Streams, Lakes and Wetlands
Streams, lakes and wetlands are critical areas protected from development, and constitute a natural part of Bellevue's drainage system.
- Bellevue has more than 60 miles of streams.
- Streams provide a natural setting and feeding areas for chinook, coho, sockeye, steelhead, cutthroat trout, waterfowl and other wildlife.
- In Bellevue it's illegal to remove plants from or disturb stream corridors. Please call Development Services at 425-452-4188 for more information.
- In addition to bordering Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, Bellevue has three small lakes – Phantom Lake, Larsen Lake and Lake Bellevue.
- Bellevue has more than 800 acres of wetlands.
- Wetlands slow down stormwater runoff, which prevents flooding and erosion, and serve as a rich habitat for fish and wildlife.
- If you see signs of pollutant spills near a storm drain or water body, please call 425-452-7840.
To receive a guidebook to Bellevue’s streams, lakes, wetlands, watersheds, salmon migration and other information, call the Utilities Department and ask for a copy of Water All Around Us.
Some common water quality concerns are iron-oxide deposits and blue-green algae.
To volunteer to help our waterways, see Stream Team. To volunteer to mark storm drains with a pollution prevention message, call Karren Gratt at 425-452-6166. By appointment only.