Tiffany Doerr Guerzon
Lake Wilderness, Maple Valley
You can spend the whole day at this 117-acre park in Maple Valley. The lake has a sandy stretch along the shore for digging and roped-off swimming area. Right behind the beach, you’ll find a large grassy meadow for lounging or throwing a Frisbee. The seasonal snack trailer offers candy and cold drinks, as well as sand pails, goggles, sunscreen and floats. You can even rent canoes, paddle boats, paddle boards, row boats and kayaks.
If you need a break from swimming, on the other side of the parking lot is a newly renovated play area as well as plenty of paths to wander. Bring a picnic and spend the day!
Details to note:
- Lake Wilderness has lifeguards on duty, noon–7 p.m., through Aug. 25.
- Concessions available
- Boat and paddleboard rental available
- Free parking
Lake Wilderness tip: The beach area doesn’t have much shade near the shore. There are trees off to the side but if you need to stay close to your swimmers, consider bringing a pop-up beach tent or umbrella for shade.