Kitsap Lake, Washington, USA

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One of 101 lakes in Kitsap County, Washington, Kitsap Lake is conveniently located just three miles west of the city of Bremerton. This lake, which is considered a part of the Seattle and Puget Sound tourism region, boasts a maximum depth of 29 feet and a normal elevation of 156 feet. A relatively small body of water, it has a surface area of 250 acres and an average depth of 18 feet.

Kitsap Lake features two public entrances, restrooms, a dock, and a 12-foot concrete boat launching ramp that are all maintained by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. The agency also runs a bald eagle tracking program designed to promote the proliferation of this previously endangered species throughout the area. Nearby, Kitsap Lake Park provides an ideal access point to the lake, with its four acres of developed land, 30 acres of wetlands, and half-mile of freshwater shoreline. Amenities include a fishing pier, boat launch, barbeque, and picnic tables.

Widely visited for its outdoor recreation, Kitsap Lake is perfect for kayaking, swimming, and year-round fishing. Lily pads, floating fallen branches, and abundant docks create ideal hiding places for an impressive variety of fish, including rainbow trout, bluegill, brown bullhead catfish, black crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish, cutthroat trout, and largemouth bass. Locals recommend using spinner baits, black jigs and floating rapalas. The lake also hosts a number of thrilling boat racing contests each year.

Several hiking and biking trails are available near Kitsap Lake, ranging in intensity from beginner to expert. The Clear Creek Bike Trail is a leisurely route that connects the Silverdale commercial center with various residential neighborhoods; conversely, the extreme Mosquito Fleet Trail winds for a lengthy 113 miles along the east Kitsap Peninsula, touring the area’s most notable historical landmarks.

Many other exciting activities can be experienced just a short drive from Kitsap Lake. The Puget Sound encompasses some fabulous scuba diving spots, providing unique opportunities to observe a delightful array of marine life – including sea otters, octopi and sea slugs. Adrenaline-pumping white water rafting excursions are possible down the tough and foamy Big Quilcene River. Golf, frisbee golf, basketball, and mixed softball games are other popular local pastimes, as is geocaching. Nearby, Chico Creek hosts a salmon run each autumn, and downtown Bremerton is home to an annual Blackberry Festival each September. Notable cultural highlights include the Aurora Valentinetti Puppet museum, the Bremerton Community Theatre, and the Kitsap Historical Museum.

Lake Kitsap’s beauty and range of activities has made it an extremely desirable place, both to live and to visit. Due to its extensive popularity, real estate and vacation rentals are at hot commodity around this cozy Washington lake.

Things to do at Kitsap Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Kayaking
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Scuba Diving
  • Golf
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • Museum

Fish species found at Kitsap Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Brown Bullhead
  • Bullhead Catfish
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Cutthroat Trout
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Salmon
  • Sunfish
  • Trout

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

    Surface Area: 250 acres

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 156 feet

    Average Depth: 18 feet

    Maximum Depth: 29 feet

    Trophic State: Mesotrophic

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    Trophic State | LakeLubbers

    Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

    An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

    A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

    A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

    The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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    Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

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    Completion Year | LakeLubbers

    This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

    The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

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    Water Volume | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

    You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

    Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

    1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

    The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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    Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

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    Average Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

    Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

    Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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    This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

    At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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    This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

    Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

    When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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    Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

    This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

    A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

    When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

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    This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

    The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

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    This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

    Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

    "Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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    There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

    - A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

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    - A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

    "Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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