Lake Morton, Washington, USA

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Lake Morton is a small wilderness haven with city amenities nearby, located about 30 miles southeast of Seattle in King County. With snow-capped Mt. Rainier set in the backdrop, Lake Morton looks like the perfect subject for an artist’s canvass. Although a small lake, with 66 acres of water, visitors will find ample room for canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and fishing. A public boat launch provides lake access to visitors. Lake Morton’s shoreline is encircled with pine trees and has an occasional lake home or vacation rental offering warm greetings to their lodgers. Additional real estate and overnight lodgings can be found in the nearby cities of Lake Morton-Berrydale and Covington, Washington.

Anglers will enjoy excellent fishing in the cold waters of Lake Morton. Each year the lake is stocked with rainbow trout, while largemouth bass are found living naturally in the lake. Golfers will find a few first-class golf courses close by where they can play a round or two of golf. Lake Morton seems like a secluded wilderness; however, less than ten minutes away are restaurants, shopping centers and a coffee shop.

Lake Morton is a portal to some of the best sights in Washington. Lake visitors and residents enjoy day trips to see some of the most exciting places in Washington state. Seattle and the Puget Sound are easily accessible; visitors can explore the arts and culture of this large metropolitan city. Sightseers can sample superb wines, entice their palettes with fine dining, tour art galleries and museums, and watch excellent theatre performances. While in Seattle, visitors may want to include a spot on their itinerary for a tour of the Space Needle that was built in 1962 for the World’s Fair. The Space Needle has an observation deck 520 feet in the air. From this vista, visitors get a spectacular view of the Puget Sound area.

Traveling a little southeast of Lake Morton is the tallest peak in the Cascades, Mount Rainier. Serious hikers can climb to the summit at 14,410 feet, and are rewarded with panoramic views of Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Baker, and Glacier Peaks. On clear days visitors may even catch a glimpse of the tip of Mt. Hood located in Oregon. For visitors who prefer less arduous activities, Mount Rainier National Park provides about 260 miles of maintained trails and 147 miles of roads across its expansive 235,626 acres.

Continuing south of Mount Rainier is 1,312,000-acre Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The National Forest also includes 110,000 acres of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, which was established by Congress in 1982. The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is an outdoor recreational wonderland and is one of the oldest national forests in the United States. Hiking, camping and nature observation are just a few of the activities permitted there.

East of Lake Morton is the massive 4 million-acre Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest which stretches from the Canadian border south past Mount Rainier. With so much land, recreational opportunities are numerous, while also providing a safe habitat for the natural resources found in the forest. Nature observers will be able to spot a wide variety of flora and fauna while hiking on designated trails.

After some time spent sightseeing, it is time to unwind on the shores of Lake Morton. Visitors and residents alike enjoy lake views as they sip their coffee by a warm fire. The breathtaking beauty will help relax the mind and soul of all who take time to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of Lake Morton.

Things to do at Lake Morton

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • National Park
  • National Forest
  • Museum
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Lake Morton

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Trout

Lake Morton Photo Gallery

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Lake Morton Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

Surface Area: 66 acres

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 525 feet

Average Depth: 15 feet

Maximum Depth: 23 feet

Trophic State: Oligo-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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Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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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.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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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.

You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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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.

You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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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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Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

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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Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

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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Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

You can find many of the world's highest-elevated lakes on LakeLubbers. Lakes with the lowest elevations (known by LakeLubbers) are shown on the final page of that list.


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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.

You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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Surface Area | LakeLubbers

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.

You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

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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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

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.

- A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

- 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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