Lake Sammamish boat docks receives $1 million funding

November 25, 2014

For the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, the proposed floating docks are part of an overall plan that predates even the founding of the group and that has been in the works for between five and 10 years.

In early November, the group received word that the plan for new boat docks off the shores of Sunset Beach has received approval from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.

“We want to see the currently developed areas of the park improved,” said Chris Kovac, president of the Friends group.

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Exhibit examines Prohibition in Issaquah

October 28, 2014

If you find yourself in downtown Issaquah the night before Halloween, you may catch a glimpse of a gaggle of historical characters rampaging through the area.

Issaquah History Museums Local residents are photographed at an illicit Prohibition party during the 1920s.

Issaquah History Museums
Local residents are photographed at an illicit Prohibition party during the 1920s.

The History Pub Crawl is a partnership between the Downtown Issaquah Association and the Issaquah History Museums to diversify the way local history is taught and to bring Issaquahans out in downtown on a Thursday night.

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Run with the Kokanee Oct. 18

October 14, 2014

Trout Unlimited will host its third annual Run with the Kokanee, a run through Lake Sammamish State Park benefitting the group’s work to protect kokanee salmon, on Oct. 18.

The flat course starts on paved park paths and finishes on wide, grassy trails. Runners can choose to do a 5K or 10K.

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Sunset Beach parking area closes for winter

October 14, 2014

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission recently released its 2014-15 winter schedule, with more than 60 parks remaining open seven days a week for camping and day-use activities.

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Get special presentation, tour at hatchery Sept. 19

September 16, 2014

The public is invited to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery for a special tour and presentation — “Salmon Recovery…We Can’t Do It Alone” — Sept. 19.

Learn about the impact on the Lake Sammamish watershed of human activity and ways individuals and policy makers can create an environment in which salmon can thrive. The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery has invited those who make decisions within their respective jurisdictions that impact the watershed to this special presentation.

Speakers will include:

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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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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.


Standup paddling is all the rage at lake this summer

August 26, 2014

Looking to get away from the shady turf of your office and catch some rays on the sunny surface of Lake Sammamish?

By Jared Poston Lindsay Lambert bends into a scorpion pose on a standup paddleboard, just offshore of Tibbetts Beach.

By Jared Poston
Lindsay Lambert bends into a scorpion pose on a standup paddleboard, just offshore of Tibbetts Beach.

Kayaking, sailing, wakeboarding and waterskiing are still popular, but more people are taking to the water on standup paddleboards — aka SUP: cruising both sides of the lake, checking out the fancy homes, getting close to otters, beavers and bald eagles and maybe getting all Huck Finn with a trip up Tibbetts Creek or Issaquah Creek.

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Talus trees are still standing for now

August 19, 2014

A tussle over trees in Talus continues to take its toll.

After six homeowners applied to the Talus Residential Association to remove 19 trees in a communal area this past spring, a groundswell of protest began aiming to protect the landscape. The homeowner applicants claimed that the trees blocked views offered by the development’s place on Cougar Mountain.

“We had views of Lake Sammamish, downtown Issaquah and the Cascades,” Henry Farber, one of the initial applicants and the attorney representing them, said. “That was part of the interest in buying these houses for all six of us. In the last eight years, all these trees have grown over.”

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Editorial: Kokanee work group does important work

July 15, 2014

The Lake Sammamish Kokanee Work Group is one of those little committees that government seems to form all the time. Typically, these sorts of bodies get together, author an important-sounding report and disband. The report gathers dust, and nothing actually happens.

This one is different. The kokanee work group has certainly done its share of fact-finding, but the facts are being put to use. The little red fish is recovering, and the efforts of the work group should be applauded.

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