Washington Waterfronts Blog

It's hard to believe this incredibly sunny video was captured in mid-November!

Mariner's Cove is situated in the Northeast portion of Whidbey Island just 15 minutes outside of Oak Harbor. This boating community offers both Puget Sound waterfront homes and canal front homes with deep water moorage for your vessel.

 

 

Mariner's Cove on Whidbey Island features a coffer dam to keep the water level high year round. Such a cool boating community!

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Deception Pass is another one of the most beautiful parks in all of Washington, set at the edge of the dazzling waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the north end of Whidbey Island. The state's most visited 4,134-acre marine park spans a breathtaking saltwater canyon with ocean waterfalls swirling through during tidal changes and rugged cliffs plunging down to meet stunning emerald green waters.

Many cross the landmark bridge that connects Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island, stopping to view the amazing hue of the water as well as the swift current phenomenon. Thrill-seeking kayakers come to this area during large tide changes to surf standing waves and brave the class 2 and 3 rapids.

There is much more to the park than peering over that edge,

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Lake Sammamish is a beautiful freshwater lake located 15 miles east of Seattle and just a few miles west of Issaquah. If you're looking for a peaceful, secluded lake that is more tranquil than those closer to the big city, Lake Sammamish is ideal.

One of the best places to enjoy it is by visiting the 512-acre day-use park, Lake Sammamish State Park featuring nearly 7,000 feet of waterfront. The park also includes diverse natural wetlands, a salmon-bearing creek, a great blue heron rookery and one of the largest freshwater beaches in the greater Seattle area.

How to get there

From Seattle, take Interstate 90 east to exit 15 for WA-900 E/17th Ave NW.  Turn left, following 17th Ave NW to NW Sammamish Road. Turn left onto NW Sammamish Road and the

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Seattle's largest park is a massive 534 acres set upon the shores of Puget Sound rising up to Magnolia Bluff overlooking the glistening waters. Magnificent views of the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges as well as nearly 12 miles of walking trails, two miles of protected tidal beaches, sheer sea cliffs, open meadows, forests, streams and sand dunes can all be found in its diverse terrain.

The park is also home to West Point Lighthouse and the majority of the Fort Lawton Historic District is found within the park's borders.

What you need to know about visiting

Discovery Park is located about 5 miles northwest of downtown Seattle at 3801 West Government Way in the Magnolia neighborhood. There is no cost to get in, or to park. Keep in mind

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Sequim Bay State Park can be found on the eastern end of Sequim on the northern coast of the Olympic Peninsula. This year-round marine camping park offers 92-acres of forested sites as well as nearly 5,000 feet of saltwater coast at the edge of a calm, tranquil bay.

The biggest draw is its location, with the opportunity to take a dip into the cool water on a warm summer day, hop into your boat and sail around the peninsula, drop a crab pot right off the dock or cast your line to catch your own dinner for the evening.

The surrounding area is filled with numerous attractions as well as the opportunity for a myriad of adventures should you wish to get out and explore.

Location

Sequim has practically legendary status for its location in the

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Lake Tapps is a nearly 2,500-acre reservoir in Pierce County about 20 miles east of Tacoma and just north of the City of Bonney Lake. While its shores can be accessed year round, the level of the lake is down throughout winter and early spring, preventing boat access although fishing is possible from its banks.

Parks with access to the lake

Visiting one of the parks along the shores of Lake Tapps is the best way to enjoy the numerous activities available here such as swimming, boating and fishing.

Lake Tapps North Park is set along the north banks of the lake at 1715 198th Avenue East in Bonney Lake while Allan Yorke Park is a popular community park and the biggest in Bonney Lake located at 7203 W Tapps Highway E.

Park and lake activities

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Kalaloch Campground can be found in southwest corner of Olympic National Park, set on the edge of a bluff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. This is the only campground on the south coast of Washington State that offers direct beach access. It features a wide, sandy beach strewn with unique pieces of driftwood and thousands of shells.

Here you'll have the best of both worlds, with panoramic water views to the west and the majestic Olympic Mountains to the east. The park offers especially diverse terrain from the ocean shores to Pacific temperate rainforest and even alpine glaciers.

Location

The campground is situated directly off Highway 101, 5 ½ miles north of Queets. Queets is an unincorporated community set along the Queets River at the

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Fort Ebey State Park can be found on Whidbey Island near the town of Coupeville, featuring three miles of saltwater shoreline along the Strait of Juan de Fuca as well as a freshwater lake. The park was originally a coastal defense fort during World War II, part of the original "Triangle of Death," that protected Puget Sound from invasion with concrete platforms marking the gun locations.

Today, visitors can enjoy saltwater or freshwater fishing, crabbing and other water activities as well as miles and miles of hiking and biking trails found throughout the 645-acre park.

Location

The park and campground is located about two miles north of Coupeville and eight miles south of Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island. The island is connected by the

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Lake Washington is a massive freshwater lake in the Greater Seattle area, bordered by Seattle to the west, Bellevue and Kirkland to the east, Renton on the south end, Kenmore on the north end and it surrounds Mercer Island - the most populated island in a lake within the nation with a population of nearly 23, 000 residents.

This is the second largest lake in the state of Washington at nearly 34 square miles. There are many places to access its shores throughout the region. Beaches, parks and restaurants are numerous around the entire shoreline. If you don't have your own boat or other watercraft, there are a several places that offer boat, kayak and canoe rentals allowing visitors to get out on the water.

Seafair

One of the biggest events of

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There are 18 active lighthouses in the state of Washington as well as several still standing inactive lights and one serving as a museum. Washington's coast is home to some of the most interesting and beautiful lighthouses in the country. These beacons of safety for sailors around the world have played an important role in the development of ocean travel for many years. Today, they are featured in many popular photographs and many enjoy exploring them to get a glimpse of maritime history.

Here is a look at the top five must-visit lighthouses in Washington.

New Dungeness Lighthouse

The New Dungeness Lighthouse is one of the oldest in the Pacific Northwest and located at the tip of the 5-mile long Dungeness Spit in Sequim on the northern coast

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