- Bitter Lake (Seattle)
lake_name = Bitter Lake
image_lake = Bitter Lake.jpg
location = northwest
coords = coord|47|43|37|N|122|21|03|W|region:US-WA_type:waterbody|display=inline,title
basin_countries = United States
area = 19 acres (77,000 m²)
depth = 16 ft (5 m)
max-depth = 31 ft (9 m)
Bitter Lake is a small
lakein northwest Seattle, Washington, USA.
The lake covers 19 acres (77,000 m²), with a mean depth of 16 feet (5 m) and a maximum depth of 31 feet (9 m). Until 1913, a
sawmillwas located at its southwest corner. Tannic acid from logs dumped into the lake gave its water a bitter taste and the lake itself a name. The Duwamish called the lake "Blackcaps on the Sides" ( Lushootseed: cHálqWadee), denoting the blackcap ( Rubus leucodermis) plants that grew along the shores. [cite book |last= Thrush |first= Coll |title= Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place |year= 2007 |publisher= University of Washington Press |isbn= 0-295-98700-6 |pages= p. 220]
The lake is situated between Greenwood Avenue North to the west, Linden Avenue North to the east, North 137th Street to the north, and North 130th Street to the south.
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