Battle Ground Lake State Park

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Battle Ground Lake State Park

Washington

(360) 902-8844

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Overview

Battle Ground Lake State Park is a camping park with 280 acres of beautiful, forested land in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. The lake itself is of volcanic origin and is considered to be a smaller version of Crater Lake in Oregon. The park is largely evergreen forest with trails around the lake. Annual average rainfall is 35 inches. The lake's origin is volcanic, and is believed to have been formed as a "Maar" volcano. This type of volcano is the result of hot lava or magma pushing up near the surface of the earth and then coming into contact with underground water. This is thought to have resulted in a large steam explosion, leaving a crater that later formed a lake. This area was named for a battle that settlers at Fort Vancouver expected to happen in 1855 between U.S. Army soldiers and some Klickitat Indians. The battle never occurred. Captain Strong, the post commander, allowed some Indians to leave the fort on the promise that they would return after burying their chief, who had been accidentally killed. Most fort residents believed a battle would ensue to get the Indians to return, and therefore dubbed the spot "Strong's Battle Ground." The Indians, true to their word, returned peacefully, but the name took hold. Later the area was simply referred to as "Battle Ground."

Map of Battle Ground Lake (WA)

Latitude, Longitude: 45.802119, -122.494469

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating is available. Please contact the main number for more information.

  • Bicycling

    The park does not have designated bike trails. Mountain bikers may use horse trails as long as they yield to horse riders.

  • Camping

    The park has 25 standard campsites, six hookups sites, four cabins, 15 primitive sites that require campers to hike .25 to .5 mile from the parking lot, one RV dump station, two restrooms and four showers. Maximum site length is 35 feet (may have limited availability). To make a reservation, visit online or call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

  • Fishing

    Freshwater fishing is available. The spring-fed lake is stocked with trout and is a favorite of anglers.

  • Hiking

    Ten miles of hiking trails are available.

  • Horseback Riding

    This park offers five miles of horse trails and a primitive equestrian camping area.

  • Picnicking

    Two kitchen shelters without electricity are available first come, first served year-round. Each accommodates about 20 people. There are 70 unsheltered picnic tables. The day-use restroom is ADA-compliant. One kitchen shelter with electricity is reservable. The facility accommodates 20 to 150 people. Fees vary, based on size of the group. To make a reservation, visit online or call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

  • Water Sports

    Swim Area Restriction: Children under the age of four are not allowed in the swim area.

Seasonality/Weather

Park hours/updates: Summer: 6:30 a.m. to dusk. Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk. The park is open year-round for camping and day use. Camping: Check-in time, 2:30 p.m. Check-out time, 1 p.m. Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Directions

Driving

Located 21 miles northeast of Vancouver, Wash., on the state's western side in Clark County. From I-5 northbound or southbound: Take exit #11 and drive east to Battle Ground. On the east end of town, turn left on N.E. Grace Ave. (just in front of a Foodliner Grocery). Follow the signs to the park, approximately three miles from the city of Battle Ground.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(360) 902-8844

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