Lake Tapps boat launch now open!

Spring is in the air and the boat launch at Allan Yorke Park in Bonney Lake is now open!

Cascade Water photo

Cascade Water Alliance photo album –

Last Friday, Cascade Water Alliance and the Lake Tapps Community Council announced that Lake Tapps reached “recreation” levels.

The Allan Yorke Park boat launch located in Bonney Lake at the South end of Lake Tapps is now open. The parking kiosk is operational and boat trailer parking restrictions will be enforced.

Boat Launch Parking Passes:

  • Resident Parking Passes are available to purchase from the City for $30 plus tax per watercraft per year. For information and required documents visit the boating page or contact the Finance/Utilities department at 253-447-4317.
  • Those without a resident parking pass must purchase a boat trailer parking pass at the boat launch for a fee of $17 plus tax per day.

Allan Yorke Park Boat Launch Scheduled Closures

The Lake Tapps boat launch at Allan Yorke Park is scheduled to be closed for various special events during 2017 including Tunes @ Tapps concerts and Bonney Lake Days. For more information visit the boating page.

State Boating Rules & Regulations

Washington State law requires most boaters to obtain a Boater Education Card before operating a motorized vessel of 15 horsepower or greater. See the WA State Mandatory Boater Education page. Boater education courses are being offered here in Bonney Lake on March 25 and April 8, 2017 – get details here.

Lake Tapps Water Levels

Lake Tapps is a reservoir that is managed by Cascade Water Alliance. For more information on Lake Tapps water levels view the recent Cascade Water Alliance press release below, or visit

… the Lake Tapps Reservoir reached “recreation minimum pool levels” (elevation 541.5 feet) a month ahead of the April 15 deadline. Cascade will raise the reservoir, as it does each year, to the maximum full recreational level of elevation 543 feet during the middle of May to remind homeowners of the highest allowable level this reservoir can go in concert with existing homeowners’ agreements with Cascade. Cascade will then maintain the Lake Tapps Reservoir between elevation 542.5 to 542.7 feet for the remainder of the spring and summer, barring weather or operational conditions.

Cascade invites homeowners and others who provide essential services around Lake Tapps Reservoir for a community open house Thursday, May 18, 6 to 8 pm, at North Tapps Middle School.  Watch for more information in residents’ mailboxes and in local papers.

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