July 2, 2015
Leading up to the long Independence Day weekend, Eastside Fire & Rescue officials are urging everyone to be extremely careful when heading out on the water.
Pine Lake, Beaver Lake, Rattlesnake Lake, Lake Joy, Lake Kathleen, Lake McDonald and Lake Sammamish, along with the Snoqualmie River and its tributaries, attract lots of recreationalists, especially this time of year.
April 21, 2015
Presidio Residential Capital and Summit Homes of Washington announced that they have begun home model construction on four projects in King County that will add 106 new homes to the area.
April 19, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. April 19, 2015
Beaver and Pine lakes in Sammamish join several hundred lowland lakes — stocked with millions of fish — for fishing’s opening day April 25 for a six-month season.
Anglers must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31, 2016. Purchase licenses online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov; by telephone at 1-866-246-9453 toll free; or at hundreds of license dealers across the state. Get details about license vendor locations at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendor.
November 2, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 2, 2014
Anglers will have an opportunity to catch large trout this fall in Beaver Lake, thanks to the release of about 2,400 hatchery rainbows averaging about three pounds each.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will release the fish Nov. 5. To facilitate that, the agency will close the Beaver Lake access site at sunset Nov. 4 and reopen the site at sunrise Nov. 6. Beaver Lake, however, will remain open to fishing while the access site is closed.
June 24, 2014
After 20 years, the Beaver Lake Triathlon might have met its end.
Former triathlon Director Debbie Dodd confirmed that the race, with its quarter-mile swim, 13.8-mile bike ride and 4.3-mile run, would not take place this year on its usual third weekend in August.
“I had done it the last couple of years, and it was just too much to handle for one person,” Dodd said. “There was just too much responsibility for just one director.”
After her decision to step down, she said a few organizations considered handling the event, but none were able to find the resources to carry the race on for its 21st year.
April 15, 2014
Washington’s biggest fishing day of the year — the lowland lakes trout opener — is April 26.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to plant about 16.5 million trout and kokanee in hundreds of lakes.
Those fish include 2.3 million catchable trout, nearly 115,000 jumbo trout weighing up to 11 pounds each and more than 50,000 triploid trout averaging 11 1/2 pounds each.
August 16, 2013
NEW – 5:45 p.m. Aug. 16, 2013
Get out your fishing pole. It will soon be time to catch large trout in Beaver Lake, thanks to the release of about 1,200 hatchery rainbows averaging about 1 pound each.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is scheduled to release the fish Aug. 20. The agency will close the Beaver Lake access site at sunset Aug. 19 and reopen the site at sunrise Aug. 21. Beaver Lake, however, will remain open to fishing while the access site is closed.
The trout are part of an educational display at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.
May 1, 2013
December 4, 2012
One of Sammamish’s holiday traditions, the Holiday Pops concert by the Sammamish Symphony, will have a new twist this year.
John Patrick Lowrie, known for work at the Village Theatre and voice-acting in a host of popular video games, will read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” to the accompaniment of the symphony.
“We try to make it interesting,” said R. Joseph Scott, conductor of the symphony.
The show will feature a host of popular holiday songs, Scott said, including Christmas and Hanukkah songs.
November 6, 2012
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is planning to release some of those big rainbow trout you may have seen in a rearing pond at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. In fact, you may have fed them through the fence with fish food provided by the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery during Salmon Days.
Beaver Lake in Sammamish will be the fortunate recipient site. The department announced it will release about 2,000 rainbow trout weighing from 2-3 pounds, and open the lake for fishing at sunrise Nov. 8. The lake was to be closed for fishing Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the reopening.
The daily limit for Beaver Lake is five fish of which only two may exceed 15 inches in length. Two of those big trout should be more than enough to feed most families.
Now, here is an easy-to-access, urban lake that is close by and only 15 minutes from downtown Issaquah. To cast and wade from shore, do so from Beaver Lake Park, maintained by the city of Sammamish. It has a lot of parking and is accessible from Southeast 24th Street that intersects 228th Avenue Southeast at Discovery Elementary School.