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Battle Ground Lake State Park
Northeast of Vancouver, WA

This park offers five miles of horse trails and a primitive equestrian camping area. The spring-fed lake is stocked with trout and is a favorite of anglers. The lake is said to be a "miniature version" of Oregon's Crater Lake.

Location

21 miles northeast of Vancouver, WA.

Battle Ground Lake State Park - Daffodil Valley Times

Park Hours
Summer: 6:30 a.m. to dusk.
Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk.
The park is open year-round for camping and day use.
Camping:
Check-in time, 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time, 1 p.m.
Quiet hours: 11 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Acreage
279.5 acres of land with 4,100 feet of freshwater shoreline surrounding a 28-acre lake.

Acquired
Battle Ground Lake State Park was acquired in ten parcels; the first in 1966 and the last in 1972, for a total cost of $559,897.

Historical Background
In 1855, local Indians were held at Fort Vancouver to prevent them from joining hostile Indians elsewhere in the area. The Indians held at Fort Vancouver escaped, and Captain Strong was sent with troops to bring them back. These troops found the Indians near the lake which is now called Battle Ground Lake. Captain Strong talked the Indians into returning to the Fort.

In the meantime, there was a skirmish, and the Indian Chief Umtuch was killed, either by a soldier or one of his own men. Captain Strong returned to the Fort without the Indians after receiving a promise from them that they would return to the Fort after burying their chief. The Indians did return peacefully to the Fort.

The area near the lake then became Strong's Battleground in derision of his act of returning to the Fort without the Indians. Chief Umtuch is buried in an unmarked grave on a farm about one mile east of Battleground.

Facilities
35 campsites, 15 primitive walk­in sites, 57 picnic sites, 1 camp-host site, comfort station, playground equipment, bathhouse, 3 kitchen shelters, two residences, concession building, shop/service buildings, contact station, four adirondack shelters located in the Group Camp, 7 pit toilets, boat launch ramp, unguarded swim beach and trailer dump station. Horse facilities includes pit toilets, parking lot, a tiedown, and five miles of horsetrails.

Of Special Interest
The park is largely evergreen forest with trails around the lake. Annual average rainfall is 35 inches. The lake's origin is volcanic, and is believed to have been formed as a "Maar" volcano. This type of volcano is the result of hot lava or magma pushing up near the surface of the earth and then coming into contact with underground water. This is thought to have resulted in a large steam explosion, leaving a crater that later formed a lake.

Activities
Trails Water Activities Other
10 mi. Hiking Trails
10 mi. Bike Trails
5 mi. Horse Trails

Boating (freshwater, non-motorized)
1 boat ramp (freshwater)
60 feet of dock (freshwater)
Fishing (freshwater)
Swimming (freshwater)

1 Amphitheater (sheltered)
1 Badminton area
1 Baseball Field
Bird Watching
1 Fire Circle
2 Horseshoe pits
Interpretive Activities
Mountain Biking
1 Softball Field
1 Volleyball Field
Wildlife Viewing

Driving Directions
From I-5 southbound:
Take exit #14, and follow signs to city of Battle Ground. Drive to east end of town. Turn left on Grace Ave. (in front of Foodliner Grocery), and follow signs to park, approximately three miles from city of Battle Ground.

From I-5 northbound:
Take exit #9, and follow signs to city of Battle Ground. Drive to east end of town. Turn left on Grace Ave. (in front of Foodliner Grocery), and follow signs to park, approximately three miles from city of Battle Ground.

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