North Lake Tapps Park

About

This popular swimming and boat launch area is located on the north side of Lake Tapps. A largely undeveloped 135 acre site with approximately 10,000 feet of waterfront access including a sandy swimming area. North Lake Tapps County Park offers spectacular views of Mount Rainier to the south and is a great place for kids and adults to swim. 

2022 - 198th Ave. E.
Bonney Lake, WA 98391 

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General Parking Availability

To learn more about seasonal parking fees, view the fees page.

Park Amenities

  • Beach access and new pocket beach water access 
  • Improved bulkhead and extended boat ramp
  • Picnic tables, BBQ grills, and coal dumps
  • Restrooms
  • Trails
  • Peninsula walking path which ends at a Mt. Rainier viewpoint 
  • Life jacket self-serve kiosk during the summer months

All accessible picnic/park areas are first-come, first-served.

Boat Launch Parking Reservation

Reservations can be made 30 days in advance. For more information, view the fees page.

Parking & Park Access - Know Before You Go

During the summer months, come early on hot days and weekends. General public and boat parking are limited. Those planning to visit the park should be prepared for traffic congestion, and potential park entry restrictions, and have an alternate destination in mind if the park has reached capacity. 

Pierce County Parks does not manage, authorize, approve, or promote any off-site parking outside of the park gate. Parking in neighborhoods, schools, or on roadways marked "No Parking" is strictly prohibited and may result in your vehicle being towed at the owner’s expense.  Please refer to the updates on the parking availability within the park.

Visitors may enter the park on a first-come, first-served basis. Parks staff, and in certain circumstances Pierce County Sheriff Deputies, will monitor and determine when parking availability is at capacity.

Seasonal Park Hours

The park is open during the following schedule unless otherwise posted:

  • Spring and Summer 
    • April through September
    • Open 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
    • No new vehicles are allowed to enter the park after 7:00 p.m. 
  • Fall and Winter
    • October through March 
    • Open 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • No new vehicles are allowed to enter the park after 3:00 p.m.

The park is closed on the following Federal Holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Boat Launch Ramp Availability

Normally the lake is not at full capacity until late May. Mid to late September the lake level will begin to lower daily below the recreational water level elevation.

  • The boat launch is closed from November through March

Cascade Water Alliance controls the draining and refilling of the water level at Lake Tapps. View current water levels from Cascade Water Alliance’s website.