Sporting all kinds of fishing opportunities including crappie, trout, bass and perch, Lake Washington is the second largest natural lake in the state of Washington.
Located near Seattle, and named after President George Washington, in the Washington Territory.
Known as a ribbon lake because of its long, finger like qualities, Lake Washington was created by glaciers. Fed by over a dozen small creeks, during the construction of the Lake Washington Ship Canal in 1916, Cedar River was diverted to the lake and it became the primary source of water for Lake Washington. After being used as a sewage dump, Lake Washington has undergone major improvements, significantly improving the water quality and making the water twice as clear as it was in 1950.
Mercer Island lives at the center of the lake and connects Seattle to Bellevue, the third largest city in the area, and Issaquah, which is ranked the 2nd fastest-growing suburb in the state. Lake Washington, averages about 110 feet in depth and the deepest spot, northwest the Island, is about 220 feet. Mercer Island offers lots of trees, sandy beaches and serenity.
Surrounded by several towns and cities at its banks, you can not only visit home of the Space Needle, Seattle, but also Lake Forest Park, known for nature preserves and parks. Hunts Point is the home of Seahawks Head Coach, Pete Carroll. And the quaint Beaux Arts Village is the smallest municipal jurisdiction in the county. With a population, slightly over 300, the village was originally founded as an artist’s colony. Referring to themselves as “villagers,” they can enjoy the use of a private beach maintained by resident volunteers. The narrow tree-lined streets have a unique mix of old-fashioned and modern homes.