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Seattle, one of the prettiest cities in the USA is popular for its forests, coastline, mountain ranges, and ample natural beauty. On the Puget Sound and around the various forests, highlands, mountai (Read More)ns, and coastline lay various picturesque lakes where visitors can treat their eyes along with enjoying some water sports like kayaking, boating, fishing, rafting, etc. Here are the top 7 lakes in Seattle which are worth a visit.

Here is the list of 10 Lakes in Seattle

1. Lake Washington, Seattle

Lake Washington, Seattle

Bordering two major USA cities, Seattle and Bellevue, Lake Washington is the second largest natural lake in the Washington state. Lake Washington havens world’s longest floating bridge which is also the prime attraction around the lake. Sprawled over 8,800 hectares, Lake Washington was named after George Washington and its shoreline acts as a home to Seattle, Renton, Kirkland, Bellevue, etc. There are ample lake front parks around the shoreline popular as a beautiful and relaxing picnic spot for local visitors round the year. Mercer Island and Luther Burbank Park boast the adventure around the lake as it offers various amenities like a fishing pier, barbeque, and swimming area.

Things to do : Sightseeing, picnic, boating, fishing, kayaking, camping, swimming etc.

Parking : Available

Fishing : Allowed

Boating : Allowed

Distance from Seattle : 12.6 miles

2. Lake Quinault, Seattle

Lake Quinault, Seattle

Surrounded by tropical rainforest at the southern getaway of Olympic National Park, Lake Quinault is a glacially carved lake covered with lush green moss trees and attractive accommodations. Lake Quinault offers breathtaking views around the area as it is full of captivating wildlife, long green trees, alluring waterfalls, etc. The prime attraction around the lake is its rainforest, Quinault rain forest which is ideal for camping and hiking to feel nature’s beauty. Other activities prominent in the area are fishing, diving, hiking, and scenic exploration. Historic Lake Quinault Lodge, Quinault loop trail, and Quinault rain forest interpretive trail around the lake make it even more fun and worth visiting.

Popular activities : Camping, Hiking, fishing, diving, etc.

Parking : Available

Distance from Seattle : 147.8 miles

Location : Olympic Peninsula USDA Forest Service Ranger Station, Quinault, WA 98575-9700

3. Lake Union, Seattle

Lake Union, Seattle

A freshwater lake within the Seattle area, Lake Union forms a major mart of Lake Washington Ship Canal. The lake is well known for its Gas Works Park along the north shore and Lake Union Park, Centre of Wooden Boats and Museum of History and Industry along the southern shore of the lake. Being one of the closest lakes to Seattle city, it witnesses a lot of visitors for the scenic views and adventure sports. North Passage Point Park, Fairview Park, South Lake Union Park, Terry Pettus Park and South Passage Point Park are must visit destination around the lake and are extremely famous for a weekend getaway. Lake Union also hosts various summer concerts and firework shows round the year for an added fun.

Opening hours : 04:00 AM to 11:30 PM

Activities : Fishing, camping, boating etc.

Parking : Street Parking Available

Wheelchair : Accessible

Distance from Seattle : 2.9 miles

Address : 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109, United States

4. Green Lake, Seattle

Green Lake, Seattle

Green Lake, located in the north of Lake Union is an alluring freshwater lake covering 259 acres of Phinney Ridge. Green lake is surrounded by a long pathway which is extremely ideal for roller skating, bicycling, and walking. Apart from being a popular destination among visitors for a weekend getaway, Green Lake is also known for various water activities like kayaking, swimming, sailing, and windsurfing. Various boats and paddle rides are available on Green Lake for an added fun. Stuffed with flora and fauna species, animals like toads, loons, geese, rats, squirrels, eagles and many more can be spotted around the lake with cherry trees around. Green Lake also equips a park and craft centre.

Opening hours : 06:00 AM to 08:00 PM

Parking : Available

Fishing : Allowed

Distance from Seattle : 5.4 miles

Address : 7201 E Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA 98103, United States

5. Lake Sammamish, Seattle

Lake Sammamish, Seattle

Lake Sammamish is a captivating freshwater lake nestled on the eastern side of Bellevue city. Sprawled over 1,980 hectares, it is also home to Lake Sammamish State Park on the southern end and is one of the most developed lakes present in the proximity of Seattle. Apart from the clear water and scenic views, Lake Sammamish is worth visiting for the two beaches located around the shoreline which offers adventure sports like swimming, kayaking, boarding, and hiking. The leisure activities such as sunbathing, picnicking, and baseball which are prevalent around Lake Sammamish doubles the fun and makes it ideal for a weekend getaway.

Opening Hours : 6:30 AM to 06:00 PM (summer)
8:00 AM to 06:00 PM (winters)

Popular Activities : Sunbathing, picnicking, hiking, boarding, kayaking, swimming, fishing etc.

Amenities : Restrooms, Hiking trails, bathhouses, playgrounds, automated pay station etc.

