This unusual excursion isn't on a road or trail, but begins with a ride on a dock and continues out into the lake on some off its unique peninsulas. These skinny parallel fingers of land take you from the mainland nearly halfway to Tapps Island.
The largely undeveloped Lake Tapps County Park has 10,000 feet of waterfront, with forests and wetlands in the background. Few people visit in April, although it is one of the state's most crowded parks during swimming and boating season. (It is closed from October 1 through March 31.) Water for Lake Tapps is diverted in a long flume from the White River in Buckley and then returned back to the river downstream. For about a century, the lake served as a reservoir for hydroelectric power, but the water rights were acquired by the Cascade Water Alliance for the future needs of Seattle's eastside cities.
With panoramic views of Mount Rainier and the Olympics, this huge and sprawling lake is a spectacular setting in season. Lake Tapps is located outside the city of Bonney Lake and beyond its bonnie banks.