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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 31 July 2015

This park has unique and natural play areas for the children along with your typical playground area equipment. The park is huge, so there is plenty of space for picnics and running around with the kids. The waterfront area has a nice little beach area to get some sun or take a dip in the water. The restrooms are the cleanest restrooms I have every seen at a public park. This park also has onsite staff that are very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about the park's wildlife and other related information. If your in the area visiting with young children, it is definitely a worthwhile (free) attraction.

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Reviewed 20 July 2015

Blue Lake Regional Park is officially in Fairview, Oregon, just off of Marine Drive and near 233rd Drive. If you are coming from Portland, you can take the 84 East and once you start seeing signs for Gresham, you should see signs for Blue Lake Park. You can also reach the park from Marine Drive, if you're coming from North or NE Portland.

The Park is quite large and boasts many different activities: a disc golf course, swimming for children over 5 and adults, a small but well-used water spray play area, a nature walk, large covered picnic areas, paddleboat rentals, and the wonderful Discovery Garden. Large trees are abundant around the park.

Drawbacks are that entrance to the park is not free and dogs are not allowed in the park. So leave the pooch at home. Park fees are $5 to $7 per car or trailer, and the park is open from 8 a.m. until legal sunset, whenever that happens to be on the day you're there.

If you take the kids, by all means visit the Discovery Garden which is right next to the water play toward the west side of the park. Metro specialists put a lot of thought into building this garden a few years ago, and their creativity and care really show. In addition to showing off several different types of gardens, such as a small vegetable garden, and container gardening ideas, they have rain gardens, butterfly gardens, and more. A couple types of compost bin are available to look at, as well as a worm bin, covered area with tables and benches where adults and kids can perform a number of different fun activities, that also might teach them a thing or two about sustainable gardening, water use, insects, and native plants. One of the most popular activities is a Bingo scavenger hunt, in which children and their parents are given a laminated card containing a dozen or so photographs of plants and critters (worms, butterflies, birds, squirrels). Children who at first seem a bit daunted by the garden are soon engaged in finding worms and sow bugs in the worm bin, a rascally frog in the compost bin, and numbers of flowers, leaf types, berries, and vegetables in the Discovery Garden. I've been a couple of times and have found some children engaged in Discovery Garden activities for more than an hour. They seem to come away with a new appreciation for just how much you can find in our own backyard. And parents find it useful to ask questions about plants and gardening, and to pick up free resource materials provided by the Metro team.

This is a great setting in which to spend a few hours or all day just playing and relaxing with your family.

5  Thank marksmallwood
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Reviewed 17 July 2015

If you have small children this park is okay....except if they are under 5 they cannot get in the lake, even with an adult. The swim area is small and shallow. The water is questionable at times, sometimes the swimming is closed due to the water quality. Check before going.
There is a nice playground, it has a water pad. Don't be shy, get wet, don't let the little ones have all the fun.
Picnic tables in the area, some are reserved, or just bring a blanket.
Reason for only 3 stars is, the $5 per car entry fee. There are plenty of free parks in Portland. No dogs allowed, we don't go to the parks much if the dog can't come. Lack of hiking trails. Personal boats allowed only in winter.

2  Thank sjdesrv
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Reviewed 19 February 2015

Nice park to have a family reunion or wedding reception. Play areas for children and a nice walkway along the waterfront.

2  Thank adventurewoman2011
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Reviewed 1 August 2014 via mobile

This park is big n a good place to have a BBQ or a picnic with family n friends. Let the kids roam around n play. Good times here. Or have business or church events.

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