If you’re looking for your own little slice of paradise in Pierce County while still staying close to shopping, restaurants, highways, and amenities, Lake Tapps and Bonney Lake are the areas for you. Although they share the same zip code and city government, each community has it’s own unique vibe and appeal depending on what fits your preferences, price point, and personality.
Lake Tapps and the communities that surround its shores mostly consist of high-end waterfront homes and neighborhoods with perks such as private beach and boat launch access. Although homes here tend to be on the pricier side, this is the place to be if you’re looking for quick access to the water and that quintessential lake lifestyle.
Bonney Lake is located just south of Lake Tapps and includes easy access to many local amenities as well as stunning Mt. Rainier views. Bonney Lake offers a broad variety of living options across a wider range of price points, which helps get a bit more bang for your buck.
This neighborhood guide is all about living in Lake Tapps. If you would like to find out more about living in Bonney Lake, visit my Bonney Lake neighborhood guide here.
About Lake Tapps
Lake Tapps is like a little getaway in the heart of Pierce County. Located just south of Auburn and north of Bonney Lake, the lake itself expands over 4.5 miles in surface area and has about 45 miles of shoreline with both public and private beaches that provide endless options for outdoor fun and recreation, including swimming, boating, and fishing. There’s also several sports courts and parks as well as a nine hole golf course with a club house and restaurant.
Lake Tapps Neighborhoods
Lake Tapps has several communities and neighborhoods that surround its shores. Each one has it’s own unique view and perspective of the lake and surrounding area, which is something to keep in mind if you’re searching for both lake and Mt. Rainier views or something else specific. It’s also worth noting that each neighborhood has private beach access for residents only. Some particular neighborhoods worth noting:
- Tapps Island: Located on the east side of Lake Tapps, Tapps Island is one of the lake’s larger communities and is perfect for those who want the perks of lake living right outside their door. Amenities include a restaurant, a nine-hole golf course, a swimming pool, private boat launch, sports courts, walking trails, playground, bike lanes, and several parks.
- Snag Island: Also located on the east side of the lake is Snag Island, a community considered by many to be the crème de la crème of Lake Tapps. This gated luxury neighborhood includes 92 unique waterfront properties, many of them on 2-3 acre oversized lots with spectacular views.
- Driftwood Point: The Driftwood Point community is made up of nearly 400+ homes and is located on the northwestern part of the lake. Driftwood Point also has its own private waterfront park featuring a swimming area, boat launch, sport courts, and ball fields that are for the exclusive use of Driftwood Point residents only.
- Lakeridge: The Lakeridge community is located on the southwest end of the lake. Lakeridge residents have access to three private waterfront parks including Jenks Park, Lakeridge Park, and Banker’s Spit. Features among these parks include a boat launch, swimming areas, walking trails, a baseball diamond, sports courts, and picnic/BBQ areas.
- Tacoma Point and Evergreen Point: These two communities are located on the north end of Lake Tapps. There are two private parks available to residents, one large and one small. The larger park has a boat launch and the smaller park has waterfront access and picnic areas.
If you don’t happen to live in a neighborhood with private beach access or are just visiting, you can still enjoy public lake and boat launch access at either Allan Yorke Park or North Lake Tapps County Park, which both offer several amenities of their own.
North Lake Tapps County Park has 10,000 feet of waterfront access including a boat ramp and sandy swimming area. It also offers barbecue grills, picnic tables, restrooms, trails, and a seasonal concession stand. This park is located at the north end of the lake and has stunning views of Mt. Rainier!
Allan Yorke Park is a 45 acre parcel located at the south end of the lake. A long list of amenities offered here include ball fields available for rent, a fishing dock, playgrounds, tennis and volleyball courts, a skate park, kayak and paddle board rentals, seasonal snack shack, and BBQ grills. Allan Yorke Park is also host to several local events including Tunes @ Tapps concerts and Bonney Lake Days.
Whether you decide Lake Tapps is the next place to call home or if it’s just worth a quick visit, you won’t be disappointed. Make sure to check out my favorite spots in the area while you’re there!
- Al Lago Restaurant & Catering
- Forest Canyon Coffee
- Island Lodge
- Puerto Vallarta Mexican Restaurant
- The Rock Wood Fired Pizza
- Hops n’ Drops
- Sushi Konami
- Stack 571 Burger and Whiskey Bar
- MOD Pizza
- Legendary Donuts
Fast Facts about Lake Tapps
- Current population: 12,771 (2018)
- Median age: 41
- Bachelors’ degree or higher: 34.7%
- Median household income: $110,259 (2018)
- Median home price: $401,800 (2019)
- Seattle – 35 miles, 45 mins
- Tacoma – 18 miles, 31 mins
- Olympia – 43 miles, 51 mins
- JBLM – 23 miles, 34 mins
- Avoid the traffic and take the Sounder Train. There’s a station located in Sumner about 7 miles away that can get you to Lakewood within 35 minutes or Seattle within 45 minutes, with several stops along the way in both directions.
City Website: City of Bonney Lake
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