Rooks Park is located 10 minutes east of Walla Walla, Washington. This 18-acre developed park offers visitors a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Natural Features: The park consists of large open spaces and smaller secluded areas for groups and families alike. Large trees and irrigated lawns offer shade and relief from Walla Wallas hot summer days. Recreation: Rooks Parks grassy spaces provide the ideal place for family picnics and games of volleyball, football or Frisbee. Visitors also enjoy cooling their feet in the creek. Facilities: This day-use area is open year-round to foot traffic, and April to mid-October to vehicles. A group picnic shelter is available for reservations and can accommodate up to 75 people. Amenities include flush toilets, drinking water, a playground, sand volleyball court and horseshoe pit. Nearby Attractions: Bennington Lake is less than 10 minutes from Rooks Park. It is the only public lake in the Walla Walla Valley, covering approximately 52 surface acres. Throughout the spring, the lake is stocked with rainbow trout to enhance angling opportunities.
There is no camping here, however you can rent a pavilion for parties. This is a small park with short hikes (
This is a biased review- because I come from an area where lakes are abundant and not developed. Keeping that in mind- Rooks park itself is a great spot to escape from Downtown Walla Walla. There are plenty of trees and little spots away from the main path. Plenty of spots to set up hammocks or just a blanket. Evenings the park becomes very busy with joggers and hikers. But overall one of the best parks in Walla Walla. The lake on the other hand- is not what you would expect. If that is kept in mind then it should be fine. In my experience It is nice when not many people are there- but after five it becomes really crowded and difficult to enjoy the lake. So as long as you arrive early- the lake is fine. But overall a great experience for being so close to Walla Walla. I would recommend a visit.
This area does not have any camping, but is a great place to visit. Rooks Park is lush and shady even in the hottest time of the year. The lake area has plenty of trails for walking, jogging, or bike riding. Dogs are allowed off leash around the lake. The lake is actually a flood control reservoir and is filled for recreational use each spring. Then it is stocked with rainbow trout. After early June, the lake begins to lower due to seepage and evaporation. So by August or so, it is pretty low and there really isn't any fishing.
The lake is not clean, it smells bad and generally has a ton of mosquito's. There are such better lakes to visit that I would not recommend this one to anyone.