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Deep Lake
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Deep Lake is located in Washington (state)
Deep Lake
Deep Lake
Location in Washington (state)
Location Thurston County, Washington,
United States
Coordinates 46°54′27″N 122°54′45″W / 46.9074104°N 122.9124988°W / 46.9074104; -122.9124988
Type Lake
Basin countries United States
Max. length 1,439 ft (439 m)
Max. width 2,631 ft (802 m)
Surface area 66.2 acres (26.8 ha)
Max. depth 17 ft (5 m)
Water volume 771 acre⋅ft (950,000 m3)
Surface elevation 197 ft (60 m)

Deep Lake is a 66-acre (27 ha) body of water lying eight miles (13 km) south of Olympia in Thurston County, Washington. It is 17 feet (5.2 m) deep at its deepest point and has a water volume of 771 acre feet (951,000 m3). The lake drains into Black River by way of Beaver Creek and Scott Lake. Deep Lake is located in Section 3, Township 16N, Range 2W, Willamette. The lake is bordered on two sides by Millersylvania State Park. An RV resort camp occupies the lake's eastern shore. The lake's fish population includes stocked rainbow trout and naturally reproducing largemouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch, and pumpkinseed.


The first known name of the lake by white settlers was Deep Lake as noted in a land survey in 1855. However, the lake was referred to as CoKaine Lake in the late 19th century which could have been an early Native American name. For a period of time, the lake went under the name Drake Lake. The name Drake Lake originated from the Lyman Darrow Drake family that settled on the south side of the lake in 1872. The Drake Lake name was still commonly used up until the late 1920s as was evidenced by several US Geological Survey and Metsker Maps dated up to 1929. The Drake family sold their property in 1908.

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