Fairview Things to Do
Blue Lake Park
Blue Lake Park is primarily of interest to local Portland residents. There is a small natural area on the east side of the park, which does sometime attract some unusual birds, but most of the time there isn't much of interest even there.
There are a few nice views of Mt. Hood, and there are a huge number of reservable picnic areas, some of which are covered, and some of which have cooking pits. For larger groups there is a reservable house.
The swimming area is very popular in the summer months. There are also paddle boats for rent.
A small area in the northwest corner of the park used to offer an archery range but this is gone now.
The far west end of the lake itself, if you follow the paved paths far enough west, will lead you to a pair of totem poles. Unfortunately, the plaque that describes them had been removed as of February 2008. It is a small monument to those who were the first to inhabit the area.
The charge to enter the park, as of 2014 is $5 per car (up from February 2008 when it was $4 per car, increased from $3 per car). Thee is an annual pass available that covers this park and the rest of the parks operated by the Metro regional government. There is no public transit service to the park, except the "Blue Lake Shuttle" that only opperates occasionly during a few summer months. Those who walk or bike to the park enter free, but doing is is a bit complicated.
The "40 mile loop" bike trail along Marine Drive is just north of the park, but getting to the park from this trail means riding near loud traffic for fairly long distances, and then crossing Marine Drive, which can be a very busy road.Related to:
- Road Trip