Vancouver Spotlight

Recreation

sailboatsIn Vancouver, we take our play time seriously. In addition to being a great walking city and winner of Walking Magazine’s Walkable Community Award, Vancouver runs the full gamut in outdoor and indoor recreational options. In just minutes you can escape the city to float a river, boat, hike, bike, or golf. In town we have plenty of options to blow off steam too, like reaching for the top of the wall at a climbing gym or jumping into the pool at a community center. Vancouver is also a hub for sports fans. We’re home to the Vancouver Volcanoes, the 2011 International Basketball League Champions, and the Vancouver Victory Hockey Club, a junior-tier hockey team

Make a Play Date!  

  • Walking, Running, and Hiking - With hundreds of miles of trails, paths, and shared courses, Vancouver is a walker’s and runner’s dream. A trek along the 5-mile Columbia River Renaissance Trail or the 2.5-mile Frenchman’s Bar Trail to Vancouver Lake are both scenic and level. For those who want a more aggressive, but equally stunning challenge, try the Cold Creek Trail to Larch Mountain, which features open grassy meadows that are glorious, especially when the wildflowers are in bloom. View Vancouver Parks and Recreation's interactive map to choose the best trail for you!
  • Biking - Traveling by bike through Clark County is a great way to explore our community, meet the locals, and get a workout! From the stump-jumping single-track on the Yacolt Burn Trail to the smooth pavement of Burnt Bridge Creek Trail, there are plenty of paths to enjoy. The City of Vancouver’s Bike map offers many options.
  • Kayaking & Canoeing - Explore the Lewis and Clark Trail the way these famous explorers experienced it—on the water! Vancouver, Lacamas, and Battle Ground are all great lakes for non-motorized sports. Or start out at Clark’s namesake park on the Columbia. Captain William Clark Park in Washougal features multi-use trails, a fishing dock, an interpretive center, and replicas of Lewis and Clark’s dugout canoes.
  • Fishing - The Columbia River offers some of the best salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon fishing in the Pacific Northwest. With a total of 39 lakes in the county, our region is a paradise for anglers. Washington State Fish and Wildlife has information on professional guide services and fishing regulations.

Indoor Fun

Sure, it rains here. Probably less than you would think, though. Did you know it rains more in Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C., Cincinnati, Eureka, and Olympia? Still, the rain doesn’t interrupt our fun.

Vancouver has plenty of indoor recreational options including the Source Climbing Center, which has a 36-foot-tall wall with 25 top rope anchors and 50 routes up to the top. There is over 1,200 square feet of bouldering terrain with 60 boulder problems, and you can take lessons to learn the basics of climbing. Big Al’s offers a full spectrum of bowling options with their powerhouse lanes and Slider Alley, for the adults. The complex has a sports bar and grill, an arcade, and galaxy bowling on the weekends. Mt. View Ice Arena has been entertaining families for generations. They have public sessions daily, hockey programs, and offer instruction. Firstenburg Community Center, which is open to the public and has drop-in rates, has a pool, multiple gymnasiums for pick up sports, a climbing wall, a teen zone, and offers child care services. 

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Allen's Crosley Lanes

  • 2400 E. Evergreen Blvd.
  • , Vancouver, WA 98661
  • Region: Downtown Vancouver
  • Phone: 360-693-4789
  • Fax: 360-737-9883

Crosley Lanes offers offer 42 high quality lanes with easy automatic scoring for family, friends, and league bowling.

Battle Ground Lake State Park

  • 18002 NE 249th St.
  • , Battle Ground, WA 98604

Battle Ground Lake Park is a beautiful park with a crystal-clear lake formed by volcanic upliftings and depressions in the earth. The park has 50 campsites. Day visitors can enjoy swimming, trout fishing, picnicking, hiking,and boating.…more

Bells Mountain Trail

  • 27781 NE Lucia Falls Road
  • , Yacolt, WA 98675

This primitive, four-foot wide shared-use trail serves hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians.

Big Al's Family Entertainment Center

  • 16615 SE 18th Street
  • , Vancouver, WA 98683

Voted as Clark County’s best family fun value in 2008 and 2009, Big Al’s is more than just your typical bowling alley. With its woodsy, Northwestern motif and open beam ceilings, the huge entertainment complex offers 30 traditional lanes of bowling and another 12 lanes in an intimate lounge style setting. For the kids, there are over 100 player positions at the latest and …more

Burnt Bridge Creek Trail

  • Northwest Lakeshore Ave & Northwest Bernie Dr.
  • , Vancouver, WA 98665

This hard-surfaced, shared-use trail offers excellent opportunities for walking, biking, jogging, commuting, and viewing the Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway. The trail passes through a variety of landscapes, including open grasslands and heavily wooded areas. Most of this trail is flat, providing for an easy trail experience, with the exception of steep slopes at the Bernie Rd. …more

Camas Meadows Golf Club

  • 4105 Northwest Camas Meadows Drive
  • , Camas, WA 98607
  • Region: Camas
  • Phone: 360-833-2000
  • Fax: 360-834-7075

Camas Meadows Golf Club is Southwest Washington’s premier public 18-hole, Par 72 golf destination. The course is tucked away in the forested wetlands near Lacamas Lake and combines incredible scenery with a uniquely challenging 6,571 yard Championship design.…more

Camas Skate Park

  • Shepherd Way & 3rd Avenue
  • , Camas, WA 98607

Captain William Clark Park Trail

  • State Route 14 at 15th Street
  • , Washougal, WA 98671
  • Region: Camas

This hard-surfaced, shared-use trail for hiking/biking extends from Steamboat Landing in East Vancouver to the east end of the United States Fish and Wildlife Refuge at Steigerwald Lake. The trail offers outstanding views of the Columbia River along with access to Cottonwood Beach.…more

Chelatchie Prairie Rail-with-Trail

  • NE Palmer Rd & NE 249th St
  • , Battle Ground, WA 98604
  • Region: Battle Ground

Clark County built the first segment of the Chelatchie Prairie Rail-with-Trail in 2011. Primary access to this multi-purpose trail is from Battle Ground Lake State Park and NE Palmer Road. The trail currently ends inside public property owned by the Washington Department of Natural Resources. The county’s long-term plan is to provide a trail along the entire 33-mile-long …more

Columbia River Waterfront Trail and Renaissance Park

  • North Bank of Columbia River
  • , Vancouver, WA 98660

The trail is a 5-mile, 14-foot-wide paved waterfront trail that follows the Columbia River. Passes Waterfront Park, the Renaissance Promenade, and the Ilchee Plaza.

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