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Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area, North Bend

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Rattlesnake Lake is a lake in King County, Washington, located in Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area some east of Seattle.HistoryThe town of Moncton existed from 1906–1915 around the northern edge of Rattlesnake Lake. In the spring of 1915, it was destroyed by flooding caused by seepage of water from the newly created Chester Morse Lake into Rattlesnake Lake, and later condemned. Hardly any traces remain.ManagementRattlesnake Lake is part of the Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area, which is owned and managed by Seattle Public Utilities as a non-development buffer to the protected municipal watershed lands. The watershed supplies 65% of the Seattle region’s unfiltered drinking water to nearly 800,000 people. However, Rattlesnake Lake itself is not used for drinking water and is spring-fed by the nearby Cedar River.AttractionsRattlesnake Lake attracts many people during the summer. The Rattlesnake Ledge Hiking Trail ascends 1,160 feet over two miles of well maintained switchbacks from the north shore of the lake to the scenic Rattlesnake Ledge viewpoint that overlooks the lake.Fishing is also popular, as the lake is one of two catch-and-release-only waters in the North Puget Sound area.The lake has many tree stumps which are exposed when the water level is low enough. The exposed stumps are often used by birds as nesting sites.The spacious, grassy shores around the lake are used for many outdoor activities, including slacklining and picnicking.
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  • Especially gorgeous in a drought year. When the lake is dry, the tree trunks are bare as well as the root system. Really cool! Fun area next to the building. Water system drips water on drums at certa...  more »
  • This is a bit unknown outside of the area- but locals know its a great place to get in a canoe or inflatable raft on a nice day- or just dip your toes in after you go on the hike to the top of the rid...  more »
  • I've been going to the Rattlesnake Lake area for many years to hike and enjoy the place. About seven or eight years ago everything changed. Other people found it--many, many other people--and are lovi...  more »