at Bennington Lake. Gasoline powered motors are not allowed on the lake. Walla Walla provides many amenities with interesting features and cultural activities to enjoy. A water resource development completed in 1942 after a history of damaging floods in the Walla Walla Valley, Mill Creek is currently managed to provide flood control, outdoor recreation, and natural resource stewardship. The paved Mill Creek Recreation Trail follows Mill Creek from the city of Walla Walla to Rooks Park, forming part of a network of over 20 miles of multiple purpose trails. Rooks Park is a developed day-use area offering a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The park consists of large open spaces as well as small, secluded areas for large and small groups alike. Large trees and irrigated lawns offer shade and relief from Walla Walla's hot summer days, lending fun-seekers ideal spots to bring the family for a picnic, a game of volleyball or football, throw a softball or Frisbee, or just to cool their feet in the creek. Picnic tables, the volleyball court, and all playground equipment and open spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Map of Bennington Lake - Mill Creek

Latitude, Longitude: 46.065370, -118.260441

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating is not permitted.

  • Bicycling

    Please contact the park for information on available bike trails.

  • Fishing

    Bennington Lake is the only public lake in the Walla Walla Valley, covering approximately 52 surface acres at the spring recreation level. Throughout the spring, the lake is stocked with rainbow trout to enhance fishing. Please remember that internal combustion engines are not allowed on the lake; however electric trolling motors are permitted.

  • Hiking

    The paved Mill Creek Recreation Trail follows Mill Creek from the city of Walla Walla to Rooks Park, forming part of a network of over 20 miles of multiple purpose trails. Parking as well as access to these trails can be found at Rooks Park, Bennington Lake, and the Mill Creek Office.

  • Horseback Riding

    Please contact the park for information on horseback riding in the park.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is not permitted.

  • Picnicking

    Rooks Park is a developed day-use area offering a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The park consists of large open spaces as well as small, secluded areas for large and small groups alike. Large trees and irrigated lawns offer shade and relief from Walla Walla's hot summer days, lending fun-seekers ideal spots to bring the family for a picnic, a game of volleyball or football, throw a softball or Frisbee, or just to cool their feet in the creek. Picnic tables, the volleyball court, and all playground equipment and open spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Seasonality/Weather

Bennington Lake near Walla Walla Washington, is available year round for boating, fishing, hiking, picnicking or just walking in the scenic open spaces. Nearby Rooks Park is open from 7:00 a.m. to Sunset daily.

Directions

Driving

Immediately east of Walla Walla, Washington. From Highway 12 follow the sign directions pointing the way to Bennington Lake.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(509) 527-7160

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