Vancouver Washington Travels 2005 |
Vancouver is on the Washington side of the river, across from Portland. And like Portland, there are a lot of good parks near by. On the west is Vancouver Lake, east is Lacamas Park, North is Salmon Creek, South is Marine Park. Each is big enough for a good hike or short bike ride, and all are popular picnic areas.
The Footpath at Vancouver Lake
Round Lake and Lacamas Park |
East of Vancouver is the town of Camas and the scenic gem of Lacamas Park. This park has it all: a lake, a river, cliffs and thick forest - for loads of hiking, biking, fishing or picnicing fun.
Salmon Creek Park
On the north side of Vancouver is scenic Salmon Creek. This 3-mile park follows the creek through marsh lands and ponds, and is a good place for a hike or bike ride.
Wintler and Marine Parks
Wintler and Marine Parks are only a mile apart on Vancouver's south river front. They are both popular beaches and the paved path connecting them is a great place for a stroll or bike ride.
Vancouver Lake Wildlife Area
West of Vancouver is the Vancouver Lake Park and Wildlife Area. The marshy lands surrounding the big lake make a nice place for bike ride, and the park is a scenic and remote picnic and swimming area. The six-mile access road is a great ride with the river on the left and the marshlands on the right. The light traffic makes this seem a lot more remote than it really is.
Portland has set aside a huge area of river front as a scenic park. Covering both sides of the river, it has an assortment of manicured parks, wild parks, open mall areas, and museums. Something for everyone.