Riffe Lake

Mossyrock Dam

Riffe Lake by any other name would still be a fantastic recreational spot. The name confusion for this man-made reservoir in the Seattle and Puget Sound region is because since opening in 1968, it has had two name changes. Originally…

Rock Lake

Channeled Scablands Panoramic View

Deep, dark and mysterious describes Northeast Washington’s Rock Lake. Largest and deepest of the many lakes in the ‘Channeled Scablands’, Rock lake covers over 2000 acres between striking basalt cliffs towering above the surface. Long and narrow, Rock Lake presents…

Williams Lake WA

Channeled Scablands Terrain Near Williams Lake

Delighting anglers in eastern Washington, Williams Lake really serves up the trout! The long and narrow 320-acre lake is located less than 30 miles from Spokane near the little town of Cheney. Although a few homes perch on the northern…

Sun Lakes

Grand Coulee Gorge

All kinds of recreation await visitors to Sun Lakes in Washington’s North Central region. These mostly natural lakes all share a common origin, having formed in the ancient river gorge of the Columbia River. Scientists believe the Grand Coulee Gorge…

Quincy Lakes

Ancient Lakes Panoramic

A surreal landscape greets visitors to north-central Washington’s Quincy Lakes Wildlife Area. Pothole lakes filled by water seeping through porous lava flows have left a number of small fishing lakes that are wildlife havens in this arid landscape. Nearly a…

Barclay Lake

Towering Mountains

Barclay Lake plays a larger part in the recreational opportunities of the Seattle and Puget Sound region of Washington than its size would indicate. Just over 10 acres in size, Barclay Lake is the destination of one of the most…

Florence Lake

Anderson Island Ferry

Florence Lake is special to Seattle and Puget Sound residents. Local tribes were familiar with Anderson Island long before its ‘official’ discovery in 1841. Anderson Island has served as farm land, retirement getaway, and now residential neighborhood to hundreds of…

Vancouver Lake

Aerial View of Vancouver Lake

Lying serenely in the Southwest Region of Washington state, Vancouver Lake provides a quiet respite from the cities of Vancouver, Washington and its neighbor Portland, Oregon. This 2300-acre lake has been here since long before the City of Vancouver developed…

Lake Tapps

Lake Tapps Feeder Canal.

Located in the populous Seattle and Puget Sound Region of Washington, Lake Tapps delivers water supply, recreation and sound fish ecology to residents in the surrounding area. Although a man-made reservoir, there was an original Lake Tapps, much smaller and…

Enchantment Lakes

Talisman Lake Larch Tree

The Enchantment Lakes are very different from the type of lake most people envision when thinking of lakefront vacations. There are no boats, no swimming beaches, and no sunbathers. In fact, there are very few people. That’s because the delicate…

Lake Union

SeattleView from Lake Union

Surrounded by four vibrant urban neighborhoods, Lake Union sits in the heart of Seattle, Washington. From orcas playing in Puget Sound to sea kayakers paddling inland waterways, Seattle is closely tied to the sea and lakes with Lake Union uniting…

Alder Lake

Vacationers planning to visit Mount Rainer need to fit beautiful Alder Lake into their plans. This reservoir in the Southwest Region of Washington offers over 3000 acres of water fun. The sparsely developed lake stretches over seven miles alongside Highway…

Mayfield Lake

Sailing on Mayfield Lake

Mayfield Lake is cradled in the foothills of the Cascades in Lewis County, Washington. This 2,200-acre reservoir is conveniently located close to Mount St. Helens (about 60 miles southeast of the lake), Olympia and the Puget Sound (60 miles northwest),…