Moss Lake Natural Area
Site Management Guidelines
Moss Lake Natural Area is a King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) Ecological Land. The site is located 5 miles southeast of Duvall, 3.5 miles northeast of Carnation, and 1 mile east of Lake Joy in the Cascade foothills. The site is comprised of 372 acres of high-quality wetland and forested upland habitats. An extensive Class 1 wetland complex encompasses a large sphagnum bog, beaver dams, open water and forested wetland.
The site is extremely valuable from an ecological standpoint. The lake and associated bog and wetland comprise a rare habitat in King County, and the relatively unaltered nature of the area make the site a unique resource. In addition, the surrounding upland forest provides valuable wildlife habitat. Several King County species of concern, including bald eagle, Vaux’s swift, red-tailed hawk, pileated woodpecker, bandtailed pigeon, western toad and Beller’s ground beetle.
Moss Lake NA receives a modest amount of public use. There is a limited trail system on the site, and users include hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers. There is a pit toilet and a parking lot for up to 16 cars or 10 cars and three busses.
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Moss Lake Natural Area Site Management Guidelines (1.2 Mb)