The calm, shallow waters of the lake create an ideal spot for kayakers, canoeing, and stand up paddle boarding.
There is a great deal to explore right on the lake including numerous nooks and crannies that are only accessible by small, manually powered water craft. But the lake is also the start of the 32 mile Lewis River-Vancouver Lake Waterway Trail. Pack a lunch! Wait till you see the birds and water fowl!
Vancouver Lake Regional Park
This 190-acre regional park is adjacent to VLRC and stretches for 2.5 miles along the west shore of Vancouver Lake. With 35 developed acres, visitors can enjoy picnicking, windsurfing and sand volleyball.
Discover more information about Vancouver Lake Regional Park here.
Lewis River-Vancouver Lake Waterway Trail
The Lewis River-Vancouver Lake Water Trail includes Vancouver Lake and features sites of historic significance, one National Wildlife Refuge (Ridgefield), two state wildlife areas (Shillapoo and Two Forks), a state park (Paradise Point) and hundreds of acres of other public and private conservation lands allowing ample opportunities for wildlife viewing.
View the paddling guide here.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Public Health routinely monitors local designated swim beaches for bacterial contaminants and harmful algal blooms.
Current advisories for Vancouver Lake are available here.