Lake Sammamish State Park hosts paddling festival May 8-9

May 5, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 5, 2015

For expert paddlers or those looking to try sea kayaking or stand-up paddling for the first time, the fifth annual Northwest Paddling Festival is the place to be to get started for a summer on the water.

The festival, the largest of its kind in the Northwest, will be May 8-9 at Lake Sammamish State Park. The hours are from 2-7 p.m. May 8, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 9.

During the course of the two-day celebration of paddle sports, attendees can demo boats, take kayak tours, attend seminars and check out the latest in gear and accessories from more than 60 paddle sports businesses.

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Celebrating Fry-day

April 28, 2015

By Kathy Aslamy Courtney Coulson (right), gives a thumbs up as she and other Blackwell Elementary School fourth-graders release kokanee salmon fry April 24 into Laughing Jacobs Creek near the Lake Sammamish State Park boat launch. It was the sixth consecutive annual release of native juveniles that were spawned at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery over the fall and winter in a program to reverse the danger of extinction to the species. The Kokanee Work Group, made up of local government and community groups, continues to work to help the kokanee survive.

By Kathy Aslamy
Courtney Coulson (right), gives a thumbs up as she and other Blackwell Elementary School fourth-graders release kokanee salmon fry April 24 into Laughing Jacobs Creek near the Lake Sammamish State Park boat launch. It was the sixth consecutive annual release of native juveniles that were spawned at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery over the fall and winter in a program to reverse the danger of extinction to the species. The Kokanee Work Group, made up of local government and community groups, continues to work to help the kokanee survive.

Issaquah’s annual cleanup day is Saturday

April 21, 2015

Members of the Downtown Issaquah Association have learned over the years that as clean as the city looks, there’s still a need to tidy up after a careless few.

Thus, the association’s annual effort to pick up trash in the downtown corridor has grown into a more encompassing event — the third annual, citywide Keep Issaquah Beautiful Day.

The cleanup is from 9 a.m. to noon April 25. The beautification project has grown past the length of Front Street to include: Read more

Lake Sammamish State Park hosts kayak nature tour April 12

April 11, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 11, 2015

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Issaquah’s Paddle Sports and Kayak Academy host a kayak tour along the shores of Lake Sammamish to view great blue herons in their nesting habitat.

The tour is from noon to 3:30 p.m. April 12 at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road. The park hosts one of the largest heronries in the greater Seattle area with 80 to 100 pairs of nesting great blue herons.

The tour costs $18 per person. Pre-registration is required online at www.kayakacademy.com.

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To the Editor — April 8, 2015

April 7, 2015

City arborist

Letting go of Alan Haywood was a mistake

Regarding the release of Alan Haywood: a very shortsighted action by the Issaquah City Council. We have just taken over Lake Sammamish State Park with its thousands of trees and remove the person who is best able to monitor the park trees!

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Visit state parks for a ‘free day’ March 19

March 17, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 17, 2015

Washington State Parks turns 102 years old March 19, and visitors are invited to help celebrate by getting out to enjoy a state park for free that day.

March 19 is the third of 12 State Parks “free days” in 2015, when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a park, such as Lake Sammamish State Park.

Learn more about the Discover Pass at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

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Visiting volunteer leaves artistic mark on Lake Sammamish State Park

March 10, 2015

Wet weather held her back, but all the way from Charles City, Iowa, artist Jackie Davidson managed to make an impression on Lake Sammamish State Park, even giving some of the local critters a voice that says, “Thank you.”

With a son living in Seattle, Davidson and her husband Dennis decided to leave behind the frigid temperatures of their home state and spend winter here. Jackie Davidson is an artist-in-residence at a historical museum back home, so when she learned about an opportunity to volunteer for Lake Sammamish State Park, naturally it brought out her creativity.

By Greg Farrar Artist Jacqueline Davidson paints onto an outdoor bulletin board an 1890’s photograph of the John and Addie Anderson farm.

By Greg Farrar
Artist Jacqueline Davidson paints onto an outdoor bulletin board an 1890’s photograph of the John and Addie Anderson farm.

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Lake Sammamish Mural Artist

March 9, 2015

March 7 Lake Sammamish Half Marathon registration filling fast

February 24, 2015

Registration is filling fast for the March 7 Lake Sammamish Half Marathon.

The half marathon takes runners along the smooth trail that connects Marymoor Park in Redmond to Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah. About 30 percent of the course will be on smooth gravel surface and the remaining 70 percent on pavement.

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State Parks offers 12 ‘free days’ in 2015, starting today

January 1, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 1, 2015

State Parks offers 12 ‘free days’ to visitors in 2015

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission recently released its schedule of days in 2015 when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park.

The “free days” are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass — a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Department of Natural Resources.

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