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The Best Lakes near North Bend

Rattlesnake Lake

Rattlesnake Lake has it all! Water, plenty of trails to hike, barbeque pits, and plenty of places to hammock. Its only about a hour from Seattle yet it offers so much. It is highly recommend to bring friends and family if they’ve never been to the lake. This is a perfect place for a day trip to the lake in North Bend.

Drone shot of Rattlesnake Lake


Snow Lake

This is one of the most interesting and beautiful hikes that you’ll ever do. There are so many things to see on they way to Snow Lake. It is very scenic throughout, but a lot of the trail to the lake is pure rocks and boulders. Be sure to wear hiking boots or shoes and there is a lot to see on the way up to the lake’s viewpoint.

Beautiful day at Snow Lake


Lake Sawyer

This is the perfect lake to paddle around when you are staying in North Bend. Around the lake there is a good mix of fancy houses and wildlife. You won’t miss the stunning view of Mount Rainier in the distance when you are at Lake Sawyer. It is also a great lake for fishing, boating, and water skiing.

Mount Rainier in the distance from Lake Sawyer


Blanca Lake

This is arguably one of the best hikes to do in Washington state. Blanca Lake will have you in a euphoric state once you reach its clear blue waters. But, the trail is not easy and is not for beginners. Don’t worry though, the reward when you reach the lake is well worth the journey. The hike will take a couple of hours, but the photos that you take at the lake will be exceptional.

Multitude of colors at Blanca Lake


Pine Lake

The park that contains Pine Lake is fantastic, but there is limited parking. The park has a playground, swings, lake access, gazebo that can be reserved, and other picnic areas. Pine Lake is a great lake for kayaking during the summer and fishing on the dock. There is truly something special about Pine Lake that you’ll want to see for yourself.

Beautiful reflections over Pine Lake.


Clark Lake

If you are willing to drive to Kent, this is truly a hidden gem. The park is great for picnics or an easy hike on the trail there. There’s only a small portion of lake access, but the boardwalks going through the wetlands are as interesting. Here you can take beautiful pictures and have walks with friends and family.

Reflection of Clark Lake


Beaver Lake

This is a great place to do a family photo shoot if you are looking for an aesthetic area of the Pacific Northwest. In the park there is a lake, a nice path, great trees, and a wooden bridge which make cool settings. Also, the park has an interesting cabin that you can explore and enter. The park itself is well maintained and there is limited parking. Still you’ll love the trees around the park which are very green.

After sunset at Beaver Lake


Lake Wilderness

Lake Wilderness is more than just a lake. You are able to enjoy walks on trail that run through the arboretum. This is an amazing place for people of all ages including children. You’ll often see people walking their dog around the lake on a leash. It’s also a great place to see wildlife and it has a view of Mt Rainier from some angles.

Ducklings swimming with their mother in Lake Wilderness


Lake Sammamish

Lake Sammamish is inside a state park and is very clean with loads of space and parking. Long walking trails start at the bridge near the beach and they are quite great. The park is a great place to do a family or group picnic, but keep your music low since people come to the park to relax. The lake itself is used by boats, scuba divers, fishermen, and water skiers.

Entryway into Lake Sammamish


Green Lake

This is a great place to take a stroll in all times of the year, but especially in the fall when the trees are vibrant. The trail in Green Lake park is a 2.8 mile loop. It is flat and encircles the entirety of Green Lake. It will take around an hour to walk around the lake, but if you run it will be quicker. The lake is also full of wild life and scenery even though it was man-made. On top of that, the lake is conveniently located near cafes and restaurants which is great options for curbing hunger.