Parking : Street parking available

Wheelchair : Accessible

Distance from Seattle : 19.8 miles

Address : 2000 NW Sammamish Rd, Issaquah, WA 98027, USA

6. Lake Boren, Seattle

Lake Boren, Seattle

Lake Boren is a large and brilliantly blue lake located in the Lake Boren Park near the Coal Creek Parkway, around 17 minutes away from the Seattle city. It features quite lot amenities like walking trails, picnic shelters, fishing dock and children’s playground for an added recreational fun. Moreover, the sports fanatic can enjoy their favourite sports around the lake as it also equips two tennis courts, basketball court and sand volleyball court. A hiking trail along the shoreline of the lake and Lake Boren Fuchsia Garden around makes it even more beautiful and enjoyable.

Opening Hours : 08:00 AM to 08:00 PM

Popular Activities : Picnic, fishing, hiking, etc.

Amenities : Picnic shelters, fishing dock, walking trails, volleyball courts, sandball courts etc.

Parking : On site parking available

Distance from Seattle : 12.8 miles

Address : 13058 SE 84th Way, Newcastle, WA 98056-9108

7. Lake Cushman, Seattle

Lake Cushman, Seattle

Lake Cushman is a popular lake sitting on the north branch of the Skokomish River covering 1,620 hectares. Neighboured by Olympic National Forest, visitors can capture some extraordinary landscape views around Lake Cushman. It is extremely popular as a recreational spot as it offers boating, fishing, hiking, kayaking etc. Lake Cushman houses various pretty resorts and camping grounds ideal for a day camp or a weekend getaway around the crystal clear blue water. The cool and cerulean water of Lake Cushman is extremely relaxing and perfect for paddling. The mountains around the lake beautify it and offer more adventure with the cliff jumping activity.

Opening Hours : 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Popular Activities : Hiking, Swimming, Paddling, Camping etc.

Parking : Available

Pets : Allowed

Distance from Seattle : 100.7 miles

Address : 7211 N Lake Cushman Rd, Hoodsport, WA 98548, United States

8. Angle Lake, Seattle

Angle Lake, Seattle

Sprawled over 102 acres in SeaTac, Angle Lake is an L-shaped lake with clear water and lush green surroundings. The lake is encircled with ample facilities and activities such as spray park play area, barbecue area, picnic shelter and games room. Swimming, boating and camping around the lake makes it even better for a summer getaway. Stocked with rainbow trout, kokanee, crappie, catfish, yellow perch, largemouth bass etc., Angle Lake is one of the prominent places for fishing round the year. Angle Lake offers playground, and courts for kids along with the very famous spray water park play area. Angle Lake is a venue for many community events as well, like SeaTac International Festival which are worth a visit.

Opening Hours : 8:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Popular Activities : Boating, fishing, picnic, swimming, etc.

Amenities : Open recreational area, water Spray Park, restrooms, walking trail etc.

Parking : Available

Wheelchair : Accessible

Distance from Seattle : 14.9 miles

Address : 19408 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA 98188

9. Haller Lake, Seattle

Haller Lake, Seattle

Sitting in the neighbourhood of Seattle towards its north end, Haller Lake is a small yet enchanting lake in the Haller lake street end park. Haller Lake is popular among the local visitors for its windy and lovely pathway along with the extraordinary nature’s beauty. Bird watching is one of the prominent activities around the lake. The winter season calls for some wildlife fun as coots, ruddy ducks, shovelers, buffleheads, gadwalls, cormorants etc. can be spotted during this time. Picnic and fishing can be enjoyed round the year around the lake.

Opening Hours : 06:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Amenities : Restrooms, cafes, playgrounds, walking trails etc.

Parking : Parking available

Distance from Seattle : 9.0 miles

Address : 1898 N 125th St, Seattle, WA 98133, United States

10. Lake Crescent, Seattle

Lake Crescent, Seattle

Nestled on the Olympic Mountains, Lake Crescent is a picturesque lake with stunning blue water and alluring clarity. Lake Crescent is surrounded by the recreational area around Spruce Railroad, Pyramid Mountain trails and Marymere falls sprawled over 2,100 hectares of pretty location. Apart from beautiful lakes, there are some swimming pools and diving area such as ‘Devils Punch Bowl’ giving an essence of adventure around the lake. Lake Crescent is an ideal place for camping as it is neighboured by various camping grounds. Fishing, kayaking, hiking and swimming are other famous activities that can be enjoyed ay Lake Crescent.

Admission Fee : USD 10 per person
USD 25 per vehicle

Parking : On site parking Available

Activities : Fishing, kayaking, hiking, swimming, camping etc.

Distance from Seattle : 103.9 miles

Location : Clallam County, Washington, USA

Explore the alluring water in the midst of Seattle city and visit the top 7 lakes in Seattle for connecting with the nature. If we missed any pretty lake around the area, do let us know in the comments section below.

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