Lake Tapps North Park

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2022 - 198th Ave. E.

Bonney Lake, WA 98391
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Open House

What will Lake Tapps County Park look like
in 10 years?

Thursday, April 27, 2017
5:30-7:30 PM
North Tapps Middle School Commons Room

20029 - 12th St. E.
Bonney Lake, WA 98391

Help shape its future.

Pierce County Parks and Recreation held an ‘online open house’ in 2016 to gather public input and understand needed improvements and priorities at the park.  The April 27th Open House is a follow up to hear more from the community and to capture projects for the 2018-2023 budget.

GOAL: Improve visitor experience at Lake Tapps County Park by:

  • Improving parking and circulation
    Parking is currently limited at Lake Tapps Park creating numerous conflicts on county roads and for local residents.  Before new activities are added to the park, additional parking must be constructed and traffic conflicts need to be addressed.
  • Expanding activities throughout the park
    Providing more activities such as playgrounds, a splash park or beach volleyball, will create a variety of family gathering or recreational activities while enjoying the waterfront or forested areas.  
  • Expanding access to the shoreline
    Among the greatest assets at Lake Tapps Park is the shoreline access and the views. Most people visiting Lake Tapps come to simply enjoy time near the water.  A goal of this effort is to consider ways to open waterfront to more visitors.

About the Park

This popular swimming and boat launch area is located on the north side of Lake Tapps. A largely undeveloped135 acre site with approximately 10,000 feet of waterfront access including a sandy swimming area. Lake Tapps North Park offers spectacular views of Mount Rainier to the south and is a great place for kids and adults to swim.

The park has several amenities including:
  • Barbecue grills
  • Beach access
  • Boat ramp
  • Seasonal concession stand
  • Picnic tables
  • Restrooms
  • Trails

Park Hours

During the summer months, come early on hot days and weekends. Parking is limited and the gates are closed to vehicles and boats when parking is full.

  • Open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. from April through September.
    • No new vehicles allowed to enter the park after 7 p.m. from April through September.
  • Open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. from October through March.
    • No entry after 3:30 p.m. October-March.
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 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.

Park Fees


The park is located at 2002 198th Avenue East, off of 12th Street East in Sumner. Print directions / map to North Lake Tapps Park.
Directions From I-5
  • Take exit 127 (Puyallup / Mt. Rainier) and head east to Highway 512
  • Merge onto WA-167 North towards Seattle
  • Take the Stewart Road / 8th Street East exit toward Pacific / Milton
  • Turn east (right) onto 8th Street East / Stweart Road SW
  • 8th Street East / Stewart Road SW becomes Lake Tapps Parkway East
  • Lake Tapps Parkway East becomes 9th Street East
  • Go approximately one block to entrance of park
From SR 410 in Sumner
  • Take the 166th Avenue East exit and head north (left) on 166th
  • Stay on Sumner Tapps Highway as it bends east (right) and turns into 16th Street East. Then it will bend north and turn into 182nd Avenue East
  • Turn right on 9th Street East which bends gradually and turns into 12th Street East
  • Turn right on 198th Avenue East and go approximately one block to park entrance