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Volcano Country Region
Battle Ground State Park
BATTLE GROUND STATE PARK
BATTLE GROUND STATE PARK
18002 N.E. 249th St.
Battle Ground, Washington   98604

Toll Free: 360-902-8844
Reservations: 888-226-7688
Battle Ground Lake State Park is a camping park with 280 acres of beautiful, forested land in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. The lake itself is of volcanic origin and is considered to be a smaller version of Crater Lake in Oregon.

This park offers five miles of horse trails and a primitive equestrian camping area. The spring-fed lake is stocked with trout and is a favorite of anglers. The lake is said to be a "miniature version" of Oregon's Crater Lake.

Summer: 6:30 a.m. to dusk.Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk.

The park is open year round for camping and day use.

Camping:Check-in time, 2:30 p.m.Check-out time, 1 p.m.Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Nature of the Area
Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life. Chipmunks. Coyotes. Deer or Elk. Foxes. Rabbits. Raccoons. Skunks. Squirrels . Crows or Ravens. Ducks. Geese. Hawks. Herons. Jays. Ospreys. Owls. Woodpeckers . Bass. Catfish. Trout

Environmental FeaturesPhysical Features The park is largely evergreen forest with trails around the lake. Annual average rainfall is 35 inches. The lake's origin is volcanic, and is believed to have been formed as a "Maar" volcano. This type of volcano is the result of hot lava or magma pushing up near the surface of the earth and then coming into contact with underground water. This is thought to have resulted in a large steam explosion, leaving a crater that later formed a lake. . Cedar. Douglas Fir. Hemlock. Alder. Apple. Cherry. Maple. Oak. Daisy. Lupines. Berries. Ferns. Moss or Lichens. Thistle
History of the Area
This area was named for a battle that settlers at Fort Vancouver expected to happen in 1855 between U.S. Army soldiers and some Klickitat Indians. The battle never occurred.

Captain Strong, the post commander, allowed some Indians to leave the fort on the promise that they would return after burying their chief, who had been accidently killed. Most fort residents believed a battle would ensue to get the Indians to return, and therefore dubbed the spot "Strong's Battle Ground." The Indians, true to their word, returned peacefully, but the name took hold. Later the area was simply referred to as "Battle Ground."
Cabins
Four cabins are reservable year-round. Each sleeps four and is equipped with heat and lights, bunk-beds, a futon bed, a picnic table and a porch with a grill. A utility hookup and water are outside, and restrooms with showers are nearby. Bring your own bedding. For reservations, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.
Camping
The park has 25 standard campsites, six hookups sites, four cabins, 15 primitive sites that require campers to hike .25 to .5 mile from the parking lot, one RV dump station, two restrooms and four showers. Maximum site length is 35 feet (may have limited availability).

Group Accommodations:

Group camp has four adirondack (three-sided) shelters that each sleep eight people. The camp offers a covered cooking and meeting area, a group fire ring, room for 32 people in tents and two pit toilets. Due to a small, unlevel parking area, RVs are not allowed in this camp. There is a minimum group size of 25 people.


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Picnicking
Two kitchen shelters without electricity are available first-come, first-served year-round. Each accommodates about 20 people. There are 70 unsheltered picnic tables. The day-use restroom is ADA-compliant.
Nature Programs
An interpretive program is offered every Saturday from mid-June through Labor Day. This evening program includes night sky interpretation with a telescope, slide shows and guest speakers. There is a self-guided nature trail in the park.
Area Attractions
Trails Water Activities Other. 10 mi. Hiking Trails. 5 mi. Bike Trails. 5 mi. Horse Trails . Boating (freshwater, non-motorized). 1 boat ramp (freshwater). 60 feet of dock (freshwater). Fishing (freshwater). Swimming (freshwater). Diving . 1 Badminton area. 1 Baseball Field. Bird Watching. 1 Fire Circle. 2 Horseshoe pits. Interpretive Activities. Mountain Biking. 1 Softball Field. 1 Volleyball Field. Wildlife Viewing

The sports field has room for soccer but no goal posts. There are movable poles for badminton or volleyball. Groups provide net and ball or shuttlecock.

The park does not have designated bike trails. Mountain bikers may use horse trails as long as they yield to horse riders.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 3 Good Family Location by Charlie
Good place to hold a family event. Close to Vancouver.
April 24 Nice Lake with hiking trails by jasonpdx1974
We love camping in the walk in sites with large old growth trees and a lot of privacy.


Area Campgrounds

Vancouver RV Park
7603 NE 13th Avenue
Vancouver, WA
360-695-1158


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Oregon Beach Vacations - Lincoln City, ORCottages and Cabins
Oregon Beach Vacations chooses our Oregon vacation rentals very carefully. Each home is personally screened prior to acceptance, and we work closely with the property owners to ensure that every Oregon coast rental continues to meet our high standards. Each rental has certain amenities to make it special. You may never want to leave
Web Site: oregonbeachvacations.com
89.1 miles from park*
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Directions
Located 21 miles northeast of Vancouver, Wash., on the state's western side in Clark County.

From I-5 northbound or southbound: Take exit #11 and drive east to Battle Ground. On the east end of town, turn left on N.E. Grace Ave. (just in front of a Foodliner Grocery). Follow the signs to the park, approximately three miles from the city of Battle Ground.

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Volcano Country Region
Battle Ground State Park
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