SPARKLING LAKES The Peninsula is known for its beautiful lakes, which offer a variety of recreational opportunities for the entire family. Here we highlight a few watery gems that can be enjoyed by people of all ages:
About 20 minutes from Port Townsend, Anderson Lake State Park is a day-use park encompassing 476 acres with 8,250 feet of freshwater shoreline on the 70-acre lake. Anderson Lake is one of the few parks in the area to offer equestrian and bike trails. Non-motorized boating is allowed, but in past seasons the lake was closed to all water activity due to recurring toxic algae issues. LELAND LAKE For more lake information, visit parks. state.wa.us/240/Anderson-Lake.
Nestled in the northern foothills of the Olympic Mountains, Lake Crescent lies about 18 miles west of Port Angeles. Leland Lake is a located near Quilcene, The pristine azure waters of this deep, and is popular for fishing. glacially carved lake make it an ideal The lake is stocked with a variety of destination for those in search of natural species of fish seasonally. The sheltered lake is also a popular kayak- beauty. Picnic and swimming areas and boat ing destination. launches can be found at both the east and A boat ramp, dock, picnic areas and a west ends of the lake. variety of campsites make Leland Lake a A variety of trails encourage visitors to popular family camping spot. stretch their legs and snap a photo or two. For more information, visit Jefferson Spruce Railroad Trail, an 8-mile roundCounty Parks and Recreation at countyrec. trip hike, runs along the scenic north shore com.
of the lake. The trail dates back to 1918 when the U.S. Army built a railroad track for wood to make airplane frames for World War I. Though millions of dollars were spent, the railway wasn’t completed until 19 days after the war ended. The rails were removed, but the trail remains for hikers and mountain bikers to enjoy. The turnoff from U.S. Highway 101 to Olympic National Park’s Storm King Ranger Station leads to several picnic tables nestled in the trees, and sites along the shoreline provide the perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch or dinner. Last-minute lunch supplies can be purchased at Shadow Mountain General Store, along U.S. Highway 101, or at Fairholm General Store on the west end of the lake. The Storm King Ranger Station area includes restrooms, access to potable water, a ranger station, a boat launch and trails. The popular trail to Marymere Falls (p. 130) also starts from the ranger station.
Lake Pleasant Community Beach Park near Beaver offers visitors almost two acres and 208 lineal feet of lake perfect for fishing, swimming, kayaking and camping. Boat launches, loading and mooring docks and boat trailer parking are available for those wanting to get out on the water. A playground, picnic area and public restrooms make the lake a great spot to stop during the drive to coastal attractions. Year-round fishing is available. For more information about the park, visit clallam.net/Parks/lakepleasant.html. For information about Lake Pleasant RV Park, visit lakepleasantrvpark.com.
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