I have very fond childhood memories of waiting impatiently for the weather to get just warm enough to play in the sprinkler. I would then proceed to play in that freezing cold water until I was practically blue and my mother would have to make me come inside. It’s just not summer, regardless of weather, until you’ve played in the water. Luckily, we have plenty of outdoor options in Vancouver, Camas, Battle Ground and throughout Clark County to make a splash and get wet as the weather heats up.
Salmon Creek Regional Park / Klineline Pond
Salmon Creek Regional Park and Klineline Pond in Vancouver is a hot spot in the summer. With a bathhouse, roped swimming areas, a children splash pad and even life jackets on loan, it has just about everything you could want, including picnic areas for after you have worked up an appetite swimming and splashing. There are parking fees for the park, and it’s open 7:00 a.m. to dusk.
1112 NE 117th Street
Wintler Community Park
Wintler Community Park in Vancouver is the only city park with public water access. With 12.5 acres of beach park, it’s a great place to cool off along the Columbia River when the weather gets warm. There are parking fees collected from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The park is open 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
6400 Beach Dr.
Paradise Point State Park
Paradise Point State Park is a riverfront beach that is great for those looking to swim in the Lewis River. Aside from swimming, you can fish (license required), boat (no boat launch), and use other personal watercraft. Discovery pass is required. Park is open 8:00 a.m. to dusk.
33914 N.W. Paradise Park Road
Capt. William Clark Park
Capt. William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach is a fun place to cool off because if it’s historical significance – Lewis and Clark had a camp here! The park is open 7:00 a.m. to dusk.
South Index Street at South 32nd Street, Port of Camas-Washougal
Holley Park in La Center has a fairly new splash pad that will keep kids busy for hours, along with tons of other recreational options. The Splash Pad is open seasonally and has its own hours, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The splash pad opens after school lets out. This year on June 15, 2018.
1000 East 4th Street
Vancouver Lake Regional Park
The ultimate beach getaway close to home, Vancouver Lake Regional Park has all the water fun you can handle – windsurfing, kayaking and canoeing included! As well as ample places to swim. Due to the wildlife, no domestic animals are allowed on the beach or turf area between April 1 and October 31, except for service animals. Parking fees apply and the park is open 7:00 a.m. to dusk.
6801 NW Lower River Road
Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park
Located just two miles from Vancouver Lake Park, with a trail connecting the two, Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park has a lovely view of the Columbia River where you can cool off by the breeze, however, swimming is not recommended due to the harsh current. Still, it’s a nice spot to cool off and you can walk to nearby Vancouver Lake Park. Year-round parking fees apply. The park is open 7:00 a.m. to dusk.
9612 NW Lower River Road
Daybreak Regional Park and Boat Launch
Daybreak Regional Park runs along the East Fork of the Lewis River and has plenty of water access, including a boat launch. It’s open from 7:00 a.m. to dusk.
26401 NE Daybreak Road
Lewisville Regional Park
Lewisville Regional Park boasts swimming, a boat launch and even fishing in the East Fork Lewis River. Parking fees apply and the park is open 7:00 a.m. to dusk.
26411 NE Lewisville Highway
Kiwanis Park in Battle Ground has a water spray featured that kids just love. It’s the largest community park in Battle Ground and is open dawn to dusk.
422 SW 2nd Ave
Battle Ground, WA 98604
Moulton Falls Regional Park
Moulton Falls Regional Park is probably the largest one on this list. At 387-acres, it has plenty of things to see and do to occupy the family for a day. The giant trees provided cooling shade and swimming is allowed. The park is open 7:00 a.m. to dusk.
27781 NE Lucia Falls Road