Waterfront

Significant Seattle Area Waterfront

Lake Washington is the second largest natural lake in the state of Washington and is connected to Puget Sound via Lake Union and the Lake Washington ship canal. Boat traffic from Lake Washington travels through the Montlake cut, Lake Union, the Fremont cut, and then the Hiram M. Chittenden “Ballard” Locks in its journey to the open water. Lake Washington is about 214 feet deep and 33.8 square miles. The vast expanse of Lake Washington touches 12 cities (Beaux Arts, Bellevue, Hunts Point, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Medina, Mercer Island, Newcastle, Kirkland, Renton, Seattle, and Yarrow Point) and unincorporated King County.
Lake Sammamish is the sixth largest lake in Washington, and one of the major recreational lakes—with high use by fishermen, boaters, water skiers, swimmers, and picnickers. The freshwater lake is 7 miles long and 1.5 miles wide, with a maximum depth of 105 feet and a surface area of 8 square miles. It lies east of Bellevue and west of the Sammamish Plateau, and stretches from Issaquah in the south to Redmond in the north. There are popular State and County parks along the shore including Marymoor Park at the lake’s north end, Lake Sammamish State Park at its south end and East Lake Sammamish Trail. Marymoor Park’s 640 acres include biking and walking trails, sports fields, rock climbing, a dog park, a radio control aircraft flying field, and a velodrome. Lake Sammamish State Park boasts 6,858 feet of waterfront along its 512 acres. The parks day-use facilities including an active boat launch, picnic tables and shelters, playgrounds, two swimming beaches, and softball and soccer fields. Lake Sammamish is uniquely sited within four cities (Bellevue, Issaquah, Redmond and Sammamish) and unincorporated King County.
Puget Sound is the body of water that envelops the greater Seattle area in natural beauty. Seattle waterfront homes border the Sound to the west and Lake Washington to the east. Elliott Bay is the body of water immediately viable from downtown Seattle and much enjoyed by Seattle dwellers and sightseers alike. West Seattle is surrounded by the sound and Elliott Bay on three sides of its natural peninsula. Puget sound is approximately 100 miles long in total, extending from Deception Pass to Olympia with an average depth of 450 feet. The ship canal and Montlake Cut link the Sound to Lake Washington via Lake Union. The Waterfront Report provides listing and sales data for private waterfront homes sited on major bodies of water in the greater Seattle-Eastside region. It includes an analysis of waterfront information including average cost per waterfront foot, average cost per square foot, and average sale price for Seattle, Mercer Island, Eastside and Lake Sammamish.

Waterfront Resources

City Shoreline Master Plans