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Park Rules and Policies

Gender Equity Policy
The City of Vancouver and Clark County comply with Washington’s “Fair Play and Community Sports Act” that prohibits discrimination against any person in a community athletics program on the basis of sex. Contact the Vancouver Parks and Recreation director at 415 W. 6th Street, Vancouver, WA 98668, (360) 487-8311 or via email at parksrec@cityofvancouver.us with any questions or comments.

City of Vancouver Municipal Code
New in 2011 - No Smoking/tobacco in City of Vancouver parks. Ordinance 15.130

Clark County Code

The following activities are prohibited in all city and county-owned parks and undeveloped open spaces, unless otherwise posted or authorized with a Park and Facility Use Permit:

  • Littering/Vandalism
  • Alcohol Possession
  • Discharge of Firearms (except English Pit Shooting Range)
  • Traffic/ATV/ORV
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Fires or Camping
  • Horseback Riding
  • Cruising & Squirreling within motor vehicles
  • NO diving, jumping, horseplay (in parks with water access)
  • NO glass containers on beaches (in parks with water access)
  • Pets required to be on a leash. Owners MUST clean up after their pets.

Tobacco products are prohibited in all parks, trails and sports fields owned by the city of Vancouver. Tobacco products are prohibited from signed and designated areas within Clark County parks, trails, and sports fields.

PARK IN DESIGNATED AREAS ONLY

Typical Hours of Operation:
County Parks: 7AM TO DUSK
City Parks: 5AM TO 10PM

For maintenance issues, please contact:
County parks: (360) 397-2446
City parks: (360) 487-8177

Certain parks with water access also have site-specific safety advisories as follows:

FRENCHMAN'S BAR PARK

  • Unguarded beach and river
  • Fast currents
  • Water depth varies
  • Sudden river bed drop-offs
  • Potential pollutants
  • NO personal watercraft may access the beach area for ANY reason, including, but not limited to, docking or loading/unloading passengers
  • Swim at your own risk
     

LEWISVILLE PARK

  • Unguarded beach and river
  • Fast currents
  • Water depth varies
  • Swim at your own risk
     

SALMON CREEK/KLINELINE POND

  • Lifeguards are on duty from 11 a.m. 7 p.m. through Labor Day. They also will be on duty the first two weekends in September.
  • No pets in the developed beach/turf areas
  • No boats or kayaks on pond
  • No abusing docks, ropes, buoys, pilings or boom
  • ONLY U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices* are allowed at Klineline. They should not be used in water deeper than 4 feet.
     

VANCOUVER LAKE PARK

  • No pets in the developed beach/turf areas April - October
  • Unguarded beach and lake
  • Sudden lake bed drop-offs
  • Swim at your own risk
  • No swimming beyond designated areas
  • No abusing ropes, buoys, pilings or boom
     

*ADDITIONAL CAUTIONS REGARDING FLOTATION DEVICES:

  1. Flotation devices are not foolproof; they are NOT a substitute for close guardian supervision.
  2. Parents/guardians MUST remain within arms reach of small children using any flotation device.
  3. If you can't swim well enough to be safe in deep water without a flotation device, you aren't safe with one either.