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Visiting Columbia Springs

If you are visiting with a group of more than 8 people, we would appreciate it if you let us know! Columbia Springs is an active hatchery, education site and home to many plants and animals so we have some safety guidelines we would like you to follow. 

COVID-19 Site Updates: Our buildings, including public restrooms, and some areas of the hatchery are still closed. There are no active water fountains on site. Please be aware that the trails are not currently receiving regular maintenance.

Click here for more information about our events, workshops, and programs that charge an admissions fee.

Columbia Springs is the perfect site for a picnic, nature photography, outdoor exercise, or to simply enjoy nature without leaving town. Dogs are welcome; leash and scoop laws apply!

Free visitor parking, two miles of trails with two wildlife viewing decks, ADA accessible Visitors Center, art along Heron Loop Trail, the historic Vancouver Trout Hatchery, fish feeding pond, interpretive signage and historical displays.

Stop by our Visitor Center for information and activities, hours vary. To help us have more regular hours, learn how you can volunteer to be a Visitor Center Host.

Columbia Springs Interactive Map

Hover over the map pins to see title and image of the location.

Map Legend:

  • Red Pins: Points of Interest
  • Green Pins: Historical Display
  • Blue Pins: Outdoor Picnic Area
  • Orange Pins: Wildlife Viewing Deck
  • Yellow Pins: Trail Information

 You can help us make everyone’s visit to the site enjoyable and safe City of Vancouver Park Code (15.04) applies here

Prohibited activities at Columbia Springs:

  • Use of tobacco products (up to $1,000 fine).
  • Camping or making a fire, either in tents or vehicles.
  • Possessing or consuming alcohol.
  • Littering, vandalism, or defacing property, plants, trails, or hatchery grounds. 
  • Horseback riding. 
  • Occupying the park between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Do not feed the wildlife. You may only feed fish in the designated fish feeding pond with the provided food.

Please respect Columbia Springs and our Natural Area by observing these rules:

  • Please stay on all marked trails. Individuals found off-trail may be trespassed and barred from our site. 
  • Leash and scoop laws apply to pets. 
  • All waters on site are closed. This means:
    • There is no fishing in any of the ponds, streams, or lakes. 
    • You may not enter any ponds or lakes
  • Obey all staff member instructions and posted signage.
  • Do not enter areas designated as “Authorized Personnel Only”.
  • Leave no trace principles apply.

We cannot guarantee the security of your unattended vehicle, please be sure to take any valuables with you on your visit. 

This is a “pack-it-in-pack-it-out” site. You are expected to take all of your trash with you when you leave the site.

Enjoy your visit!

Park Hours

Open from 5:00am – 8:00pm
365 days a year