When the weather heats up, Portlanders head to the water to cool off. While we are surrounded by rivers, there are also plenty of great lakes within reach, and these are some of the best. Whether you want to stay local, or head to Mt Hood or beyond, check out one of these beautiful lakes around Portland to spend a lazy summer afternoon in the sun.
1. Blue Lake
Located in Fairview, OR, this lake is the closest to Portland and features not only the lake, but also a large water splash play area, a disc golf course, and plenty of sporting fields and shelters for picnics. Admission is $5 per vehicle.
2. Vancouver Lake
A sandy beach makes this a great lake to unwind for the day. A haven for kayakers and paddle boarders, this beach is not typically over crowded and is free.
3. Henry Haag Lake
Located just 25 miles south of Portland, this man-made lake is a go-to destination for Portlanders. Featuring multiple swimming areas, the park is bustling on warm days, and costs $6 per vehicle.
4. Buck Lake
The easy hike to get to this lake is doable by kids, and worth every minute of the adventure when you reach this pristine lake. Located near Estacada, there is no fee required to access this lake.
5. Trillium Lake
If you are headed to Mt Hood, this is one of the most accessible lakes on your journey. Non-motorized boating, swimming and fishing are all popular here, and the day use fee is $5 per vehicle.
6. Lost Lake
Situated down winding forest roads, this near-hidden park has excellent swimming, fishing and non-motorized boating. Stop for lunch in Hood River to break up the drive. The day use fee is $8 per vehicle.
7. Battleground Lake State Park
Said to be a miniature version of Crater Lake, this lake of volcanic creation, sits among 280 acres forested Cascade wilderness. Day passes for the park are $10 per vehicle.
8. Timothy Lake
Another great place for Mt. Hood views, Timothy Lake is a pristine lake with wonderful, albeit cold, swimming. Vehicle day use is $5 per day.
Have you visited these lakes around Portland? Which is your favorite? Let us know!