Charity run benefits lake salmon

September 16, 2014

Help benefit Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon restoration efforts at the Run With the Kokanee 5K and 10K charity race Oct. 18 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Proceeds benefit the Bellevue-Issaquah Chapter of Trout Unlimited and its efforts to save Lake Sammamish kokanee.

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To the Editor

September 9, 2014

Talus trees

The trees are the view;  enjoy them

If I could take a moment to remind those that buy homes in Issaquah… the trees are the view! We are so fortunate to live within a tall urban forest and it should be celebrated not demolished. Please, everyone, look out your window and be grateful that we have so many beautiful, oxygen-producing, soil-protecting, wildlife-sustaining evergreens all around our fine city!

Susan Trent


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Go flying over Lake Sammamish in upcoming courses

September 9, 2014

Washington State Parks offers a Safety in Flight Training course Sept. 10-17 and Sept. 26 through Oct. 1 at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road.

The flying is in the Sunset Beach area, all day.

The course involves experts towing paragliders behind a boat on the lake who instruct students on various safety maneuvers.


State park offers bicycle, orienteering racing events Sept. 7 and 9

September 6, 2014

NEW — Noon Sept. 6, 2014

The Washington State Parks offers two racing events for outdoor enthusiasts at the Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road:

MFG Cyclocross — An all-day bicycle event Sept. 7 on Sunset and Tibbetts beaches. Learn more here.

Krank Adventure Race — All-day orienteering event Sept. 9 where groups have to find 15 survey markers using a map, compass and GPS device.  Learn more here.

State Parks announces ‘free day’ for Aug. 25

August 24, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 24, 2014

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants the public to know that Monday, Aug. 25, is a state parks “free day.”

Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks, including Lake Sammamish State Park and Squak Mountain State Park locally.

The free day is in honor of the birthday of the National Park Service, which was established Aug. 25, 1916.

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Lake Sammamish Triathlon takes place Aug. 23

August 21, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 21, 2014

The Lake Sammamish Triathlon returns to Lake Sammamish State Park on Aug. 23.

The event begins at 7 a.m. and includes a quarter-mile swim, a 14.7-mile bike ride and a 3.2-mile run, mostly over trails.

Participation fees range from $45 to $100, depending on the division being entered. They increase after online registration closes, at 12:10 a.m. Aug. 22.

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Campfire burn ban lifted for Western Washington state parks

August 16, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 16, 2014

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has lifted the ban on campfires in Western Washington state parks.

Western Washington is considered the region west of the crest of the Cascade Mountain range. Those include Lake Sammamish State Park and Squak Mountain State Park.

Washington State Parks wants the public to know that park managers have the discretion to restrict campfires in campgrounds, based on their assessment of conditions, which may change quickly.

Campfires are allowed in approved fire pits only. Park managers may also require smaller fires than are normally acceptable.

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Potential state park annexation is given more time for discussion

August 12, 2014

Zoning questions held off an Issaquah City Council move toward annexing Lake Sammamish State Park.

Presented with an agenda bill to adopt a letter of intent Aug. 4, the council faced a step in taking over jurisdiction of the park from the state. The matter entered council consideration in April after the state parks department presented the idea to city officials in the form of a petition for annexation.

City Long Range Planner Trish Heinonen said the idea came from last year’s securing of $5 million for improvements to the 512-acre state park.

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Fire Dash comes to state park Aug. 16

August 12, 2014

The nation’s only firefighting-themed 5K obstacle course is coming to Lake Sammamish State Park at 8 a.m. Aug. 16.

The Fire Dash, designed by firefighters, puts participants through a slew of obstacles that test stamina and agility, and make ample use of fire and smoke. The course is likened to a mini fire academy for new recruits.

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Campfires prohibited in all state parks to help prevent wildfires

August 12, 2014

NEW — 9:35 a.m. Aug. 12, 2014

Washington State Parks announced today that campfires in all state parks will be prohibited until further notice to help prevent human-caused wildfires during the hot, dry season on both sides of the Cascade Mountains.

Locally, that includes Lake Sammamish State Park and Squak Mountain State Park.

The prohibition on campfires in state parks complies with the announcement Monday by Washington State Department of Natural Resources, which notified the public of a ban on all outdoor burning on lands protected by the department, through Sept. 30.

That agency has fire protection responsibility for all but a few state parks. Prohibiting open fires and campfires in all state parks is intended to minimize public confusion and cooperate with the department’s effort to prevent wildfires.

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