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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  • The Rattlesnake Lake Recreation area and the adjoining Cedar River Watershed Education Center are not to be missed. Hiking trial around the lake and up to the top of Rattlesnake are nice hikes some hi...  more »
  • Based on feedback from travelers chose this park for a first acquaintance with nature of Washington. Just want to say that if you want to see a beautiful view of the mountains, you have to sweat. Lifting on mountain not so easy and took about 1.30 minutes. (we still did not stop and walked on average rate). When it climbed to the top, then were stunned this kind! You can see hundreds of beautiful images of this location, but believe neither conveys the beauty! If you have time, be sure to go and be able to see everything with your own eyes. The same important points: 1. Parking is free and you can park at the roadside. 2. Entrance too free 3. There are toilets at the bottom, before you start the upgrade. 4. Tyre you need in comfortable shoes, because the rise occurs along the path (equipped with steps or paths not)
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  • Wonderful setting with gorgeous scenery Mountains and lake great place for family & friends outings picnics etc fishing canoeing walking. Great  more »
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  • Rattlesnake Lake is a nice lake to visit and photograph. Nice walking trails.
  • Nice place to swim and hike. Cant get to the waterfall without going on the tour but lots of other things to do. Make sure to check out the Cedar River Watershed Edu Center.
  • Beautiful place, In 2018 summer I wish to start hike with rattle snake. Loved it.
  • A good workout with a great view!
  • Easy hike with a few things to scramble over. Good intro for young kids.
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