PHOTOS: Sunset Paddleboarding on Lake Burien Monday Night


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BTB Contributor Gregory Rehmke sent us the following photos he took at Lake Burien, of which he says:

“Monday evening (Aug. 6), a huge cloud formation gathered in the east at sunset, and some young people were out for an evening paddleboard on Lake Burien…”

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8 Responses to “PHOTOS: Sunset Paddleboarding on Lake Burien Monday Night”
  1. Keith says:

    Must be nice to have private access to public waters.

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    • Rashmika says:

      The lake isn’t public, it’s private…and that’s what makes it so nice.

      Great Picture Gregory!

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      • Keith says:

        You might want to educate yourself a little there. All lakes in the state of Washington are considered public waters.

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      • Huh? says:

        According to King County, it is public property.

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  2. maxine says:

    The lake is public body of water, surrounded by private property.

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  3. Greg Rehmke says:

    State and Federal mismanagement of America’s rivers, streams, and lakes have contributed to overfishing, pollution, and too many dams. Scotland’s streams are privately owned, mostly by fishing clubs. http://www.adamsmith.org/80ideas/idea/18.htm

    In Washington state, on opening day of fishing season, public lakes are clogged with fishermen competing for the fish dumped into the lake the week before by the state Dept. of Fisheries. Salmon runs are down in Puget Sound in large part due to decades of mismanaged fisheries.

    Former University of Washington economics professor Robert Higgs notes that Native Americans has a superior property-rights based system for managing annual salmon fishing, which was replaced by a much worse system based on regulations.

    http://www.thefreemanonline.org/columns/our-economic-past/how-politics-ruined-the-northwest-salmon-fishery/

    So… I don’t believe the city of Burien, the county of King, or the state of Washington would be better able to manage access to Lake Burien than the private owners who live around the lake. (Though I realize no one actually asked for my opinion…)

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  4. maxine says:

    Afraid of the lake being mismanaged? How about mismanagement by self proclaimed private stewards of the lake who caused extremely high concentration of toxic algae in Lake Burien in 2010 and 2011?
    “Nitrogen and phosphorus, which come from lawn and garden fertilizers, are primary nutrients for algae. Residents can reduce the amount of nutrients and enhance the lake through a variety of steps”
    http://b-townblog.com/2010/08/29/toxic-algae-found-in-lake-burien-by-king-county-water-resource-staff/
    http://b-townblog.com/2010/10/18/toxic-creature-is-still-in-lake-burien-only-now-its-nearly-45-stronger/

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  5. ROBBIE HOWELL says:

    What the general public doesn’t know is that the city’s storm water system is very old and in need of repair. It gets plugged up and the degreasers are broken. When it rains hard the pipes get filled with dirt and the water has to run into the lake untreated. At the same time some of the people’s basements get filled with water even though they have sump pumps running full time. The city does not have the money to repair the system at this time and probably will not for many years. Therefor the water flows with all of all of the nitrogen and
    phosphorous from the peoples yards in the whole lake basin. This is what happened in 2010, 2011, 2012. When we had the worst year of algae the city cleaned the mud out of the pipes on 152nd and that could have helped the situation for a little while. We will see.

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