For a puptastic day out with your adventure dog, head to the Vancouver Lake Regional Park's 190 acres where outdoor activities abound! Spanning 2.5 miles along gorgeous Vancouver Lake, this park is an ideal location for swimming, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, or basking in the sun on a warm, summer afternoon with your favorite doggo by your side.
The lake is a pawfect place to relax, and is known for its many rowing competitions held there throughout the year. If you've got your pup with you, keep in mind that dogs are not allowed on the beach or the surrounding grassy areas from April 1st to October 31st. During the off season from November 1st to March 31st, your dog is welcome to join you on leash in these areas.
The rest of this pawrific park allows leashed dogs year round, and there's lots to see! This park is abundant in a great variety of wildlife and migratory waterfowl, and features extraordinary views of Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams. Take a walk on the trails that stretch just under two miles, and feature a mix of paved, gravel and dirt paths. For the more serious hikers, check out the 2.5 mile paved trail that connects the Vancouver Lake Regional Park to the nearby Frenchman's Bar Regional Park.
Have an outdoor meal or snack at one of the many picnic tables, or at the picnic pavilions complete with grills. There's a playground for the kids, and volleyball nets are set up from May to September. Restrooms are available for the humans, but be sure to bring clean-up bags and pick up after your pup. Drinking fountains are also on site, so bring a bottle and a bowl for your dog's convenience.
Parking for the Vancouver Lake Regional Park costs $3 daily for cars, but those who walk or bike in can enter for free. Annual parking passes are available for $30 that allow access to this, and 3 other nearby parks. Be sure to have a valid license tag on your pup, per Washington state law. And while swimming is allowed at Vancouver Lake, it may be prohibited from time to time due to unsafe levels of algae.
For a woofderful day in the outdoors of pawmazing Washington, check out the Vancouver Lake Regional Park with your pup today!