New seasonal hours
Blue Lake is open 7 days per week.
May 1 through Sept. 14
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sept. 15 through Oct. 31
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Nov. 1 through March 14
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 15 through April 30
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Free Metro Parking Days 2022
Enjoy free parking at Blue Lake and Oxbow regional parks and Chinook Landing and M. James Gleason Memorial boat ramps on Jan. 1, 17, 20; Feb. 17 and 21; March 17; April 21; May 19; June 16, 19; July 15; Aug. 18; Sept. 15; Oct. 10, 20; Nov. 11, 17 and 25; and Dec. 15.
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 ‘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
- Fish from the lake shoreline. Be sure to follow all Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations; children younger than 12 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 shoreline.
- 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. from Memorial Day to Labor Day when the temperature reaches 70 degrees.
- Walk, bike or romp at the playgrounds.
- Play basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer or horseshoes.
- Have a picnic along the lake or make a reservation for a group of 25 or more. For picnic reservations, call 503-665-4995 or email [email protected].
- The Lake House is closed until further notice.
Know when you go
- Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Parking fee is $5 per car, $7 per bus (free with annual parking pass).
- 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, private boats with horsepower less than 3.0 and shorter than 14 feet (17 feet for canoes and kayaks) are allowed at Blue Lake. They are not allowed May through September. Paddleboats, inflatable floatation devices and other recreational devices are not allowed in the lake at any time.
- 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.
- During inclement weather, please check oregonmetro.gov/parks for information about any closures.
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.