UPDATE | May 10th: Police have now installed an electronic reader board at THE I-90 exit 32 off-ramp reminding people that the Rattlesnake Lake Recreation area remains closed. Read our original article below explaining why the popular area has not reopened, while others outdoor areas have.
Last week Governor Inslee announced the partial reopening state parks and public lands for outdoor recreation, as well as golf, on May 5th.
This includes day use of state parks and state lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) – and hiking trails, seasonal hunting and fishing, etc. on those lands.
On Thursday, April 30th, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) – which owns and manages the popular Rattlesnake Lake Recreation area in North Bend – said it will NOT be reopening on May 5th like some state-managed outdoor areas.
Seattle Public Utilities stated:
“At this time, Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area (RSLRA) will remain closed to continue protecting the public as well as staff who manage the watershed.
During favorable weather, more than 2,000 people each day visit RSLRA, but there is limited opportunity to physical distance safely while hiking the trail and enjoying its outstanding views.
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) looks forward to reopening the RSLRA in the future.“
During the sunny weekend of March 21st, Rattlesnake Lake Rec area became very crowded, with drone photos circulating social media showing Rattlesnake Ledge filled with people. The following Monday the governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order was issued, the state closed all outdoor recreation areas and SPU closed Rattlesnake Lake.