Spend the Day at Mill Creek and Bennington Lake Recreation Area

Are you looking for a beautiful spot in near Cameo Heights Mansion that combines fishing, hiking, biking, boating, and birdwatching? Then take a drive to Mill Creek and Bennington Lake Recreation Area! If you’re unfamiliar with the term, a “recreation area” is a protected area, similar to a national or state park. Bennington Lake in Walla Walla, WA, as well as the nearby Mill Creek Dam, are great destinations for day trips during your stay. So grab your fishing pole and pack a lunch for a trip to Bennington Lake!

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Explore the Mill Creek and Bennington Lake Recreation Area

Take a Hike

There are more than 20 miles of trails at Bennington Lake, making this popular spot one of the best places for hiking near Walla Walla, WA. If you have the time, definitely walk the Whitetail Trail. It’s the longest hiking trail near the lake at almost five miles long. It winds along an old roadbed on the west side of the lake. If you’re looking for something a little shorter, follow the Kingfisher Trail. It’s less than two miles long and lines the north and south sides of Mill Creek Dam. Or, you could try your hand at the birdwatching trail!

Go Birdwatching!

Bennington Lake is commonly considered a haven for birdwatchers. The Sun and Sage National Birding Trail, one of Audubon Washington’s Great Washington State Birding Trail, is located near Bennington Lake. No matter the time of year you visit, you’re sure to spot great gorgeous species of birds. In the summer, you might see some spotted sandpipers or yellow-breasted chats. During the spring and fall, keep an eye out for ospreys. In the winter, listen for great horned and long-eared owls. The Blue Mountain Audubon Society leads year-round Tuesday Bird Walks to Bennington Lake. If you’re a fan of birdwatching, you’re not going to want to miss that!

Cast Your Line at Bennington Lake

Whether you’re an experienced angler or simply want to relax on the water, a visit to Bennington Lake is sure to please! Before you begin fishing, make sure you’re up to date in all Walla Walla fishing regulations and you have a Washington fishing license. Bennington Lake has a year-round fishing season and the lake is frequently replenished with rainbow trout. There is a limit of only five trout per day, with only two trout over 13 inches.

Stay at Cameo Heights Mansion

After your exciting day exploring Mill Creek and Bennington Lake Recreation Center, return to Cameo Heights Mansion for a night in luxury. If you haven’t gotten enough of the water, relax in our hot tub. If you’re feeling competitive, enjoy a game of tetherball, Bocce, horseshoes, or ping pong. There’s plenty of things to do at the Mansion!

Be sure to reserve a table at The Vine at Cameo Heights Mansion, our incredible on-site gourmet restaurant. Enjoy a seven-course Prix Fixe-style finding dining experience. For a small fee, you can enjoy dinner service in the intimacy of your own private suite. Be sure to let us know of any dietary restrictions.

Browse our gorgeous suites and book your room today! We look forward to having you.