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Wapato Park

Features You'll Find:
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  • ADDITIONAL FEATURES
    • Bike Trail / Biking / Bicycling
    • Historic
    • Parking Stalls
    • Parking Stalls / ADA
    • Restrooms / Seasonal
    • Trail / Hard
    • Trail / Soft
  • BOATING & FISHING
    • Boat Launch / Walk Up
    • Fishing Pier
  • SPORTS
    • Horseshoes
  • NATURAL FEATURES
    • Lake / Pond
    • Natural Areas
  • BUILDINGS & PICNIC SITES
    • Meeting Space
    • Picnic / Drop in
    • Picnic / Reservable
    • Weddings / Rentals
  • DOGS
    • Off Leash Dog Park
  • PLAYGROUND
    • Playground
Hours:

Open ½ hour before sunrise
Close ½ hour after sunset

Restroom Schedule

6500 S. Sheridan Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98408

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Wapato Park lies in a beautiful setting of lake and forest. Features include a walking trail around the lake (.9 miles), a playground, a dog park, picnic shelters, and an impressive, historic pergola.

Wapato Park Trails
Wapato has a number of trails that you can walk to explore the park, including one circling the lake that is approx .9 miles in length.

Wapato Park Trail Map.

Wapato Lake Fishing

The lake is stocked every spring with trout. Anglers must be 15 years old or younger to fish at Wapato Lake. No fishing license required. Fish may be taken home, we do not require catch and release.

Wapato Annual Garden
The historic pergola, a crescent-shaped arbor with an open roof and tall columns, has lent a hint of Italian garden to this South End park's main entryway since 1938. The structure was restored in 2001 and serves as the backdrop for year-round seasonal color. Flower baskets hang from beams encircled by rows of blooms.

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More About Wapato Park

Wapato Don't Feed Wildlife Sign Graphic
  • Wildlife can experience malnutrition, disease, and overpopulation due to human feeding.
  • Wildlife often exhibit aggressive behaviors when they become conditioned to expect food from people.
  • Overpopulation is a significant contributor to poor water quality and toxic algae growth, endangering public health and safety.
  • Feeding is illegal and to help curb overpopulation issues, citations will be issued for violations. Feeding carries a $532 penalty. (TMC 8.27.130)


Events Happening Here:
  • 19 Jan
    Family Nature Walk - Wapato Park
    Explore Tacoma's Parks during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they adapt to the seasons...
    10:00 am
  • 13 Apr
    Family Nature Walk - Wapato Park
    Explore Tacoma's Parks during this free naturalist-led walk. Discover amazing plants and animals and how they adapt to the seasons...
    10:00 am