Rattlesnake Lake: A Great Place to Fish

 Posted by on June 20, 2012 at 5:51 am  Outdoors  No Responses »
Jun 202012
 
Rattlesnake Ridge looking over Rattlesnake Lake

Rattlesnake Ridge looking over Rattlesnake Lake

Last week, my friend Rob and I went trout fishing at Rattlesnake Lake. Unfortunately, the weather was not cooperative. It was cloudy, misty, and only in the 50s. The wind gusts made us bobble in our float tubes.

Old tree stumps on Rattlesnake Lake

Old tree stumps on Rattlesnake Lake

The fishing was slow by any measure — I only got a few bites all morning! I attributed the lack of action to the low pressure system which seems to tamper the bite. Only a few other fishermen were out on the water and none of them seemed to have any luck either except for one guy fishing chironomids from a pram in the middle of the lake. I didn’t have my anchor for my float tube with me so I’ll have to wait until next time to fish chironomids at Rattlesnake.

Float tube on Rattlesnake Lake

Float tube on Rattlesnake Lake

Despite the dreary weather and lack of action, the trip to Rattlesnake Lake was quite enjoyable. I saw a couple of bald eagles soaring overhead looking for a trout breakfast. The old growth tree stumps jutting up like ghosts from the depths. The ever-present Rattlesnake Ridge standing protectively over the lake. A remarkable place to spend a morning.

 

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Rattlesnake Lake Walk Near North Bend

 Posted by on April 4, 2012 at 6:03 am  Family, Outdoors  No Responses »
Apr 042012
 
Rattlesnake Lake with Rattlesnake Ledge in background

Rattlesnake Lake with Rattlesnake Ledge in background

If you are looking for a nice easy walk on a peaceful lake close to Seattle, I highly recommend Rattlesnake Lake near North Bend.

There are several short trails along the east side of the lake that are great for walking your dog or a quick picnic stop. On my walk there a few days ago, I only saw one other party walking around the east side of the lake. When I first saw the lake years ago, I was quite taken aback by the deep turquoise-colored water and the jutting tree stumps especially along the northern shore of the lake. Amazing to see such natural beauty just a half hour from Seattle. The old growth tree stumps and old foundations from Cedar Falls can be seen when the lake is  low.

You can also catch the start (or end depending on your direction) of the Iron Horse Trail (the John Wayne Pioneer Trail) at the lake.

The trail to Rattlesnake Ledge, the prominent rock outcropping overseeing the Lake, is two miles to the top with an elevation gain of 1,160 feet. If you hike up Rattlesnake Ledge, be careful as a hiker had a fatal fall a couple of weeks ago. Make sure your kids are close by on this hike.

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