Monday, February 27, 2012
Cruising South Lake Washington
This area of
Lake Washington includes the waterfront of Seattle’s Seward Park and , unincorporated Bryn Mawr-Skyway, southwest Rainier Valley and Mercer Island . The area’s most notable mansions are on Renton and include Paul Allen’s campus/compound and sports stars’, Mike Holmgren’s and Michael Chang’s, former homes. The previous 2/25/12 post has more information on these homes. The 2/23/12 post has a viewing guide for Paul Allen’s campus/compound. The 2/21/12 post has information on some of the other more notable homes. Information on Mercer Island and Seward Park are in the above post. Andrews Bay
There is a sunken forest between the southeast corner of
and Paul Allen’s place on Seward Park . These ancient underwater forests were created 1,000 to 3,000 years ago by landslides. The tops of the trees are 30 to 60 feet below the surface. Mercer Island
View of Mercer Island in the fall from south Lake Washington
The south end of Lake Washington has the feel of a separate 1.5 by 3/4 miles lake. It is popular for sailing, water skiing, wake boarding and tubing. There are beautiful views of Mount Rainier.
Southwest Waterfront and
and the Renton Airport Cedar River at the southern end of the lake are the boundary between Bryn Mawr-Skyway and . The Renton Cedar River and the at the north end are the main tributaries for Sammamish River Lake Washington. Before the locks and ship canals where built the lake was 9 to 12 feet higher and water from the lake flowed out (where the Cedar River now flows in) to the Duwamish River.
Coulon Park (full name “Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park”) is a popular boaters’ launch and day visit stop. With eight launch lanes, it is the largest boat launch site on the lake. The small harbor has protected day moorage for about 50 boats. The park is 57 acres with an excellent lake swimming and beach area, picnic grounds and shelters, play fields and courts, etc. Ivars and
food concessions are adjacent to the docks. Kidd Valley
(This is the sixth chapter [go to next chapter] of our “Lake
Cruising” article. The chapters are being posted in reverse order. When all chapters are posted they will be in order in this blog with the first chapter at the top. I will be posting approximately one chapter per week. You can read and print an abbreviated pdf version of the entire article.) Washington