Saturday, August 28, 2010

Waterski Lakes in Snohomish County

There are 463 lakes in Snohomish County, but only five of them allow water skiing. I posted two of the water ski lakes earlier - Lake Roesiger and Flowing Lake.  The other three are:  Lake Stevens, Lake Goodwin, and Lake Shoecraft.

The largest and most populated of the water ski lakes is Lake Stevens.  The town of Lake Stevens wraps around the lake.  The roads that surround the lake allow every foot of waterfront to be developed.  The cabins of the past have mostly been replaced with mansions now.  The hillsides around the lake are covered with cul-de-sacs and newer homes.  A lot of the new developments have a community dock on a small sliver of lake front.
North Cove Park has a boardwalk fishing ramp.

Ducks at North Cove Park, Lake Stevens
Several parks on Lake Stevens allow access.  The most well-known is Lundeen Park where the annual Lake Stevens Aqua Fest is held in August.

The Museum, which is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, is located in the North Cove Park adjacent to the library.

Lake Goodwin is one of the 7 lakes on the west side of the I-5 freeway between Marysville and Arlington.  Wenberg State Park is familiar to many campers and vacationers.  The park has RV and tent facilities, playground equipment, picnic facilities, a boat ramp, and concession stand.
Swimming area at Wenberg State Park

The Lake Goodwin Community Park is owned and operated by Snohomish County Parks Department.  There are several private RV parks on the lake also.
Picnic shelter at Lake Goodwin Community Park

Fishing Dock at Lake Goodwin Community Park

Lake Shoecraft, the last of the water skiing lakes, doesn't have as much public access and is smaller and less well-known than its neighbor, Lake Goodwin.
There may be other access points, but this is the only one we found on Lake Shoecraft.  On a sunny day in August, there was only one vehicle in the parking lot at the boat launch off 56th Street.
Roads access Lake Shoecraft from all sides, so the entire lake is ringed with houses.