Lake Kapowsin Aquatic Reserve

Lake Kapowsin is the eighth aquatic reserve, and is the first freshwater aquatic reserve. Stumps and woody structure, along with shoreline forest and fringing wetlands provide habitat for fish, amphibians, migratory birds, otters, and beavers. The aquatic reserve designation protects this unique gem of a lake for those who enjoy hunting, fishing, birdwatching, and boating.

Lake Kapowsin

Lake Kapowsin is the eighth aquatic reserve, and is the first freshwater aquatic reserve. Stumps and woody structure, along with shoreline forest and fringing wetlands provide habitat for fish, amphibians, migratory birds, otters, and beavers. The aquatic reserve designation protects this unique gem of a lake for those who enjoy hunting, fishing, birdwatching, and boating.

Lake Kapowsin Aquatic Reserve is located in eastern Pierce County just west of Mount Rainier National Park in the foothills of the Cascades and encompasses 475 acres of state-owned aquatic lands. The lake has a unique geologic history – it was formed 500 years ago when the Electron Mudflow dammed Kapowsin Creek and flooded the forested valley.  Tree stumps and logs from the submerged forest are still visible today and provide habitat for species such as steelhead, Cutthroat trout, and Northwestern salamander. The serene setting, forested shoreline, and the location of a  Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife water access site makes the lake a popular boating, sport fishing, and waterfowl hunting destination.

The Friends of Lake Kapowsin Aquatic Reserve (FOLK) is a committee comprised of interested community members, recreational users, agencies, and non-profit organizations that work to fulfill the Lake Kapowsin Aquatic Reserve Management Plan goals, objectives and strategies.

The FOLK committee was formed to increase public awareness and enjoyment of the aquatic reserve and to assist DNR’s Aquatic Reserve Program successfully implement the reserve management plan. The group holds work parties to fix trails and clean up trash, performs education and outreach activities, and keeps an eye out for actions in and around the reserve that may impact the ecosystem.

GET INVOLVED

The Lake Kapowsin Citizen Stewardship Committee has many opportunities for volunteer involvement and wants YOU to get involved.

For more information contact us.

CITIZEN COMMITTEE MEMBER

Are you passionate about protecting Lake Kapowsin? Do you want to collaborate with others to determine the best way to engage our community? Do you bring design, writing, leadership, or other skills to the table?

We want YOU to join the Citizen Stewardship Committee! Join today to help us drive our existing projects forward and strategize about the best next steps. Members are expected to attend meetings and volunteer for roles within the Committee.

For more information contact us.

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