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Boating At Lake Washington In Washington State

By AA-Boats & Boating Staff Writers

Lake Washington, Washington

Free Public Boating & Watersport Activities

Lake Washington, situated in the heart of the Seattle metropolitan area in Washington state, is a picturesque freshwater lake that attracts locals and visitors alike. Its central location offers easy access to a variety of nearby attractions, including beautiful parks, waterfront restaurants, and scenic bike paths, making it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and those seeking leisurely strolls along the shoreline.

Boating is a cherished activity on Lake Washington, and the lake's expansive waters provide ample opportunities for boaters to explore its beauty. Several marinas dot the lake's shores, offering convenient access for boaters and providing a range of services, from boat slips to fueling stations, to enhance the boating experience.

For water sports enthusiasts, Lake Washington is a paradise. Popular water sports such as water skiing, wakeboarding, and paddleboarding are regularly enjoyed on the lake's calm waters, attracting thrill-seekers and those seeking a fun and active day on the water.

Boat launch ramps are strategically positioned around the lake, providing easy entry points for boaters to access the water. These launch ramps ensure a smooth launch and retrieval process, making it convenient for boat owners to embark on their boating adventures.

For those without their own boats, rental boats are available for a day of exploration on Lake Washington. Rental options vary, from kayaks and canoes for a peaceful paddling experience to pontoon boats for a leisurely cruise with friends and family. Renting a boat allows visitors to enjoy the lake's beauty without the commitment of boat ownership.

The cities surrounding Lake Washington, such as Seattle, Bellevue, and Kirkland, add to the lake's allure. These vibrant cities offer a variety of dining, shopping, and cultural experiences to complement a day of boating and water activities.

The boating season on Lake Washington typically runs from late spring to early fall when the weather is most favorable for outdoor water recreation. During this time, boaters can make the most of the lake's inviting waters and scenic surroundings.

Fishing is also popular on Lake Washington, with anglers seeking a diverse range of fish species, including bass, trout, and perch. The lake's abundance of fish provides an excellent opportunity for fishing enthusiasts to cast their lines and reel in their catch.

For those who want to extend their stay and immerse themselves in nature, camping facilities are available nearby Lake Washington, providing the chance to experience the serenity of the lake's surroundings and enjoy a tranquil camping experience.

Boating, camping and fishing.

Surrounded by towns and cities, Lake Washington is a nice escape to the great outdoors. This 22,000-acre lake in northwest Washington, is positioned between Seattle to the west and Bellevue to the east. The lake is only 16 ft above sea level, and is the second largest natural lake in the state. Numerous marinas and boat launch ramps serve the boating public. There are several locations offering boats for rent, including pleasure boats, canoes, kayaks, fishing boats and pontoons. A couple nearby campgrounds and RV parks are the only camping options as there are no facilities at the lake. Over 80 miles of shoreline, much of which is lined with boat docks, await anglers eager to cast for bass, crappie and sunfish. Also residing in the lake are trout, salmon and steelhead. This combination of warm-water species and cold-water species provides anglers with many appealing choices.

Area Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NEARBY
RV Hookups: NEARBY
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: YES


Lake Pleasant RV Park - 425 487-1785

Trailer Inns RV Park of Bellevue - 425 747-9181

Lake Washington Map


Fish species found in Lake Washington include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, green sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, chinook salmon, coho salmon, kokanee salmon, sockeye salmon and steelhead.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Black crappie Rainbow trout Cutthroat trout Green Sunfish Pumpkinseed Sunfish Chinook salmon Coho salmon Kokanee salmon Sockeye salmon Steelhead

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Local Contact Information

Kirkland Homeport Marina
135 Lake St S
Kirkland, WA 98033
425 827-4849

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