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Description - 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.

This area was named for a battle that settlers at Fort Vancouver expected to happen in 1855 between U.S. Army soldiers and some Klickitat Indians. The battle never occurred.

Attractions - Battle Ground State Park covers 279.5 acres of land with 4,100 feet of freshwater shoreline surrounding a 28-acre lake.

This area was named for a battle that settlers at Fort Vancouver expected to happen in 1855 between U.S. Army soldiers and some Klickitat Indians. The battle never occurred. Captain Strong, the post commander, allowed some Indians to leave the fort on the promise that they would return after burying their chief, who had been accidently killed. Most fort residents believed a battle would ensue to get the Indians to return, and therefore dubbed the spot "Strong's Battle Ground." The Indians, true to their word, returned peacefully, but the name took hold. Later the area was simply referred to as "Battle Ground."

Recreation - Facilities at the park include 35 campsites, 15 primitive walk-in sites, 57 picnic sites, one camp-host site, a comfort station, playground equipment, a bathhouse, three kitchen shelters, a concession building, four Adirondack shelters located in the Group Camp, seven pit toilets, a boat launch ramp, an unguarded swim beach and a trailer dump station. Horse facilities includes pit toilets, a parking lot, a tie down, and five miles of horse trails.Specific activities include picnicking, swimming, boating (electric motors only), fishing, camping, a nature study, scuba diving, hiking, horseback riding. The park also has a horseshoe pit and an organized sports play field.

Climate - Influenced by the Pacific Ocean and surrounding mountains, this area is characterized by a generally wet and temperate climate. Winters are cool and cloudy with rain and some snow. Maximum winter temperatures are normally in the mid- to high 40s with minimum temperatures in the mid 30s. Summers are warm and relatively dry with maximum and minimum temperatures in the mid 70s and low 50s, respectively.

Location - Battle Ground Lake State Park is located in southwest Washington, 19 miles northeast of Vancouver, three miles east and north of the community of Battleground, in Clark County. From I-5 northbound or southbound: Take exit #11 and drive east to Battle Ground. On the east end of town, turn left on N.E. Grace Ave. (just in front of a Foodliner Grocery). Follow the signs to the park, approximately three miles from the city of Battle Ground.


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Report: If you park in the main parking lot, go out onto the trail and go right. There is a nice horse camp about half way around and then there is a semi-steep hill but it is solid and not scary at all. There is a real nice little field to stop in but someone harvests the hay and they ask that you don't ride in it.( snacks are o.k.) I'm 40+ and have ridden here since before it was a state park. See ya there.


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Contact Information:
Battle Ground Lake State Park, 18002 N.E. 249th , Battle Ground, WA, 98604, Phone: 360-687-4621, Fax: 360-666-8158

Additional Information:
Seattle Area/Volcano Country - This is Volcano Country, home of three volcanoes and a gorge, all in remarkably close proximity to urban centers, from Portland to Puget Sound. This region includes the Seattle and Tacoma metropolitan areas as well as Vancouver, Washington.
Washington State Parks - Washington has 149 state parks located around the state.
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