To the Washington state Department of Natural Resources, it's Bevis Lake. In Census Bureau records, it's Butthead Lake.

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LAKE STEVENS — To the Washington state Department of Natural Resources, it’s Bevis Lake. In Census Bureau records, it’s Butthead Lake.


Ken Brown, a land surveyor with the state agency, suspects somebody in the federal agency decided to have some fun with the name of the 5.7-acre lake in a forested area about 25 miles northeast of Seattle.


“That means someone is playing a joke, I think,” Brown said. “It’s got to be.”


He noted that U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps also show the name as Bevis Lake.


Bevis and Butthead are almost identical to the 1990s MTV cartoon show “Beavis and Butt-head,” which featured a pair of slacker teenagers who watch music videos on television, mess around at work with food sold at Burger World and make bad jokes at school.


It’s not unusual for small lakes in out-of-the-way places to have different names because of variations in county, state or other official records, but there are no such indications in this case, Brown said.


The lake also has a third name outside official records.


The Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which owns nearby Camp Brinkly, calls it Brinkly Lake, manager Gary Gilger said, adding, “it’s nothing we make a big deal out of.”