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 a 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
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
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.