After a 2 1/2 month closure due to COVID-19 social distancing concerns, Seattle Public Utilities announced Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area in North Bend with partially reopen on Thursday, June 11, 2020.
Sabrina Register of Seattle Public Utilities – which owns and manages the popular outdoor recreation spot – said Rattlesnake Lake will reopen to boating, fishing, swimming and picnicking activities only.
Rattlesnake Ledge Trail will remain closed and hiking is prohibited. This is due to crowding, the narrow size of the trail and the popularity of the ledge viewing area.
Register said, “During favorable weather, more than 2,000 people each day hike the trail, but there is limited opportunity to physical distance safely while hiking the trail and enjoying its outstanding views.”
SPU warned Rattlesnake Lake visitor parking is limited to 70 cars and 10 boat trailers to help maintain social distancing.
The Cedar River Watershed Education Center also remains closed to the public until further notice.
SPU said, “We will continue to post updates and look forward to reopening the trail when it is safe to do so.”