Totem Lake Actually Exists – Who Knew?

Totem Lake, KirklandTotem Lake, Kirkland
Totem Lake, Kirkland

Totem Lake, Kirkland

While out riding around Kirkland with City Council member Shelley Kloba she had us looking at this view, and I wasn’t sure why. Turns out we’re a little further away from the pond than I thought and that it’s actually Totem Lake.  I did not know this lake actually existed – it’s kinda cool that it does. The hospital and the mall are off to the right in this picture. In the map below the view is from where I put the little yellow number 1.

Totem Lake Arial View

The ride was great. We got to see a lot of the bicycle infrastructure that exists in Kirkland, and places where it could be better done. Eastbound on 132nd, for example – you lose the bike lane right when you need it going uphill. Tracking stuff like this can make a city work a lot better for its residents and the folks that work there.

Getting the cross-Kirkland connections right in a very hilly city is pretty critical and I’m pleased Shelley is working on it so diligently.

About the Author

I am the Director of the Department of Early Learning for Washington State. I formerly represented the 48th Legislative District in the State House of Representatives, chairing the Appropriations committee and spent many a year at Microsoft.