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Lake Tapps North Park

Location: 2022 – 198th Ave. E., Lake Tapps Wa 98391 (Map)

6/2020 update – North Lake Tapps Park is Open with Limited Access

After several months of construction, North Lake Tapps Park reopened to the public with limited access. The boat launch and trailer parking are open.  Launch parking is $15.00 and we are asking boaters to limit their stay to 4 hours to allow others to use the launch and enjoy the lake. 

Restrooms will be open and available for use. The west and central peninsulas are both closed through the month of June and parking at the north and east adjacent to these areas are also closed. Pierce County Parks expects to open the remaining park peninsulas by early July.  Vehicle parking is $7.00 and $3.50 for seniors. Due to the limited space available, we are asking visitors to limit their stay to 2 hours.  

Adjusted park hours are from Monday though Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the boat launch will be open 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Thank you for your support and patience through this phased reopening period, we hope that you continue to stay safe, follow proper social distancing, and keep yourself and others healthy.


Lake Tapps North Park is a public park on the north end of Lake Tapps. Owned and operated by Pierce County. It is a 135-acre park with approximately 10,000 feet of water frontage. Amenities included:

Barbecue grills
Beach access
Boat ramp
Seasonal concession stand
Picnic tables
Designated Swimming Cove

Park Hours
During the summer months parking is limited. Gates are closed to vehicles and boats when parking is full.

Open 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from April through September.
Open 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from October through March.

No vehicle entry to the park after 7:00 p.m. from April through September.
No vehicle entry to the park after 3:30 p.m. from October through March.

Boat Launch Ramp Availability

Typically the lake level is full in late May and begins to drop in the middle of September. The boat launch is closed November through March Cascade Water Alliance controls the draining and refilling of the water level at Lake Tapps. Click here to view current water levels.

Fees – Lake Tapps North Park

Parking and launch fees are charged May through September based upon the following schedule:

Weekends Only:
May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21, 2017
September 9, 10, 16, 17, 2017

May 27-September 4, 2017
Fees can be paid via cash, check and/or Visa/MasterCard at the gatekeeper booth upon entrance to the park. All fees subject to change.

Parking Fees:
$7.00 – Vehicles and motorcycles
$3.50 – Seniors (62 and older) / persons with disabilities
Disabled American Veterans exempt with valid Washington State Parks Veterans Pass.
To have a State Parks Veteran Pass application mailed to you, please call (360) 902-8500 or email

Boat Launch Fees per launch:
$15.00 – With a trailer, per launch (includes parking)
$5.00 – Seniors (62 and older) / persons with disabilities with or without trailer, per launch

Boat Launch and Parking Passes
$100.00 – Combined Boat Launch / Parking Pass
$70.00 – Parking Pass

Pass Information:
Passes are valid for one boat launch per day.
Passes need to be placed where easily visible in your vehicle or boat.
Passes are accepted only when parking is available.

Boat launch passes are available to purchase on a seasonal basis. Passes are for immediate family use and
are non-transferable. Family means one or more persons related by blood or marriage (or adoption), living
as a single housekeeping unit.

Passes are used for recreational purposes only, not for personal financial gain.
Passes can be purchased at the gate upon entering the park or at the Parks Administration Office in
Lakewood (9112 Lakewood Drive SW, Lakewood WA 98499).

? Please Remember:
Always wear your life vest, even you are considered a good swimmer.
Lake Tapps is a glacier fed lake and is very cold even in the early summer. Be cautious of hypothermia.
At times there is milfoil in lake and swimming can be dangerous.
Be aware of the motorized vehicles around you, they do not have brakes.
Always think ahead and make good decisions.
Be safe and have fun!