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Lake Nahwatzel
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Location Mason County, Washington
Coordinates 47°14′34″N 123°20′00″W / 47.24278°N 123.33333°W / 47.24278; -123.33333
Type lake
Surface area 269 acres (109 ha)
Max. depth 25 feet (7.6 m)

Lake Nahwatzel is a body of freshwater located in Mason County in the U.S. state of Washington. The lake is fed by three main sources, which include two unnamed creeks and naturally occurring hot springs. The lake empties into the East Fork of the Satsop River via Outlet Creek. Lake Nahwatzel is one of the warmest lakes in western Washington due to the presence of the aforementioned hot springs. Nearby towns include Shelton and Matlock.

Lake Nahwatzel has a surface area of 269 acres (109 ha) and a maximum depth of 25 feet (7.6 m).


Lake Nahwatzel is opened to fishing year-round and is considered to be one of the best bass-fishing lakes in western Washington during the summer months. Twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, the lake is stocked with rainbow trout. According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, April and May or late September and October are the best months for catching rainbow trout.


Lake Nahwatzel is located in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains which are located on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. The location of the lake means that the land is heavily wooded and dotted with many hills and streams.

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