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. Learn more about Vancouver Lake Rowing Club, a non-profit youth, collegiate and masters rowing club.
The park also serves as a haven for wildlife and migratory waterfowl. Visitors to the park can also enjoy views of Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams on clear days. 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.
Vancouver Lake At-A-Glance
- 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
7:00 am – Dusk
Clark County Parks charges parking fees year-round at Vancouver Lake Regional Park. Daily parking fees are:
- $2 for motorcycles
- $3 for cars
- $6 for cars with trailers
- $8 for buses or motor homes
These are parking fees, not entrance fees. There is no charge for people who walk or bicycle into Vancouver Lake Regional Park. During the busy season, parking fees are collected from a fee booth and a parking meter. When the fee booths are not staffed, park users need to use the parking meter. Both fee booths and self-pay stations accept cash, coin, debit cards, Visa and Mastercard. They do not accept checks, Discover or American Express cards.
Frequent park users can save money by purchasing annual parking passes, which are valid at the four regional parks charging parking fees: Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park, Lewisville Regional Park, Salmon Creek Regional Park/Klineline Pond and Vancouver Lake Regional Park.
For 2020, annual parking passes cost $30. Go to the parking fees webpage for information on how to purchase annual parking passes or click here to purchase a parking pass online. Under Clark County Code, parking a vehicle without paying the required daily fee or displaying a valid parking pass could result in a $40 fine.
Carp in Vancouver Lake & Columbia River
In 2021, Friends of Vancouver Lake will contract with commercial fishermen to net common carp on Vancouver Lake. The effort is aimed at reducing the large population of common carp that impair water quality at the lake by stirring up lake bed sediments contributing to turbidity and harmful algae blooms.
The common carp is regarded as a pest fish because of its widespread abundance and because of its tendency to destroy vegetation and increase water turbidity by dislodging plants and rooting around in the substrate, causing a deterioration of habitat for species requiring vegetation and clean water (Cole 1905; Cahoon 1953; Bellrichard 1996; Laird and Page 1996).