Battle Ground Lake State Park

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About Battle Ground Lake State Park

Hold your horses! Or ride ‘em along the five miles of horse trails offered at Battle Ground State Park. Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, explore 280 acres of serene forest. If indulging in John Wayne fantasies isn’t your thang, bring your bike or use your feet to explore the additional 15 miles of trails. Who says you need four legs to have fun? Check out the stunning spring-fed lake for world class angling; known as ‘baby Crater Lake’ where you can snatch up some delicious trout off the 60 foot dock. Round yer wagons up for unique primitive equestrian camping under the starry night sky or hang back and challenge Mr. Wayne to a rousing game of badminton! (Shuttlecock not included...no really, bring your own badminton gear).

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Battle Ground Campground
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June 5th, 2015
Battle Ground Lake
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June 5th, 2015
Battle Ground Lake
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June 5th, 2015
Battle Ground Lake
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June 5th, 2015

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History of Battle Ground Lake State Park

This area was named for a battle that settlers at Fort Vancouver expected to happen in 1855 between U.S. Army soldiers and some Klickitat Indians. The battle never occurred.

Captain Strong, the post commander, allowed some Klickitat Indians to leave the fort on the promise that they would return after burying their chief, who had been accidentally killed. Most fort residents believed a battle would ensue to get the Native Americans to return, and therefore dubbed the spot Strong's Battle Ground. The Native Americans, true to their word, returned peacefully, but the name took hold. Later, the area was simply referred to as Battle Ground.