About the Park
Located in the Cascade foothills, Moss Lake Natural Area is 372 acres of high-quality wetland and forested upland habitat with three miles of multi-use trails. The extensive 150-acre wetland includes the 40-acre sphagnum bog surrounding Moss Lake, decades-old beaver dams, and a cattail and spirea-fringed lake.
Sphagnum moss bogs, the most sensitive and rarest habitat type, are unique plant communities composed of up to twenty-five feet of acidic peat deposits that build up over very long periods of time, locally at a rate of one inch per forty years. Being unique, bogs like the one at Moss Lake Natural Area are home to similarly unusual and rare plants and creatures such as the Beller's ground beetles. The Round-leaved Sundew, a common but not abundant carnivorous plant, is occasionally found growing on the moss at Moss Lake.
Moss Lake Natural Area is also an excellent place for bird watching for species such as bald eagle, Vaux’s swift, belted kingfisher, Great Blue Heron, red-tailed hawk, pileated woodpecker, and bandtailed pigeon.