Christmas Boat Parade hits Lake Sammamish

December 3, 2013

A new tradition begins this year with the first parade of boats decked out in holiday lights on Lake Sammamish at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 (rain date Dec. 8) at the state park beach.

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park invite the public to sing carols around a bonfire and sip hot chocolate while enjoying the magic of the twinkling lights on the boats from the beach at the park. Visitors will need a Discover Pass to enter the park or pay a $10 admission fee per carload.

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Come see holiday lights at Christmas Boat Parade on Lake Sammamish on Dec. 7

November 26, 2013

NEW — 4 p.m. Nov. 26, 2013

A new tradition begins this year with the first parade of boats decked out in holiday lights on Lake Sammamish at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 (rain date Dec. 8) at the state park beach.

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park invite the public to sing carols around a bonfire and sip hot chocolate while enjoying the magic of the twinkling lights on the boats from the beach at the park.

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Come to state park today to welcome salmon back

September 14, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 14, 2013

Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park are welcoming salmon home to Issaquah Creek from noon to 5 p.m. today at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road.

Visitors can learn about the two organizations as well as a number of other local groups focused on environmental stewardship.

Volunteer guides will explain the characteristics of the ideal creek habitat for salmon, identify the salmon species swimming in Issaquah Creek and describe the salmon lifecycle. The newly constructed boardwalk will be open for the public to explore the delta and lake shore at the mouth of Issaquah Creek.

Vehicle access to Lake Sammamish State Park requires a Discover Pass or a $10 daytime parking pass.

Learn more about the hatchery here. Like the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park here.

Groups team to welcome salmon back

September 10, 2013

Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park are welcoming salmon home to Issaquah Creek on Sept. 14 from noon to 5 p.m. at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road.

Visitors can learn about the two organizations as well as a number of other local groups focused on environmental stewardship.

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Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park welcomes new members

July 21, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. July 21, 2013

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park welcomes charter members to the newly formed organization.

Those who join the Friends before Aug. 1 will be invited to a special event at the park the evening of Sept. 12 and will receive a framed charter member certificate.

The group already has 45 paid memberships from people interested in helping preserve, restore and enhance the park in accordance with the park’s 2007 master plan. Suggestions for other improvements may also be pursued.

So far, the group has agreed to seek to re-establish a recycling program in the park and wants to redevelop the children’s playground area.

Receive a membership application by clicking the link to the right of this post.

Attend Lake Sammamish State Park boat launch ribbon cutting Thursday

July 15, 2013

NEW — 1:30 p.m. July 15, 2013

Lake Sammamish State Park’s newly improved watercraft launch will officially open July 18 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The new launch includes metal piers, replacing old wooden pieces. It also includes docks that extend farther into the lake than before, resolving flooding issues and addressing changes in water levels occurring over time.

The improvements also include a new lane configuration and new ramps to meet Americans with Disabilities Act criteria. In addition, local jurisdictions worked together on rain gardens to treat storm water from an adjacent parking lot.

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State budget includes funding for Lake Sammamish State Park projects

July 3, 2013

NEW — 7 p.m. July 3, 2013

Though the budget was slow to pass, Lake Sammamish State Park will benefit from the results of two legislative special sessions.

A total of $3.5 million will be allocated to improvement projects for the park from the 2013-2015 capital budget that passed the Legislature on June 27 and was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on June 30.

Freshman Sen. Mark Mullet (D-5th, Issaquah) championed the inclusion of the funding through the budgetary stalemate that came close to a state government shutdown.

“I was ecstatic to see the Issaquah projects included,” Mullet said of the funding for the park and transportation improvements north of Interstate 90. “I considered those two things a very big success.”

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