North Lake Tapps County Park


Park hours for July 4th 

North Lake Tapps Park will be open on July 4th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with limited site access available.  There will be no park access after closing for viewing fireworks this year.  All park patrons and boaters must leave the park by 7:00 p.m.

May 25 - Open with Limited Access

After several months of construction, North Lake Tapps Park reopened to the public with limited access on Saturday, May 23.  Before heading up to the park it is important to know what is available to you and your family.  The boat launch and trailer parking are open for public use.  Launch parking is $15.00 and we are asking boaters to limit their stay to 4 hours to allow others to use the launch and enjoy the lake. 

Restrooms throughout the park will be open and available for use. The west and central peninsulas are both closed for public use through the month of June and parking at the north and east adjacent to these areas are also closed. Pierce County Parks expects to open the remaining park peninsulas by early July.  Vehicle parking is $7.00 and $3.50 for seniors, however due to the limited space available, we are asking visitors to limit their stay to 2 hours.  

Adjusted park hours are from Monday though Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the boat launch will be open 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Thank you for your support and patience through this phased reopening period, we hope that you continue to stay safe, follow proper social distancing, and keep yourself and others healthy.

North Lake Tapps Park
2022 - 198th Ave. E.
Bonney Lake, WA 98391 


About the Park

This popular swimming and boat launch area is located on the north side of Lake Tapps. A largely undeveloped 135 acre site with approximately 10,000 feet of waterfront access including a sandy swimming area. North Lake Tapps County Park offers spectacular views of Mount Rainier to the south and is a great place for kids and adults to swim. The park has several amenities including:

  • Barbecue grills
  • Beach access
  • Boat ramp
  • Seasonal concession stand
  • Picnic tables
  • Restrooms
  • Trails

Limited Access Map

image of North Lake Tapps Park limited access map May 2020
Reservations are NOT accepted at North Lake Tapps Park. All accessible picnic/park areas are first-come, first-served.

Park Hours

During the summer months, come early on hot days and weekends. Parking is limited and the gates are closed to vehicles and boats when parking is full.

  • Park Closure: November 1, 2019 through May 22, 2020
  • Beginning May 23, 2020, park hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through September, unless otherwise posted.
  • July 4, 2020 - park hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with limited site access available.  There will be no park access after closing for viewing fireworks this year.  All park patrons and boaters must leave the park by 7 p.m.
Boat Launch Ramp Availability
Normally the lake is not at full capacity until late May. Mid to late September the lake level will begin to lower a foot per day.

  • The boat launch is closed through May 22, 2020 
  • Beginning May 23, 2020, the boat launch will be open 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise posted.
  • The boat launch will close again November 2020 - March 2021.
Cascade Water Alliance controls the draining and refilling of the water level at Lake Tapps. View current water levels from Cascade Water Alliance's website.

Park Fees


The park is located at 2002 198th Avenue East, off of 12th Street East in Sumner. (map)

Directions From I-5
  • Take exit 127 (Puyallup / Mt. Rainier) and head east to Highway 512
  • Merge onto WA-167 North towards Seattle
  • Take the Stewart Road / 8th Street East exit toward Pacific / Milton
  • Turn east (right) onto 8th Street East / Stweart Road SW
  • 8th Street East / Stewart Road SW becomes Lake Tapps Parkway East
  • Lake Tapps Parkway East becomes 9th Street East
  • Go approximately one block to entrance of park
From SR 410 in Sumner
  • Take the 166th Avenue East exit and head north (left) on 166th
  • Stay on Sumner Tapps Highway as it bends east (right) and turns into 16th Street East. Then it will bend north and turn into 182nd Avenue East
  • Turn right on 9th Street East which bends gradually and turns into 12th Street East
  • Turn right on 198th Avenue East and go approximately one block to park entrance