Green Lake is a freshwater lake on the north side of Seattle. Scholars maintain the meaning behind the lake’s name was lost hundreds of years ago. OK, that’s not true: It was initially dubbed Lake Green because of its algae blooms. Interestingly, Seattle’s indigenous people, the Lushootseed Native American tribe called the Duwamish, named the lake dxWTLusH — the meaning of which reallyhas been lost!
Most of us in Seattle use Green Lake Park for its awesome footpath, a 2.8- mile loop around the water that’s a popular spot for runners, walkers, strollers, Roller bladers — one time, I even saw a dude on a paddle skateboard, which, apparently, is a thing. Take note if you’re a dog-less adult who desperately wants a pooch — this is the best spot in the city for “dogling.”
I can’t help closing with a personal story: Green Lake is near and dear to my heart, as it was where I lived when I first moved to Seattle five years ago. One sunny day during my first Seattle summer, my roommate (who was also new to the city) and I were sitting on our rickety old deck, which had an amazing view of the lake. We were chatting with a Seattle native, a guy who was friends with our third housemate. He took a swig of his PBR and said, “One day, I’m going to take you girls to Duck Island.” We both thought this meant he would take us on some fantastic Pacific Northwest adventure, and we said something to the effect of “Ooh, where is Duck Island?” He lazily pointed across the water, to a teeny, tiny, tree-covered “island.” We were very disappointed. And now I’m doubly disappointed: While researching Green Lake for this post, I discovered that Duck Island is off-limits — it’s not even legal to step foot there, according to a 2011 Seattle P-I article. Good to know.
- Amy B / TWIF Blogger