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Lake Tacoma
02 Lake Tacoma, Nisqually, Russell (1913) fig 10.jpg
Glacial lakes Lake Tacoma, Lake Nisqually, & Lake Russell
Location Puyallup River
Pierce County, Washington
Coordinates 47°17′00″N 122°26′58″W / 47.283283°N 122.449330°W / 47.283283; -122.449330Coordinates: 47°17′00″N 122°26′58″W / 47.283283°N 122.449330°W / 47.283283; -122.449330
Lake type Glacial lake (former)
Primary inflows Vashon Glacier
Primary outflows Ohop channel
Basin countries United States
Max. length 25 miles (40 km)
Max. width 18 miles (29 km)
Max. depth 256 feet (78 m)
Residence time ca 200 years
Surface elevation 350 m (1,150 ft)

Lake Tacoma is the name given the freshwater lake in the basin of the Puyallup River and the Green River (Duwamish River) at the point in time that the Vashon Glacier had receded northward into Commencement Bay. Prior to this, it was referred to as the Lake Puyallup. The bluff on which this city is built is used as the landmark where Lake Puyallup ceased and it became Lake Tacoma.

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