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Blue Lake Nature and Culture Festival – Sept. 17
Celebrate the end of summer at Blue Lake Regional Park with face-painting, music and dance, a nature scavenger hunt, cultural activities and delicious international foods for sale.
Parking, $5/car or $7/bus. Free for pedestrians and cyclists.
Shuttle bus to and from park provided at select stops this day only.
Rent a boat, cast a line or go for a swim in the park’s namesake, a natural lake fed by underground springs. You can also explore a nature-themed playground, a ‘spray ground,’ a discovery garden, sports facilities and a wetland with a viewing platform and trail. Don’t miss the gold-level disc golf course.
See and do
- Rent paddle boats, rowboats and canoes from noon to 7 p.m. daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day when temperatures reach at least 70 degrees. Rentals might also be available before Memorial Day and on weekends after Labor Day during nice weather. For boating information, call 503-661-6087. (Please see below for guidelines on private watercraft.)
- Fish from the universally accessible pier. Be sure to follow all Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations; children younger than 13 don’t need a license.
- Learn to play disc golf – or polish your skills – on Blue Lake’s world-class, gold-level, 18-hole course.
- Reflect on the Chinook village that once occupied the shores of the Columbia River at the Nichaqwli sculptures, on the west end of the lake.
- Relax on the beach or swim in the lake. No children under 5, to help keep the water clean.
- Splash into an action-packed spray ground with colorful features that shower, gush, dump and pour water – open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. between May 1 and Sept. 30 when the temperature reaches 70 degrees.
- Walk, bike or romp at the playgrounds.
- Play basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer or horseshoes.
- Reserve the Lake House for a beautiful wedding, reception, recital, memorial service, corporate event or meeting.
- Have a picnic along the lake or make a reservation for a group of 25 or more. For picnic reservations, call 503-665-4995 option 0 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Share your time and make a difference at Metro parks by volunteering.
Know when you go
Free Metro Park Days 2016
Enjoy free parking at Oxbow and Blue Lake regional parks, Broughton Beach, M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp and Chinook Landing Marine Park on Feb. 15, April 22, May 21, June 18, July 7, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Nov. 25 and Dec. 23, 2016, and Jan. 16, 2017.
- Open from 8 a.m. to legal sunset.
- Parking fee is $5 per car, $7 per bus (free with annual pass).
- Closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year's.
- Children under 5 years are not allowed in the lake, but there is a water play area for all ages.
- Much of the park is wheelchair accessible, including the parking areas, restrooms, fishing dock, picnic areas, water spray ground, playgrounds, park paths, office, wetlands observation deck and trail loop.
- From October through April, you can use only a private fishing boat with horsepower less than 3.0 and shorter than 14 feet (17 feet for canoes) for the purpose of angling only. Private watercraft such as recreational boats, kayaks and paddleboards are not allowed on the lake anytime during the year.
- Dogs and other pets are not allowed, because they can damage sensitive habitat and threaten wildlife.
- Hunting is not allowed.
- Drones, model planes, model boats and other remote-controlled vehicles are not allowed.
- Geocaching is allowed with guidelines.
By bike: Use bike lanes east on Marine Drive to Blue Lake Road or east on Halsey to 223rd Avenue and follow the signs north to the park. Bicycles are welcome inside the park on paved paths.