About the Lake

We pass over it on bridges, pass through it on vessels, and look out at it on July 4th. A vital city has been built around it. People live, work, and play on its edges. Lake Union, Seattle's Central Park.

Lake Union has been a working lake for thousands of years. From salmon fishing by the Duwamish to airplane building by Boeing, the lake has grown with Seattle, providing a water link vital to the area’s growth. Learn more about it’s rich history, historic places and inhabitants…


Woman paddles Lake Union. Courtesy of MOHAI.