Such a great day trip if you are trying to find something picturesque but semi close to the city. Rattlesnake Lake is open year round, and is only about 30 miles east of Seattle. There’s a great hike to Rattlesnake Ledge, that is only about 2 miles one way to get there. We didn’t attempt that this day, but it was gorgeous!
The girls had fun chasing the dog around, and playing from stump to stump…there were a lot. But overall a great and very popular walking and picnic area. We will definitely be visiting again!
Rules and Regulations
A couple of notes, taken from the state information website about this lake:
- 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.