North Lake Tapps Park
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.
- Barbecue grills and coal dumps
- Beach access and new pocket beach water access
- Improved bulkhead and extended boat ramp
- Picnic tables, BBQ grills, and coal dumps
- Peninsula walking path which ends at a Mt. Rainier viewpoint
- Life jacket self serve kiosk during the summer months
Reservations are NOT accepted at North Lake Tapps County Park at this time. All accessible picnic/park areas are first-come, first-served.
The park is open during the following schedule, unless otherwise posted:
- July 4th - Open 6:00 a.m. until the end of the Tapps' Island Fireworks Show. All visitors must exit the park no later than ½ hour after the show ends.
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 a foot per day.
- 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.
The boat launch and trailer parking are open for public use. Launch parking is $15.00. Vehicle parking is $7.00 and $3.50 for seniors. Parking passes are also available for purchase.
Parking - 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, park entry restrictions, and have an alternate destination in mind if the park has reached capacity.
For overall public safety, and to ensure orderly, manageable access to the park, walk-in access will not be allowed when parking has reached capacity.
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. Once parking reaches capacity, entrance into the park will be restricted to one car out, and one car in practice.
There may be times that general parking is full while boat parking has availability or vice versa. In those circumstances, the parking with open availability (boat and/or the general public) will be allowed through the gate for access.
Parking along 198th Ave E, 13th St. Ct. E, and 12th St. E, and the surrounding side streets is prohibited at all times. These streets are high-traffic roads, private driveways, and residential neighborhoods which are not permitted for park visitors.