Vancouver Lake WDFW Shore Launch

Launch Point

About this location

  • Water trail
    Lewis River and Vancouver Lake
  • Restrooms
  • Yes

  • Parking Type
  • A large paved parking lot.

  • Parking Fee
  • Parking requires a Discover Pass ($10/day or $30/year). Passes are not available at the launch.

  • Tidal influence
  • Minimal - but seasonal (April-June in normal years) can flood the site.

  • Launch Type
  • Launch Fees
  • None

  • Location notes
  • From I-5 exit 1-d in Vancouver (4th Plain Blvd), go west on 4th Plain Blvd 1.5 miles, turn right on Fruit Valley Road, go 0.4 miles, then turn left on La Frambois Road, go 1.7 miles to the access area. Parking lots and unimproved boat access.

At the southern end of Vancouver Lake, the end of La Frambois Road leads through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's Shillapoo Wildlife Area to the shallow waters of the Lake. A paved parking area with a pit toilet provides access to the game lands and parking for up to 40 vehicles with trailers. A gravel lane leads to the lake with a large gravel turnaround near the approximate shoreline. A Discover Pass ($10/day or $30/year) or fishing/hunting license is required for parking and launch access. Discover Passes are not available at the site. The launch is unimproved - and subject to regular flooding during seasonal high water. Gates are open 4:00 am to dusk. 

Photos from April 2017 - which show flooding on the gravel lane to the lake. 

Site owner
Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife


La Frambois Road
Vancouver, WA 98660
United States

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