It serves a number of functions as a regional resource. These include wildlife habitat, flood control, wetlands, surface and ground water hydrology, boating, bird watching and hiking, hunting, and many more.
Lacamas Park is adjacent to Round Lake and offers a view from the ring of the natural habitat. There are 312 acres of hiking trails. This area is home to the unique Camas lilies, which are dark blue in color. Mid-April is the blooming season.
You will find grassy wetlands, forested areas and some sections of sidewalk as the trail winds its way. The trail is being improved on the surface and there are street crossings. There are also plans to extend it north to Meadowbrook Marsh.
A small portion of the lake has been designated for swimming. This is a shallow area, but it's only for children over five years old. There is usually a lifeguard available. Blue Lake Region park also has a playground, picnic tables and a Frisbee course. There is also an archery range.