Bellevue Wild Wetland in Mercer Slough

Bellevue, Washington 98006

Bellevue Wild Wetland in Mercer Slough

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"Just blocks from Bellevue Square and the I-90 freeway, the 320 acres of the Mercer Slough Nature Park pulse with lush, primordial life. It’s the largest stretch of wetland left on Lake Washington, a habitat so rich it is easy to understand why Salish Indians located longhouses here in centuries past.

Later, while other wetlands on the shores of Lake Washington were filled in and built over, the slough’s peat soils were claimed by farmers, eager to grow such acid-loving plants as blueberries and strawberries. Only a remnant of this time exists at the Mercer Slough historic Blueberry Farm at slough’s edge, owned by the City of Bellevue. The ground here is so waterlogged that pumps are used to keep the land viable for growing."

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Jul 2018