Capitol Lake in Olympia

One evening by the lake that the Washington State Capitol in Olympia overlooks - the Capitol Lake.

Capitol Lake, Olympia - Washington

The path to the Capitol Lake, Olympia - WashingtonA few weeks back we had a sneak peek at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia, WA, here on Tipsy from the TRIP. Now, let us see the lake that the Capitol building looks at every single day of the year — The Capitol Lake.

When we walked around the Capitol Lake and came upon the beautiful lake looking pretty in the evening light, we did not know that the lake was part of a big plan for the area.

When architects Walter Wilder and Harry White charted out their plan for the Capitol Building, they wanted it to overlook the water body and be seen from afar, says an information board near the building. Apparently, the architects envisioned the reflection of that impressive domed building with Greek-and-Roman-accents in the lake before it. If you do a search for the Washington State Capitol and the Capitol lake, you will see what a pretty picture they make together.

Coming back to the lake itself, Capitol Lake is a man-made lake and it stores some of the waters of the Deschutes River that flows North from Central Oregon and empties itself into the Columbia River between the two states. (Stay tuned for more about the Deschutes River and Central Oregon here on Tipsy from the TRIP).

For now — more pictures of Capitol Lake in Olympia, one spring evening:



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Capitol Lake in Olympia - Washington

One evening at the Capitol Lake in Olympia.

The path to the Capitol Lake.

Soft evening light at the Capitol Lake in WA.

Capitol Lake, Olympia, WA
Capitol Lake, Olympia, Wa

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28 Comments on this post.
  • Lady Fi
    25 September 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Lovely and soothing shots.

    • dNambiar
      26 September 2017 at 1:22 pm

      Thank you, Lady Fi. 🙂

  • rupam { xhobdo }
    25 September 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Brilliant pics. Thanks a lot for sharing.

    • dNambiar
      26 September 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Thank you, Rupam.
      Thank you for visiting. 🙂

  • Kokila Gupta
    26 September 2017 at 2:33 am

    Wonderful post…The lake and the surroundings..Specially that curved stretch of road!

    • dNambiar
      26 September 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Thank you dear Kokila. I hope you are doing well. 🙂

  • N Prasad
    26 September 2017 at 3:10 am

    This are looks like worth exploring. Man made or natural Capitol lake looks so beautiful with all the greenery around and the calm waters..

    • dNambiar
      26 September 2017 at 1:27 pm

      It surely does, Prasad. It’s so green and beautiful there — in the Pacific Northwest. 🙂

  • joshi daniel
    26 September 2017 at 4:22 am

    Looks great with those trees 🙂

    • dNambiar
      26 September 2017 at 1:28 pm

      I agree. 🙂

      Thank you for stopping by, Joshi. 🙂

  • Indrani
    26 September 2017 at 5:14 am

    Lovely . I wish I could get there now.
    Love the lake side dotted with white trees.

    • dNambiar
      26 September 2017 at 1:28 pm

      The beauty of Spring time. 😉

  • Aaichi Savali
    26 September 2017 at 6:42 am

    Superlike. Very nice write up and pictures of lake are captured so beautifully.

    • dNambiar
      26 September 2017 at 1:29 pm

      Thank you, Shubhangi. 🙂

  • Saravana
    26 September 2017 at 8:46 am

    Can’t believe it’s a man made lake… looks soo natural..

    • dNambiar
      26 September 2017 at 1:29 pm

      Beautifully, man-made, eh? 🙂
      Welcome here, Saravana. 🙂

  • photo cache
    26 September 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Very nice. I did not have time to visit Olympia when we went on a road trip to Seattle last month.

    Worth a Thousand Words

    • dNambiar
      26 September 2017 at 1:31 pm

      Next time. It’s not very far, right? 🙂
      I hope you get to see the inside of the Capitol building too, when you get to visit that side. I’d love to see your pictures, M. 🙂

  • Felicia
    26 September 2017 at 6:45 pm

    What a pretty lake. lovely in the evening light.

    • dNambiar
      28 September 2017 at 11:52 am

      The light was the highlight, I thought.
      The soft evening light seemed to pretty-up the lake and the surroundings. 🙂

      Thank you for coming this way, Felicia. 🙂

  • Rahul
    26 September 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Capitol Lake and surroundings are pretty

    • dNambiar
      29 September 2017 at 12:55 am

      And the late-evening light enhances the beauty of the place. 🙂

  • Alok Singhal
    27 September 2017 at 3:50 am

    The architects thought like me…every time I think of a lake, I think of the wonderful reflections it might provide 😊

    Doesn’t look like a man-made lake at all, guess the groundwork must have been impeccable!

    • dNambiar
      29 September 2017 at 12:59 am

      Alas! I didn’t get to see the reflections. The next time I go that side, I’m going to try to see it from afar; from where we can see that grand dome in the water. 😉
      I hear it look a long time for the lake to become what it is today. I’m sure a lot of work went into it.

  • Rajeev Moothedath
    28 September 2017 at 7:06 am

    Stunning Pics!

    • dNambiar
      29 September 2017 at 12:59 am

      Thank you so much, Rajeev. 🙂

  • umashankar
    1 October 2017 at 4:56 am

    You have chosen the perspective just as its architects envisioned. The post is an extension of the beauty of the structure.

    • dNambiar
      1 October 2017 at 7:05 pm

      That is a beautiful building. So is this lake.
      I wish I could have seen them in the same frame. If there’s a next time, I’m going to try and find a place where I can see the reflection of that Roman-temple like building in the calm waters of the Capitol Lake. And for sure, the pictures will be up on the blog. 🙂

      Thank you for stopping by, USP.
      Have a good week, ahead. 🙂

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