Central Lakes is a large neighborhood in southwest Lakewood, the second largest city in Pierce County, Washington. Central Lakes is named for its central location amongst five prominent lakes: Steilacoom Lake, Gravelly Lake, American Lake, Lake Louise and Waughop Lake. Central Lakes is just northeast of Interstate 5, which provides access to Olympia  to the south, and Seattle and Tacoma to the north. Lakewood has a strong presence of current and former members of the military, as the Fort Lewis military base is nearby.

The parks and surrounding nature preserves provide numerous outdoor venues for recreation, some of which include Steilacoom Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Capitol State Forest, Anderson Island and McNeil Island. The many lakes are perfect for fishing, swimming, and boating.

The Lakewood area has several premier golf courses, specifically Chambers Bay, a golf course along the shore of the Puget Sound, and host of the 2015U.S. Open Championship. Central Lakes also offers wine-tastings, historical reenactments, go-kart racing and movie theaters. 

Public transportation is available in Lakewood and around Pierce County, as are transit lines to Olympia, Seattle, and Sea-Tac International Airport.