Silver Lake

Silver Lake is a 104.3 acre lake with a maximum depth of 51 feet and average depth of 24 feet. The lake watershed, or area that drains to the lake, is 970 acres and is heavily urbanized. Silver Lake is fed by three streams which enter on the north side of the lake. The largest of these, sometimes called the Thornton tributary, enters at Thornton A. Sullivan Park on the northwest side of the lake. The lake outlet is Silver Lake Creek, a natural channel that flows into Ruggs Lake eventually reaching North Creek and then the Sammamish River. 
Silver Lake is located entirely in the City of Everett. The City has been monitoring the water quality of the lake since 1989. In 2019, the city began partnering with Snohomish County to continue lake monitoring through the County’s volunteer lake monitoring program. The City also manages control of the invasive aquatic plant, Eurasian watermilfoil. Each year the City hires divers to hand-pull the milfoil to keep swimming beaches clear. 

Recreational Opportunities

  • Boating (Electric or Motorized - 8 mph max; 10 hp max)
  • Fishing
  • Swim Area (No Lifeguard)
  • Lake Access
  • Parking
  • Public Park
  • Restrooms/Sanicans
There is no developed boat launch, but there are three City of Everett parks with public access. Thornton A. Sullivan Park on the west side of the lake has many recreational opportunities. Car-toppers can be launched at Hauge Homestead Park on the southeastern side of the lake. Green Lantern Park on the northeastern side of the lake has fishing spots. 

See the Snohomish County Code Title 12 and the Parks and Recreation Boating Regulations for more information on boating regulations and rules.

Fishing Information

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) maintains informational pages for each lake in Washington that include: fish stocking schedules, fishing prospect calendars, and boat launch information.

Connect with Your Lake Community

Silver Lake does not have a formal lake association. However, there is a Silver Lake Neighborhood Association. You may also be able to connect via Facebook or Nextdoor.

Lake Health and Additional Resources

Starting in 2019, the City of Everett began contracting with the Snohomish County's Lake Management Program to conduct monthly water quality monitoring. The information collected in 2019 is available in the Health Report Card. You can also download the 2019 water quality data at the link below. 

For more information, you may also refer to the City of Everett's Penny Creek Basin Plan which is the larger watershed in which Silver Lake is located. 

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1988 Silver Lake Water Quality, Nutrient Loading and Management

Lake Questions and Assistance

For information about the water quality of Silver Lake, please contact Snohomish County's lake program. For information about the management of the lake including aquatic plant control, please contact the City of Everett


View maps of Silver Lake and the surrounding area, including the location of public access sites.

Watershed Map
Area that drains to the lake

Aerial Bathymetry Map
Satellite images of the lake

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