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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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  • I've always heard people talking about Rattlesnake Ridge. I'll do that hike another day. Spending the day just at the lake was a nice way to spend the day. Being late in the fall, the water in the lak...  more »
  • 非常美麗的地方,或許是冬季,非常少遊客,還飄著淡淡的雪,冬季水位低,所以可以在湖邊走走,看鮭魚逆流,數量非常的多、ㄧ群ㄧ群奮力向上游。真的是好感動。夏天應該是另一種風景的美。許多的木頭上都有ㄧ雙眼睛,超級可愛的~  more »
  • !Great day hike and view at the top! Gradual climb to top and had lunch when arrived with a great view of valley below!  more »