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Canoes, kayaks, paddleboards - your pick with Silver Lake right next door.

The Most Beautiful Lakes in Western Washington

The perfect spots for swimming, hiking, fishing, and your favorite water activities. Some are secluded in natural areas while others are close to civilization. All of these lakes are within a reasonable day travel distance of the Artesia Apartments.

Silver Lake

Man paddle boarding on foggy lake

In  your backyard at Artesia Aprtments, Silver Lake is the crown jewel. Large families gather at Hauge Homestead Park to enjoy a barbecue and get their feet wet. Parents take their children to Thorton A. Sullivan Park across the way to enjoy the massive play set. Some enjoy having a house on the water and waking up with a gorgeous view every day. Other smart shoppers rent an apartment just a block away and enjoy the same perks. Fishing is promising year-round for rainbow trout, rock bass, and yellow perch. For dinner, Emory’s on the Lake is an absolute must.

Lake Crescent

Image of Lake Crescent

A short drive from Port Angeles, a glistening lake sits between the trees. Lake Crescent is 11.8 miles long, wrapping around the mountains in its quiet seclusion. Daring adventurers can hike into the mountains for an overhead view of the beautiful lake. The Marnes Creek Trail takes hikers to Marymere Falls for an unforgettable view. Picnickers settle around Bovee’s Meadow for a slice of nature with their sandwiches. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent at Lake Crescent Lodge to take visitors out on the water.

Mountain Lake at Moran State Park

Mountain Lake Moran State Park

On the beautiful Orcas Island, there is a lake isolated by trees. Twin Lakes Trail passes overhead, giving hikers an unforgettable view. Mt. Construction Road leads directly to the lake by car, leading visitors to a recreational area with everything they need including campgrounds and a boat launch for kayaks and canoes. Mountain Lake is gorgeous yet its seclusion on Orcas Island keeps it from being overrun with tourists.

Pearrygin Lake

Photo of Pearrygin Lake

On the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains, there is a desert jewel a short drive from Winthrop. The fishing is best from mid-April to June, with another little window in September. On the open plains, Perrygin Lake offers an uninterrupted view of the Cascade Mountains. The town of Winthrop is a great place to stay with a charming western theme and a full calendar of entertainment.

Lake Whatcom

Lake Whatcom

Ten miles long and stretched along the secluded city of Bellingham, Lake Whatcom is a gorgeous and lively place to visit. Hikers can enjoy a gentle path down Hertz Trail or a more rigorous hike along Chanterelle Trail. Lake Whatcom is a great area to bring a bike and enjoy the scenery while getting exercise. The small town of Sudden Valley is nestled at the heart of Lake Whatcom and offers an elaborate and scenic golf course. In a more secluded part of Lake Whatcom is Blue Canyon with an unforgettable view of the great, blue lake.

No two lakes are the same. The water may be pure and blue, but the surroundings are everything. Lake Crescent, Perrygin Lake, and Mountain Lake are out in nature with few signs of civilization to interrupt the view. Silver Lake and Lake Whatcom are tucked away in quieter parts of cities, with wonderful restaurants and things to do. Each lake has its own incredible view.