As the summer heat descends upon Oregon, we all begin to long for a fun day out by the water; however, having younger kids makes this really complicated. If you are looking for a day-long adventure by the water with your little ones, then Blue Lake Regional Park is the destination for you.
While this destination has something for everyone, it also features a gigantic playground made just for kids. Let your kids revel in a day full of frolic with a large nature-themed playground, a discovery garden, and even a spray ground. Beautiful water lilies and pink lotus bloom on the Blue Lake in the summer. If you do not have kids, or even if you just want some grown-up fun, Blue Lake also offers paddle boats, canoes, and rowboats for rent.
This summer spot also boasts of a gold-level, world-class, 18-hole disc golf course. As an alternative, you could also enjoy trout fishing, take a refreshing dip in the lake, relax on the beach or partake in sports such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball or even horseshoes.
Furthermore, if you are on the hunt for a beautiful wedding destination or even a location for a recital or a reception, then look no further than the Lake House. With all the beautiful scenic beauty all around, there really is no better option. There is no need to look beyond the Blue Lake for a relaxing summer day out - there really is something for everyone at the Blue Lake Recreational Area.
Access allowed: All year from 8 a.m. until legal sunset
Walking distance: Short
Day-use fees: $5 per car or $7 per bus per day
Dogs: Not allowed
Pets are not allowed.
Kids under 5 years are not allowed in the lake
Location: Blue Lake Regional Park
GPS coordinates: 45.555641, -122.445
Elevation: 30 ft (9 m)
Blue Lake is located:
- 14 miles of Portland (downtown)
- 60 miles north of Salem.
Address: 20500 NE Marina Drive, Fairview, OR
Phone: 503-665-4995 option 0
Directions to Blue Lake
- Follow I-5 and then I-205 to NE 181st Avenue in Gresham
- Take exit 13 from I-84 E/US-30 East toward The Dalles
- Take NE 185th Drive and NE Marine Drive to NE Blue Lake Road in Fairview.
Body of water: Natural lake
Water quality: Transparent
Depth: Deep and shallow
Water T° (summer): Warm
Lake House reservation for corporate events or meetings
Paddle boats, rowboats, and canoes for rent