Blue Lake - Portland

Blue Lake

Blue Lake - Portland

Blue Lake - Portland

Blue Lake - Portland

A natural lake with the sand beach, roped-off swimming area, and a pier for fishing
The park features a large nature-themed playground, a discovery garden, and spray ground for kids

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 101-acre Blue Lake Regional Park near the Columbia River 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.

Blue Lake Park | General Description

Open: Year-round from 8am until legal sunset
Managed: Portland Metro Regional Park
Location: Columbia River Shore

Services: Drinking water, restrooms, playgrounds, garden, picnic sites, Lake House reservation for corporate events and meeting, boats and canoes rentals.
Activities: Swimming, boating, hiking, fishing, and playgrounds
Accommodations: No camping

Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: Yes or annual pass
Restrictions: Pets are not allowed; Kids under 5 years are not allowed in the lake
Popularity: High

Elevation: 30 ft (9 m)

Blue Lake Park is located:

  • 14 miles of Portland (downtown)
  • 60 miles north of Salem.

Friendly for family with kids

Swimming hole rating: 4 out of 5
Water body: Natural lake
Water quality: Transparent
Current: None
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: Sand
Water T° (summer): Warm

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.

Phone: 503-665-4995 option 0

Address: 20500 NE Marina Drive, Fairview, OR

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