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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TripAdvisor
  • Love to fish there. Great trails surrounding the lake. Great little boat ramp. Motorized boats not advised. Great day camp.  more »
  • This park is set up to make your trail riding experience great. Soft, cleared and wide trails meandering among the cedars & firs. We enjoyed galloping the horses through the mowed meadow and enjoyed t...  more »
  • Stocked with fish, clean swimming area and the docks are up to date and perfect for fishing. Plus great equestrian areas.  more »
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  • Always love going here. The trail around the lake is fun to walk around. Campsites and decently sized and i love the bathrooms by the lake.
  • This is a beautiful lake to hike around. Once I'm really on the trail and away from the main gathering area, it's easy to feel removed from normal daily life. The lake offers a peaceful and rewarding hike.
  • Went camping here over the weekend; the campsites were decent and had access to outhouses & faucets. Good access to the lake with a couple easily-accessible small beach areas and wheelbarrows for hauling junk back and forth. Not much in the way of hiking trails though.
  • This park is a gem for locals and visitors alike! The camping must be great, it's just too close to home for me to go there other than for day use.
  • Wether your going for the day or camping for a few, this park offers amazing views and amenities for everyone. My son and I stayed in one of the primitive camp sites during an overnight backpacking trip. We fished, hiked and even played at the playground for a bit. Since the park is only 30 min from our home, we bring our whole family several times a year and have been coming for years.