There is an unused, dead-end channel that branches to the north off of the main Sacramento Channel in West Sacramento. This is what remains of Lake Washington which existed as a sperate lake before the shipping channel was constructed in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It is still called Lake Washington on some maps. The lake was named after the former town of Washington, which is now the Broderick neighborhood and is a part of the city of West Sacramento. This unused and undeveloped channel is only accessible by water and by a railroad track that can be followed from the end of Parkway Boulevard. The rest of the channel/lake is encircled by fences and warehouse/industrial buildings. Inside the perimeter of fences and industrial buildings, the channel and adjacent marshes resembles a park or wildlife sanctuary. There are large numbers of birds living in the marshes and the land seems mostly undisturbed. Many small watercraft have been towed out of the main Sacramento Deep Water Channel and abandoned here. Among these watercraft is the very interesting looking hippy houseboat thing pictured above. This houseboat was constructed on a barge out of some kind of steel mesh with a sprayed on cement product. If anyone knows anything about this boat.. please send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The lake Washington channel is a great place to walk around and get away from people. It is not a park or necessarily on public land but I didn't see any no-trespassing signs, nor did I see any other people when I was there.
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