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.
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.
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.