A water filled volcanic crater, Battle Ground Lake has been a favorite spot for swimming, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and camping for over a hundred years. Formerly the site of a private resort, Battle Ground Lake State Park is now a favorite spot for area families and fishermen.
Just outside the town of Battle Ground, and a short drive from I-5 and I-205, this State Park and campground are open year round for simple day use visits, and longer RV and tent camping stays. The heavily wooded park is ringed by trails, half designated for horseback riding, and half for hikers.
Two loop trails ring the lake directly, and are a popular stop for on-leash dog walkers, as well as mountain bike riders. Though swimmers can make the park a bit noisy on summer weekends, by fall the entire place feels deserted, and hikers often happen upon birds, deer, and other wildlife while rounding the lake.
The small campground does offer six RV capable sites with power and water. Showers and a dump station invite visitors for longer stays in the park.
The lake has been stocked with fish for generations, and has become a very popular spot for trout fishing in the fall and winter. Non-motorized boats are welcome on the lake, with a 60 foot boat dock and small boat launch available.
In summer, the swim area and day use picnic spots see lots of families with kids. The water is shallow and warms up nicely in stretches of sunny weather. Giant logs are often drifting by the shore, and keep the kids entertained for hours. Large sandy and grassy areas adjoin the lake so that parents can comfortably keep an eye on those in the water, as well as dry off in the sun before taking off.
Just minutes away from major shopping and dining options in Battle Ground, and easily accessible from I-5, Battle Ground Lake SP is suitable for small trailers and RVs. Because there are only six sites with power, reserving well in advance is recommended.
The small campground offers 25 standard campsites, and six additional that have power and water for RVs up to 35 feet long. The other 15 sites are primitive walk-in sites. There are full restrooms, coin showers, drinking water, and a dump station. There are picnic tables, fire rings, some covered day-use shelters, and a play area in addition to the swim area and boat launch at the lake.
Battle Ground Lake is an idyllic small lake for completely still mornings and evenings with a fishing pole. The lake has been stocked with fish for over 100 years, and is well known as a productive spot for large Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Bass, and Crappie. Two pole fishing is allowed, and the best fishing runs November through April. There is a dock and a little bit of shore, but small non-motorized boats are your best bet. Check with WDFW for regulations.
The woods around Battle Ground Lake are very scenic, and there is great access via two adjoining loop trails. Each trail loops the lake in about one and a half miles. One trail stays close to the shore, and navigates rocks, tree roots, and logs while providing lots of nice views of the lake. The second loop stays higher on the hillsides above the lake, and is a little more exercise that the first. Both are popular with families and on-leash dog walkers all year round. Because of the obstacles, little ones will probably need to be carried.
A beautiful place to ride horses. Several miles of the park's trails covering the entire perimeter are designated for equestrian use. The park has two reservable horse campsites located in the secluded northwest corner of the park. The horse camps, although primitive, feature four 2-stall corrals, water, one chemical toilet, fire rings and four picnic tables. The equestrian camp needs to be reserved in advance.
With an inviting sandy area close to the water, and a large grassy section above, the swim area at Battle Ground Lake is pretty close to perfect. The water is fairly shallow by the shore, and drops off very gradually. The lake is a popular swim spot with families and kids looking to cool off from Battle Ground and Vancouver when the heat and humidity pick up. Giant logs floating in the lake keep the kids entertained all day while you read a book on the grass - a perfect summer day.
Battle Ground Lake State Park is a perfect place to hang out even if you don't have a reservation to stay overnight at the campground. There are picnic tables and fire rings, some of which are even covered, scattered throughout the park. Large grassy areas, the swim beach, a boat dock, and the playground all combine to make this a great place to come for the day. A giant kitchen shelter is available to reserve for special occasions and parties.
The loop trails will take you into the heavily wooded backside of the lake where you're bound to see and hear the forest and the lake come to life. A large variety of birds, such as woodpeckers, owls, and herons make their home in the park. Lots of small furry animals can be seen. Squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, and raccoons make their presence known here. Early morning hikers usually get the best chance at seeing animals in the woods.