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“Great place for a picnic!”

Blue Lake Regional Park
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Fairview
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Owner description: Metro's Blue Lake Regional Park, located just 20 minutes from downtown Portland, offers a wealth of recreational opportunities for people of all ages. Blue Lake is a 64-acre natural lake fed by underground springs. Children under 5 years of age are not allowed in the lake to help keep the water clean, but there is a spray ground for all ages with colorful features that shower, gush, dump and pour water. Visitors can also rent a paddle boat, row boat or canoe to explore Blue Lake. Blue Lake Regional Park provides opportunities for boating, fishing and swimming, and makes a beautiful backdrop for hundreds of family picnics, community events and special programs throughout the year. Water spray ground. Splash into Blue Lake's action-packed spray ground with colorful features that shower, gush, dump and pour water. On hot summer days the spray ground is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Picnic reservations. Covered shelters and reservable picnic areas are available for gatherings of family and friends. Reservations are necessary for groups of 25 people or more. First-come, first-served tables for small groups are available along the lake front. The Lake House: in a beautiful garden setting overlooking Blue Lake, The Lake House provides a tranquil setting for weddings, receptions, recitals, memorial services, corporate functions and meetings. Boating at the lake. Paddle boats, row boats and canoes are available to rent at Blue Lake between May 1 and Sept. 30. For more information about boat rentals, call 503-661-6087. Privately owned watercraft are allowed on the lake for the purpose of angling between Oct. 1 and April 30, as long as they do not exceed 14 feet in length (17 feet for canoes) and 3.0 horsepower in motor capability.
Reviewed August 14, 2013

I've been to this park a number of times over the past 10 years, as it is where the organization I work for has their annual member picnic. I've not spent much time exploring it, and the park is VERY large, and, well, I was never there just for the sake of playing/general relaxation, but the little bit I've experienced indicates to me that it is a great place for a picnic, eating and chatting with workmates. It is a great place in terms of location as well, being just a short drive from downtown Portland, OR, all of about a 20 minute drive. It's also adjacent to the Columbia River if you want to explore the river as well.

You can also rent a boat or go fishing in the lake, if that's what attracts you. Boat rentals are available at the lake, or you can bring your own.

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Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

The scenery is fantastic. The park is well groomed and maintained. Lots to do for all ages including a fun filled water fountain with lots of spraying nozzles and such for little ones. The water quality seems a bit poor with rumors of algae and bacterial blooms.

1  Thank CoachAaronShelley
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

I'd been away from the area for awhile and went over to Blue Lake park on a weekday hoping to have a relaxed walk with my dog on a leash. No dogs allowed, apparently. Also, there was a charge. I went in turned around and left.

5  Thank Elizabeth R
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Visited today and couldn't understand why the park wasn't jammed, but very glad that no one seems to know this is here. If I had young kids I would be here every day in the summer. For a $5 entry per car there is a swimming beach, a really cool water spray area with all kinds of different apparatus that the kids who were there seemed to love. There is also a really cool interactive garden that parents could go through with their kids, a place to rent paddleboats, a fishing area, canoe rentals, volleyball, horseshoes, a gorgeous wetlands area with some really cool native memorial stonework and carved pillars. There were picnic tables scattered all over the place, along with a number of large open pavilions that can be reserved. There was even a small archery range at the end of the park. It shady and beautiful, but it also has lots of open meadow areas that would be perfect for soccer or other games. There is also a frisbee golf course. I ask again...why isn't this place jammed every day of the week? I'm glad it wasn't, because we were able to sit on a bench overlooking the lake, watch people canoe by, eat our picnic lunch, and soak up the peace and quiet. LOVE this place!

2  Thank judym55555
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

This park is just right for group or family picnic activities...It has a designated swimming area (DO NOT DRINK THE LAKE WATER) and boat pedal paddling rides in the lake...There are volleyball/basketball courts, a space big enough for a soccer or a baseball field for sports minded and active people....Some picnic area by the lake can be occupied by the first come first serve basis- just wake up early and be at the gate before the park opens...Of course you can definitely reserve your spot by calling Park & Recreation office few months before your actual date of use...Covered picnic areas are also available for rent...Please bring a spare jacket with you if you planned to be there until sundown...Lastly, fireworks are lighted during the Fourth of July celebration until further notice...

3  Thank anaklakay
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