Battle Ground Lake State Park, Battle Ground

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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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  • Took a rainy day ride to the lake and enjoyed the peace of watching families fish off the dock. They have a nice little camp ground with spots large enough for motorhomes along with tent camping. Seem...  more »
  • There were several logs in the deep end of the lake, and we were able to swim all the way over to it. After getting on, my friends and I took turns doing dives into the water. Really fun!  more »
  • Love to fish there. Great trails surrounding the lake. Great little boat ramp. Motorized boats not advised. Great day camp.  more »
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  • This is by far one of the most gorgeous and well kept parks that I have ever visited. It is Washington though, so be prepared to get a little mud on your feet if you're going to walk around the lake at all. The fishing is great. The trout love the rainbow powerbait.
  • I stayed at a cabin here ..and have done so several times. They are great. The bathrooms are clean although I wouldn't use their showers... but that's just me. The lake is beautiful, has a nice spot to swim for kids and has a trail that leads all the way around the water. Also includes trails that take you off into random places ( I'll admit...I was pleasantly lost for awhile). I will be coming back. Again :)
  • No way to reserve ANY site during the summer! It's booked until after Labor Day when the kids go back ro school. Fishing is virtually impossible unless you go really early in the morning, or just before sunset. During the Fall it's not bad. Fishimg is good, and it's first come, first get on the campsites. Campground is clean and quite durimg the Fall, bit noisy and crowded during the day in Summer. Campground host is there, along with an armed park ranger that comes by a couple of times during the day.
  • Park was clean, as described by others. Nice playground. The walk around the lake was easy, except for it being muddy and slippery this time of year (April 2017). We stayed in cabin. The reservation fee of $8 was excessive. The beds were comfortable: One full size futon and a twin over full bunk. Heater worked well, our campsite was nice. The shower coin thing is annoying, especially since you have to go all the way back to the front of the park to get coins for it. I don't know how often they clean it, either. I didn't shower because we only stayed one night. But, I did use the stall to change my clothes and there was mud on the wall that was still there when we checked out the next day. One of the 2 sinks in the ladies room (camping area) was broken. I saw fishermen at the lake, and ducks, and one small motorboat. The store never opened and the bathrooms by the lake were locked up/couldn't use them. I don't know when they open up for summer. The campground was mostly quiet, except for my kids. :-)
  • Love the out doors... They have camping, swimming, hiking and so much more more to do... Enjoy