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2010-08-14 9:14 PM

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Subject: open water training in Seattle
Staying in Seattle in August: Does anybody know of any really good open water beaches for morning swims.

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Eric S.


2010-08-14 10:51 PM
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Subject: RE: open water training in Seattle
5 Mile lake in Federal Way (south of Seattle), Allen Moore Park at Lake Tapps (south of Seattle), or Gene Coulin Memorial Park in Renton Wa on Lake Washington

  • 5 mile lake is a dark lake; has nice play area for the kids; nice beach to swim from.
  • Allen Moore at Lake Tapps has a nice park; can be a pain with all the boats and water can be a bit cold (Reservoir).
  • Gene Coulin at Lake Wa has a designated swimming area; great play area for kids, and great burgers & frys at Kidd Valley. Lots of kids during the summer as several youth programs / day cares use this park for field trips

There are quite a few lakes around the Seattle area for you to choose from.

Enjoy your OWS

--Eric


 
2010-08-15 10:19 AM
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Subject: RE: open water training in Seattle
There isn't that much in the way of OWS IN Seattle itself, so unless you have access to a vehicle, you're going to be hard-pressed to get to any decent OWS places. That said, there are a lot of nice lakes within a short-ish drive. I'm not too familiar with the particular areas to swim in Lake Washington (the BIG lake to the east of Seattle), but I know there are a few.

If you can go south, there's 5-Mile Lake in Federal Way, and also Steel Lake. Steel Lake does have lifeguards at the beach starting at 1:00, so if you want to swim the lake, do it before then. Lake Wilderness in Maple Valley is nice, though a bit weedy. Any time works there, just start outside the orange buoy line if the lifeguards are on duty.

I know there are a few lakes to the north as well. Maybe check the BuDu Racing site for Lake Stevens, Cottage Lake, and other locales.
2010-08-15 2:29 PM
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Subject: RE: open water training in Seattle
on the seattle side of lake washington - check out Seward Park, Magnuson Park, possibly Madrona Park ?

Idylewood park on Lake  Sammamish (probably a 25 min drive from seattle w/o traffic), is a very popular OWS in the morning.  there is 4 buoys that are a no wake, no boat zone, so boats stay out.  one lap is something like 500 yds. 
2010-08-16 11:44 AM
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Subject: RE: open water training in Seattle
ultrahip_00 - 2010-08-15 12:29 PM

on the seattle side of lake washington - check out Seward Park, Magnuson Park, possibly Madrona Park ?

Idylewood park on Lake  Sammamish (probably a 25 min drive from seattle w/o traffic), is a very popular OWS in the morning.  there is 4 buoys that are a no wake, no boat zone, so boats stay out.  one lap is something like 500 yds. 


At Idylewood four laps starting from the beach is super close to 1.2miles, 8 is 2.4. Easy to see why it popular. Have to watch out for a cranky old dude that lives next door, if you wake him up early in the am chatting away out there he will call the cops. Swimming out at the bouy line is illegal, but you are likely to only get a chat from the Sheriff.

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