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Blue Lake picnic reservations

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Enjoy your next company picnic or family gathering in a reservable picnic area at Blue Lake Regional Park.

Reservations for 2014

Metro is now taking picnic reservations for 2014. To make your reservation, call 503-665-4995, option 0. Leave a message with your name, daytime phone number, location and preferred dates.

Want to know where a picnic area is in relation to the lake or the nearest playground? View a map of Blue Lake Regional Park.

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Thinking of having a gathering at Metro's Blue Lake Regional Park? To find the perfect spot for your group, consider the following questions:

  • How large is your group?
  • Do you want a simple group of tables under the trees, an area with a canopy or a wooden shelter?
  • Do you want to be able to drink alcohol? See policy below
  • Do you want to use amplified sound? See policy below
  • Will you have a caterer or amusement provider? See policy below

Take a look at the following information to see which areas or shelters fit your needs. Then choose some possible dates for your event and call Sue Lowe at 503-665-4995 option 0 or email susan.lowe@oregonmetro.gov to check availability.

Reservations for Saturdays, Sundays and holidays are priced according to the "weekend fees" in the table below; reservations for non-holiday Mondays through Fridays are charged the "weekday fee."

picnic areascapacityweekend feeweekday feecoveralcohol w/ permit
Celilo Shelter A 60 $135 $50 wooden shelter yes
Celilo Shelter B 60 $135 $50 wooden shelter yes
Chinook Shelter A 125 $215 $50 wooden shelter yes
Chinook Shelter B 125 $215 $50 wooden shelter yes
Clatsop Shelter A 125 $215 $50 wooden shelter yes
Clatsop Shelter B 125 $215 $50 wooden shelter yes
Multnomah Shelter A 60 $135 $50 wooden shelter yes
Multnomah Shelter B 60 $135 $50 wooden shelter yes
Multnomah Shelter C 60 $135 $50 wooden shelter yes
Multnomah Shelter D 60 $135 $50 wooden shelter yes
Shahala Shelter A 125 $215 $50 wooden shelter yes
Shahala Shelter B 125 $215 $50 wooden shelter yes
Area Acapacityweekend feeweekday feecoveralcohol w/ permit
A-1 100 $65 $25 none yes
A-2 100 $65 $25 none yes
A-3 100 $65 $25 none no
A-4 100 $65 $25 none no
A-5 100 $65 $25 none no
A-6 100 $65 $25 none no
A-7 100 $65 $25 none no
Area Bcapacityweekend feeweekday feecoveralcohol w/ permit
B-1 200 $165 $50 none yes
B-2 50 $100 $50 canopy yes
B-3 50 $100 $50 canopy yes
Area Ccapacityweekend feeweekday feecoveralcohol w/ permit
C-1 50 $50 $25 none no
C-2 50 $50 $25 none no
C-3 50 $50 $25 none no
C-4 50 $50 $25 none no
C-5 50 $50 $25 none no
C-6 50 $50 $25 none no
C-7 50 $50 $25 none no
C-8 50 $50 $25 none no
C-9 50 $50 $25 none no
Area Dcapacityweekend feeweekday feecoveralcohol w/ permit
D-1 100 $120 $50 canopy no
D-2 50 $50 $25 none no
D-3 50 $50 $25 none no
D-4 50 $50 $25 none no
D-5 100 $65 $25 none no
D-6 50 $50 $25 none no
D-7 100 $65 $25 none no
D-8 50 $100 $50 canopy no
D-9 100 $65 $25 none no
D-10 50 $50 $25 none no
D-11 50 $50 $25 none no
D-12 50 $50 $25 none no
D-13 100 $120 $25 none no
Area Ecapacityweekend feeweekday feecoveralcohol w/ permit
E-1 50 $50 $25 none yes
E-2 50 $50 $25 none yes
E-3 50 $50 $25 none yes
E-4 50 $50 $25 none no

 

First-come, first-served sites

There are clusters of picnic tables in 10 areas along the shore of the lake that are free to use on a first-come, first-served basis. They are ideal for small, impromptu gatherings. If you have 25 people or more, you must reserve a picnic area.

Alcohol

Alcohol is allowed with a $255 permit fee and a reservation fee for a designated area. For more information, call Sue Lowe at 503-665-4995 option 0 or email susan.lowe@oregonmetro.gov.

Softball fields

Each reservation includes two hours on a softball field, which will be scheduled when you make your reservation. Additional hours determined on a first come, first served basis during unscheduled hours on day of picnic.

Amplified music or public address systems

You also must obtain a special-use permit (no charge) from the reservation office to use amplified sound. Amplified sound can be used only in the following areas:

  • all of Shahala Shelter (A and B) all of Clatsop Shelter (A and B)
  • all of Multnomah Shelter (A, B, C and D)
  • Chinook Shelter (A1-7)
  • Celilo Shelter  (D1-13)

Catering and amusement providers

Have your picnic or event Blue Lake Regional Park catered by an approved caterer or entertainment by an amusement provider (no personal inflatable equipment, dunk tanks, rock walls etc., allowed).

Metro regional parks have a new policy for approved caterers and entertainment providers. Any caterer/amusement provider is welcome at Blue Lake or Oxbow with the required permit. The customer is responsible for ensuring payment and insurance requirements are submitted to Metro within the required timelines.

To obtain a permit, you are required to provide a Certificate of Insurance to Metro. This certificate must cover the following:

  1. Insurance coverage shall be a minimum of $1,000,000 per occurrence.
  2. Broad form comprehensive general liability insurance covering personal injury, property damage and bodily injury with automatic coverage for premises and operation and produce liability. The policy must be endorsed with contractual liability coverage. Metro, its elected officials, departments, employees and agents shall be named as an additional insured.
  3. Vendor will be required to purchase and maintain $1,000,000 liquor liability insurance if vendor is serving and/or selling alcohol.
  4. Automobile bodily injury and property damage liability insurance. Metro, its elected officials, departments, employees and agents shall be named as an additional insured.

Fees are due when filing for this permit and will be paid on a flat rate basis depending on the amount of guests in your request. The fee schedule:

  • Groups of 0 to125 guests pay $75
  • Groups of 126 to 250 guests pay $125
  • Groups of 250 or more guests pay $200

The caterer/amusement provider holding the permit is responsible for setup, cleanup and takedown of equipment. Garbage receptacles are provided in the park.

Permit and Certificate of Insurance must be received no less than seven days in advance of your event or the caterer/amusement provider will not be allowed to set up.

Your reservation will not be confirmed until Metro receives your signed permit, Certificate of Insurance and payment.

Customer is responsible for ensuring flat rate payment and insurance requirements are submitted in accordance with the timelines identified.

For more information or to obtain a permit, call Sue Lowe at 503-665-4995 option 0 or email susan.lowe@oregonmetro.gov.

Vehicle fees

There is a vehicle fee of $5 per motorized vehicle and $7 per bus on all days. This fee is in addition to the reservation fees.

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Susan Lowe
503-665-4995
susan.lowe@oregonmetro.gov

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