Beaver Lake will get 2,400 rainbow trout Wednesday

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.

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Has time run out on Beaver Lake Triathlon?

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.

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Lakes stocked for April 26 lowland lakes opener

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.

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Beaver Lake will get
 1,200 large hatchery rainbow trout for Aug. 21

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.

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Sammamish Symphony joins choir to create sounds of season

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.

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Head to Beaver Lake for hatchery rainbow trout

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.

Dallas Cross

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.

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Beaver Lake to receive 2,000 hatchery trout

October 30, 2012

Anglers can soon catch large trout in Beaver Lake, due to the release of about 2,000 hatchery rainbow trout averaging about 2 to 3 pounds each.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is scheduled to release the fish Nov. 7. Beaver Lake access closes at sunset Nov. 6 and reopens at sunrise Nov. 8. Beaver Lake remains open to fishing while the access site is closed.

The trout were part of an educational display at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

Beaver Lake is best fished by small boat, although anglers also can be successful fishing from shore, said Justin Spinelli, fishery biologist for the department.

The lake’s access site is most easily reached by way of East Beaver Lake Drive Southeast, off Southeast 24th Street in Sammamish.

Parking for vehicles and boat trailers is limited, and a valid Department of Fish and Wildlife Vehicle Access Pass or Discover Pass must be visible in vehicles parked at the access site.

Nightmare at Beaver Lake returns to offer Halloween scares

October 16, 2012

Samantha Gavin, Nightmare at Beaver Lake makeup artist, practices creating fake wounds Oct. 14. By Lillian O’Rorke

Zombie motorcyclists, like a flock of bats out of hell, should roar from the dark to claim a Sammamish Plateau park as passers-by watch in terror.

The scene sounds lifted from a zombie flick, but Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers planned a zombie motorcycle ride to open the annual Halloween haunt.

The motorcyclists, led by former child star Danny Bonaduce, a radio host for KZOK-FM — a Nightmare at Beaver Lake sponsor — plan to open 11 nights of frights in the park. The event returns Oct. 19 and continues through Halloween.

Nightmare attendees should prepare for characters lifted from tales by Edgar Allan Poe and H.G. Wells, plus a ransacked cityscape reminiscent of “The Walking Dead” before a finale inside a haunted house.

Event organizers expect more than 10,000 people to venture into the dark forest and more than 20 scenes arranged along a trail and inside park buildings. Nightmare hosted more than 12,000 attendees last year, and organizers hope for 14,000 people to head into the haunt in the coming nights.

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Beaver Lake Triathlon tests top athletes

August 21, 2012

Megan Worzella, 27, of Bellevue, leaves the transition area to begin the running leg of her winning the female 25-29 years of age category with an overall time of 1:3å3:33 in the Beaver Lake Triathlon. By Lillian O’Rorke

The buzz of hundreds of people chattering rose up from the shore of Beaver Lake Aug. 18 as athletes clad in Speedos and wetsuits waited for their turn to make a splash.

The Beaver Lake Triathlon kicked off at about 8 a.m. with the first group of elite challengers disturbing the silky lake surface like a school of salmon. What followed was wave after wave of 50 swimmers each, making their way around the quarter-mile course before sprinting to the bike transition area.

“It was very warm — we had that heat wave,” said Jason Renfroe, of Sammamish. “It’s a real short course. All you do is sprint as fast as you can, gulp a lot of water and tag your partner.”

His teammate Steve Holton took over for the second cycling leg of the race. After finishing the 13.8-mile bike ride down and back up Redmond-Fall City Road, Holton was stripped of any grand illusions but still smiling.

“It was hard,” he said. “I don’t think we are in as good a shape as last year. But it’s always a good event.”

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