Description - This area is comprised of many developed facilities that line the Lake Crescent shores. The northern lakeshore lies close to the northern park boundary. On it, from east to west, you'll find East Beach Picnic Area, Log Cabin Resort and boat launch, Spruce Railroad Trail, Pyramid Mountain Trail, North Shore Picnic Area and Fairholm Campground and boat launch. These facilities can be accessed via Piedmont Road and North Shore Roads which stem from the Olympic Highway.
- The highway follows the southern shoreline of the lake. It was widened in recent years to allow for faster logging and visitor traffic through the area. Unfortunately, this traffic causes some noise pollution in the area.
On the southern shores of Lake Crescent visitors will find easy access to Storm King Information Station and boat launch, Lake Crescent Lodge, La Poel Picnic Area and several Trails. The main trailhead in the Lake Crescent General Forest Area lies at Barnes Point. The Marymere Falls Trail, Barnes Creek Trail and Storm King Trail, begin at Barnes Point in addition to a paved nature trail.
Recreation - Recreation opportunities abound in this area of Olympic National Park, including water and land oriented activities. Lake Crescent supports boating, fishing, water skiing and swimming. The mountains and ridges that lie south of the lake provide opportunities for hiking, backpacking, primitive camping, mountain climbing and viewing scenery. Camping, picnicking and dining may also be enjoyed by visitors to Lake Crescent.
Climate - This area of the park lies in the western reaches of the leeward terrain. It does have a relatively low elevation (as compared to the Hurricane Ridge Area) of 580 feet at the lake. Aurora Ridge, which lies immediately south of the lake, reaches heights of 4,175 feet. Precipitation is not as high here as areas south of Crescent Lake and temperatures rarely dip below freezing.
In reference to the Olympic National Park property the area of Lake Crescent lies in the northwestern corner. The lake is the source of the Lyre River, so you may hear reference to that drainage. Several streams empty into the lake the largest of which is Barnes Creek. This stream provides access to the backcountry of northwestern Olympic National Park.