Capitol Lake trails may be used from 7 a.m. to dusk.
The lake is closed to all public use (e.g., swimming, boating, fishing, wading, etc.) due to New Zealand mudsnails.
Parking is available at 501 5th Avenue SW, Olympia.
Seasonal information: Stickleback life cycle
Each June and July, small stickleback fish return to Capitol Lake and die shortly after successfully spawning.
This natural phenomenon is not related to lake oxygen levels or contamination issues.
Capitol Lake - Deschutes Estuary Restoration Project
After years of scientific study on the best long-term management for Capitol Lake, DES is undertaking a monumental effort called the Deschutes Estuary Restoration Project to remove the 5th Avenue Dam and tide gate to restore 260 acres of estuarine and salt marsh habitat at the mouth of the Deschutes River. Learn more and subscribe to project updates at deschutesestuaryproject.org.