Battle Ground Lake State Park, Battle Ground

Battle Ground Lake State Park is a publicly owned recreation area located approximately northeast of the city of Battle Ground, Washington. The state park's are centered on an ancient crater lake of volcanic origin. The park offers fishing and other water activities and is managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.HistoryThe park is the site of an ancient 400ft volcano in the Boring Lava Field where a magma-induced steam explosion made a large bean-shaped crater, a maar, which later filled with water, forming a crater lake.Battle Ground Lake was the site of a resort dating from the 1920s when a consortium of businessmen planned an upgrade that would include the addition of a dance hall, "swimming tanks," and amusements plus a power plant and electric lights. From 1964 to 1968, the resort was operated by Virgil Dollar, a member of the family for whom the nearby intersection of Dollars Corner was named. The state initiated acquisition of the site in 1965, with purchase for US$550,000 approved in 1966. At a meeting in 1970, the State Parks and Recreation Commission determined that "Battle Ground" should be spelled as two words in deference to the spelling of the nearby city.Activities and amenitiesThe park is covered by an evergreen forest and includes a swimming area, boat launch, campground, and cabin rentals. Hiking and bridle trails ring the lake and criss-cross the summit area. Rainbow trout and coastal cutthroat trout are stocked during late winter through spring. Largemouth bass, grass carp, and crappie are present, with trout fishing the main attraction for anglers, especially on opening day.
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  • This lake is a small caldera surrounded by a hiking trail and evergreen trees. No motorized boats are allowed. The park has a lovely campground with generous spaces and room between campsites. It also...  more »
  • Quiet for campers, with large sites nicely spaced, rustic and clean. Tall trees and good dappled light everywhere--you won't get a tan but you're not in a dark forest, either. The lake offers fishing....  more »
  • I like to have a little quiet time each year. I used to go camping, but I'm disabled now so I have to go "glamping". I'm new to the Portland/Vancouver area, so I used the Washington State Parks On-lin...  more »
  • Beautiful place with a big simple loop trail around the lake. There are some lumpy roots on the trail so probably best for ages 6 and above. This is a nice, classic, quintessential camping spot. We rented cabins. Doing it again, we will bring firewood, more ice/dry ice, and buy some wild caught salmon in a town nearby since we wanted to eat fish being by the water but didn't actually catch any.
  • I would give this a 4 star if it were not for the permanent residents. This beautiful setting with good camp spots and lovely cabins is walking distance from the lake. There are easy to moderate trails for walks after dinner. Our stay here was mostly quiet except for the times when feral children were roaming around screaming and yelling while their guardians where holed up in their RV. Upon a closer look it was obvious that there were families living in the campground.
  • Loved my vacation here. We stayed in a pet friendly cabin , super spacious , very quiet , and good amount of privacy. The restrooms and showers are small , showers take tokens for hot water are the only 2 minor set backs. Great views of the lake and good fishing.
  • Dock is beautiful and old wood! Great for photos. Wear boots in winter !
  • Kids had fun and that's all that I cared about they even had extra life jackets which was nice.

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