Lake Washington (map) is the signature freshwater lake situated between Seattle and the Eastside. It is the second largest natural lake in the state of Washington and is connected to Puget Sound via Lake Union and the Lake Washington ship canal. Sound and ocean going boat traffic from Lake Washington travels through the Montlake cut, Lake Union, the Fremont cut, and then the Hiram M. Chittenden “Ballard” Locks in its journey to the open water. Lake Washington is about 214 feet deep and 33.8 square miles.
The Burke-Gilman Trail, Matthews Beach Park, Warren G. Magnuson Park, University of Washington Husky Stadium, the Washington Arboretum, and Seward Park are just a few of the Seattle-side attractions along Lake Washington. A few of the public features along the east side of the lake includes Kenmore air harbor, Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland Marina, Carillon Point, Enetai Park, the Mercer Slough, Newcastle Park and Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. Centered in the middle of Lake Washington between Seattle and the Eastside is Mercer Island.
The vast expanse of Lake Washington touches 12 cities (Beaux Arts, Bellevue, Hunts Point, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Medina, Mercer Island, Newcastle, Kirkland, Renton, Seattle, and Yarrow Point) and unincorporated King County (see map).
The Waterfront Report provides listing and sales data for private waterfront homes sited on major bodies of water in the greater Seattle-Eastside region. It includes an analysis of waterfront information including average cost per waterfront foot, average cost per square foot, and average sale price for Seattle, Mercer Island, Eastside and Lake Sammamish.
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