Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area & Trails – Utilities

COVID-19 Message

Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area reopens; Ledge Trail remains closed


Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area in North Bend reopens on June 11 for boating, fishing, swimming, and picnicking only. No hiking! Rattlesnake Ledge Trail remains closed. Visitor parking is limited to 70 cars and 10 boat trailers to help maintain social distancing. We will continue to assess and monitor this situation and look forward to reopening the Ledge Trail when we can do so safely for the public and our staff.

Photo of Rattlesnake Lake and Ledge
Rattlesnake Lake and Ledge

The Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area is a day-use area located outside the hydrologic boundaries of the Cedar River Municipal Watershed near North Bend. The lake is located near Interstate 90, exit 32, about 3 miles southeast of North Bend and about 35 miles east of Seattle. The recreation area includes the 111-acre lake, picnic areas, the Rattlesnake Ledge Trail, and parking access to miles of State Park and King County hiking, biking, and horse trails. The recreation area 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. Rattlesnake Lake is not used for drinking water and is spring-fed by the nearby Cedar River.

 

Rules and Regulations:

  • Open dawn to dusk, year-round. Parking is free.
  • NO camping or open fires.
  • Private or exclusive events (gatherings, celebrations, weddings, etc.) of 30 or more people are prohibited.
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s), such as Quadcopters, drones, and model airplanes are prohibited.
  • Portable toilets and lakefront picnic areas. NO drinking water.
  • Water is available at the Cedar River Watershed Education Center.
  • Boat launch: Self-propelled and electric boat motors only.
  • Swimming: NO life guards, swim at your own risk.
  • Fishing: Year-round, Washington State selective gear rules apply.
  • Hunting and gathering is prohibited.
  • Absolutely NO fireworks.
  • NO feeding wildlife.
  • NO commercial activity.

Please take the “Leave No Trace” pledge:

  • Pledge to keep Washington’s trails beautiful! Rattlesnake Ledge Trail belongs to all of us.
  • Respect wildlife. Observe them from a safe distance and pledge not to feed them and keep your pets on a leash.
  • Dispose of waste (human, dog and trash) properly. Pledge to pack it in and pack it out.
  • Preserve the wild experience. Pledge to help create a great trail culture that respects other trail users, yielding the trail and letting the sounds of nature prevail.

 

Rattlesnake Lake Trail

This lake trail is located on the southeast side of the lake and is a mix of barrier-free paved and packed gravel loop trails that access the lake, parking, and the Cedar River Watershed Education Center.

  • Length: 3/4 mile to Cedar River Watershed Education Center
  • Difficulty: Very easy
  • Users: Foot, Bike, ADA Accessible
  • Rattlesnake Lake Trail Map (pdf)
Photo of Rattlesnake Ledge Trail
Rattlesnake Ledge Trail

 

Rattlesnake Ledge Trail and Rattlesnake Mountain Trail

Beginning at Rattlesnake Lake, the