With my attention so often focused on Lake Sawyer, it's easy to overlook our other local gems such as Lake 12 located just east of town. Like Lake Sawyer and Lake Wilderness, Lake 12 shared in the boom times for summer resorts during the 1920's. Following is a photo of the beach area full of summer guests enjoying a day at the lake.
Photo courtesy Washington State Historical Society, Curtis 49149, Asahel Curtis photographer, circa 1925
There appear to have been quite a few row boats for rent.
Photo courtesy Washington State Historical Society, Curtis 48389, Asahel Curtis photographer, circa 1925
Though you can only see their heads, the resort had quite a large float with a water slide. Note that even the men wore tops. Following is a view from the shore. This would seem to indicate that the former resort was located at the west end of the lake.
Photo courtesy University of Washington Libraries, Asahel Curtis photographer, circa 1925
The following photo tells a lot about the times.
Photo courtesy Washington State Historical Society, Curtis 48387, Asahel Curtis photographer, circa 1925
Don't worry about bringing your own bathing suit. You could rent one. One size fits all? Even though you were on the beach, dresses were apparently still the attire of choice. What to drink? Orange Crush and Coca Cola, of course.
For those unfamiliar, the lake does have public access and boat launch area at the southeast end of the lake provided by Washington State Parks. Boating requires old fashion man power. No power boats allowed. If you haven't been their, well worth stopping by.