Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area, North Bend

4.7
#2 of 9 in Parks in North Bend
Rattlesnake Lake is a lake in King County, Washington, located in Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area some east of Seattle.
The town of Moncton existed from 1906–1915 around the northern edge of Rattlesnake Lake. In the spring of 1915, it was destroyed by flooding caused by seepage of water from the newly created Chester Morse Lake into Rattlesnake Lake, and later condemned. Hardly any traces remain.
Rattlesnake Lake is part of the Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area, which is owned and managed by Seattle Public Utilities as a non-development buffer to the protected municipal watershed lands. The watershed supplies 65% of the Seattle region’s unfiltered drinking water to nearly 800,000 people. However, Rattlesnake Lake itself is not used for drinking water and is spring-fed by the nearby Cedar River.
Rattlesnake Lake attracts many people during the summer. The Rattlesnake Ledge Hiking Trail ascends 1,160 feet over two miles of well maintained switchbacks from the north shore of the lake to the scenic Rattlesnake Ledge viewpoint that overlooks the lake.
Fishing is also popular, as the lake is one of two catch-and-release-only waters in the North Puget Sound area.
The lake has many tree stumps which are exposed when the water level is low enough. The exposed stumps are often used by birds as nesting sites.
The spacious, grassy shores around the lake are used for many outdoor activities, including slacklining and picnicking.
Using our custom trip planner, North Bend attractions like Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Source
Create an itinerary including Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
59 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • Had the chance to go there for a short walk yesterday, and very much enjoyed our walk. The lake covered with tree stumps, and the mountains in the background, give this place all of its charm! Great p...  more »
  • This park is very nice and in the summer the water is very hot. You can paddleboard, swim, or relax on the beach.
    View original
Google
  • This place is BEAUTIFUL!!! The only reason why it's not a 5 is because there was a LOT of people there, and almost no place to park, even though the weather wasn't the nicest. However, the lake is super fun to swim in, and there are plenty of things to do like playing with the rocks/sand. If it wasn't so busy, I would be here a lot more!
  • The hike to rattlesnake ledge was about 4 miles round trip, moderately strenuous as it's up hill, but is shaded with forest all but the summit. The view from the top is spectacular, very worth the effort! We went during the week, in the early afternoon and there was a fair amount of other hikers, of all ages.

Plan your trip to North Bend

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in North Bend

4.4
Duration: 6​h
5.0
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Side trips from North Bend

4.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min
5.0
Duration: 2​h 30​min
5.0
Duration: 4​h

Hidden gems in North Bend

4.5
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.5
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.2
Duration: 2​h

Trails in North Bend

4.0
Duration: 2​h 30​min
3.1
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Shopping in North Bend

3.3
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Nearby attractions in North Bend

4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Plans to Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area by other users

6 days in Leavenworth BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Issaquah BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Redmond BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 48 days in Seattle BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 4 days in Leavenworth BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans