North Lake Tapps Park

Installation of new boat ramp.

Boat Ramp and Bulkhead
Project Update


North Lake Tapps Park to partially reopen May 23, 2020

After several months of construction, North Lake Tapps Park will be reopening to the public but with limited access, Saturday, May 23.  Before heading up to the park it is important to know what is available to you and your family.  The boat launch and trailer parking are open for public use.  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 throughout the park will be open and available for use.  The west and central peninsulas are both closed for public use 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, however 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.

About the Project

A comprehensive public process in 2016-2017 helped to define goals for the improvement of North Lake Tapps Park, a 135-acre park with healthy forests, views of Mt. Rainier, waterfront access and shoreline amenities. This process resulted in a Master Plan for the site which was adopted by the Parks Board in 2017. Goals for the improvements included diversifying activities in the park and improving shoreline access and parking. Projects in this first phase of construction, are as follows:

Mitigation efforts, or projects designed to alleviate environmental impacts:

  • Construction of a pocket beach with a rocky shoreline which will provide aquatic habitat and allow water access for beach goers
  • Removing blackberry patches and replacing with native plantings, making room for a new trail which ends in a Mt. Rainier viewpoint

Recreational improvements:

  • Improving a fishing pier with guide piles to protect it during bad weather
  • Extending boat ramps to help the Sheriff conduct low-water rescues
  • Replacing a restroom
  • Improving the bulkhead to reduce erosion

Construction of bulkhead and restroom improvements began in 2019. Design of future phases, which include improved waterfront walkways and vehicle circulation as well as new play and picnic areas will begin in 2021, with construction anticipated to begin in 2024 or 2025.

North Lake Tapps Park 2017 Master Plan:

Project Contact

Benjamin Barrett
Design and Construction Supervisor
253-798-4081 | email