Wildcat Lake, Washington, USA

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Wildcat Lake can be found in the state of Washington’s Seattle and Puget Sound tourism region. It has a surface area of 120 acres and an average depth of 18 feet. This unusually crystal clear body of water drains into Dyes Inlet by way of Wildcat Creek. With a shoreline length of 2.2 miles, the lake’s maximum depth is 33 feet. Although small in size, Wildcat Lake is big in recreational offerings.

Swimming and sailing are a few of Wildcat Lake’s top-notch outdoor activities. Boating is permitted, so long as the seven mile per hour speed limit is observed. Anglers tend to have great success fishing for Coho salmon, brown bullhead, cutthroat trout, largemouth and rainbow bass in these waters. Trolling for trout is recommended during the summer, as is scouring the lily pads for largemouth bass. Using floating minnow lures and long casts are two methods of enhancing your chances of catching the lake’s largest and most elusive specimens (although a strict catch-and-release policy is in place for fish between 12 and 17 inches long). Real estate properties and vacation rentals are available in the area.

There is no better way to spend a sunny afternoon than at Wildcat Lake County Park. These 11 acres provide basketball courts, restrooms, picnic tables, volleyball courts, and a public beach for swimming or sunbathing. The park is closed during the winter, from October 1-March 31. Hiking fanatics can’t get enough of the nearby Wildcat Trail, which runs for 13.5 miles through Green Mountain; motorcycling and horseback riding is also permitted on the path.

Wildcat Lake is one of the 101 lakes that fall under Kitsap County’s jurisdiction. Its closest neighbor is Lake Kitsap, a pristine body of water found a few miles southeast. This 250-acre lake offers many recreational options, like boating, fishing and hiking. Its most popular trails include the Clear Creek Bike Trail and the Mosquito Fleet Trail, which combined provide over 100 miles of bumpy terrain. Birdwatching is also a blast at Kitsap Lake, as a bald eagle monitoring program is in place to help proliferate this majestic species.

West of Wildcat Lake and across the Puget Sound lies the Olympic National Forest – and you’ll only need ten minutes inside this park to find out why Washington is known as the Evergreen State. The forest embodies an astounding 633,677 acres, spanning four counties and five landscapes: rainforest, beach, lowland lake, mountain range and river. Established as a reserve in 1897, most of these lands have been protected for well over a century. More than 270 miles of trails afford chances to spot at least six threatened and endangered species – including the northern spotted owl, bald eagle, bull trout, marbled murrelet, and two species of salmon.

Roughly six miles southeast of Wildcat Lake lies the City of Bremerton, home to the annual September Blackberry Festival. The Kitsap Historical Museum, the Bremerton Naval Museum and the Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum are just a handful unique area attractions open year-round. Scuba diving with shipwrecks in the Puget Sound, or white water rafting the Big Quilcene River are just a couple of ideas for thrilling day trips.

The convenient Bremerton National Airport makes traveling to and from Wildcat Lake a breeze. With so much variety, a visit to Wildcat Lake is bursting with the potential to become the trip of a lifetime – an adventure you’ll never forget.

Things to do at Wildcat Lake WA

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Scuba Diving
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Birding
  • National Forest
  • Museum

Fish species found at Wildcat Lake WA

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Brown Bullhead
  • Bull Trout
  • Coho Salmon
  • Cutthroat Trout
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Rainbow Bass
  • Salmon
  • Trout

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

    Surface Area: 120 acres

    Shoreline Length: 3 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 377 feet

    Average Depth: 18 feet

    Maximum Depth: 33 feet

    Water Volume: 2,160 acre-feet

    Drainage Area: 3 sq. miles

    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".

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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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