FISH hosts Public Officials Day Sept. 25; public is invited

September 21, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 21, 2013

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is hosting a special event to educate local elected leaders and the public about the importance of the hatchery and salmon conservation.

Officials from the area have been invited to a special presentation at 2 p.m. Sept. 25. FISH’s board of directors has invited City Council members, school district directors, water district commissioners, Metropolitan King County Council members, and state lawmakers from cities and districts that surround Lake Sammamish.

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Lake Sammamish earns federal designation

September 17, 2013

Lake Sammamish is one of only two places in the nation to earn a new federal designation. While the details of the program are unclear, it seems to mean that local officials will get some federal help in explaining the importance of the lake and its ecosystem.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has placed Lake Sammamish, and Masonville Cove in Baltimore, in its Urban Partnership Program, according to Denise Hawkins, of fish and wildlife.

The idea for the program came from the group that designates wildlife refuges. Typically, that means designating huge tracts of land as a refuge in order to protect wildlife habitat, Hawkins said. These typically end up in more rural areas, so in order to allow more people to be able to visit an area and learn about it, they decided to work in more populous settings.

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Lake Sammamish State Park Boardwalk Opens / Sept 12, 2013

September 17, 2013

‘Salmon Seeson’ has arrived, so go view local fish

September 15, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 15, 2013

Fall has arrived, and with it comes the return of salmon to Puget Sound streams and rivers. Sightseers can get a good look at the fish at several local waterways.

Spectators can watch the salmon return to Issaquah Creek from the bridge or through viewing windows at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way, through November.

Visitors can take self-guided tours of the hatchery daily, but the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery offers guided tours on weekends through Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Win a prize in Lake Sammamish kokanee fry count contest

May 7, 2013

The Bellevue-Issaquah Chapter of Trout Unlimited is offering a contest to see who can correctly predict the number of kokanee fry counted in the 2013 migration of fry from Ebright and Lewis creeks into Lake Sammamish.

The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Coho Cafe in Issaquah.

During the past seven years, chapter volunteers have been counting the number of fry that migrate downstream from the spawning areas into Lake Sammamish to help in the kokanee recovery efforts for Lake Sammamish.

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Jet skiers buzz Lake Sammamish in annual egg hunt

April 9, 2013

Jet skiers from as far away as Spokane celebrated Easter with an annual aquatic egg hunt.

About 50 riders arrived on the shore of Lake Sammamish on March 31 to take part in the event put on every year by The NorthWest Freeriders. While the weather is usually more of a hurdle than a blessing, riders waded out into the water during a bright, warm day.

Photos by Dayton Fedak Above, Jessie Wilcox (second from left) celebrates winning the hunt by collecting seven eggs in the short time it took for the 50 riders to collect the total 100. Alaina Fiske, Patricia Fiske and Scott Wilcox (from left) joined her. Below, riders wait on the waves of Lake Sammamish for the signal to start.

Photos by Dayton Fedak
Jessie Wilcox (second from left) celebrates winning the hunt by collecting seven eggs in the short time it took for the 50 riders to collect the total 100. Alaina Fiske, Patricia Fiske and Scott Wilcox (from left) joined her.

After a meeting to discuss the boundaries and rules of the competition, event coordinator Dayton Fedak planted 100 eggs in a cordoned-off southern section of the lake.

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State OKs King County rules for creek, lake

January 29, 2013

The state Department of Ecology approved King County rules for development near shorelines, including Issaquah Creek and Lake Sammamish, county and state officials announced Jan. 17.

The plan, or shoreline master program, is designed to guide construction and development on almost 2,000 miles of marine, stream and lake shorelines countywide.

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State approves plan for Issaquah Creek, Lake Sammamish

January 17, 2013

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 17, 2013

The state Department of Ecology approved King County rules for development near shorelines, including Issaquah Creek and Lake Sammamish, county and state officials announced Thursday.

The plan, or shoreline master program, is designed to guide construction and development on almost 2,000 miles of marine, stream and lake shorelines countywide. The rules combine local plans for future development and preservation, plus recent development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

The county Shoreline Master Program includes stretches of Issaquah Creek — from the headwaters on Tiger Mountain to the Issaquah city limits — and the mouth of the creek in Lake Sammamish State Park.

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Tastin’ n Racin’ event ends after 16 years

January 1, 2013

After 16 years of thunderous hydroplane racing and family-friendly fun, Tastin’ n Racin’ will come to an end.

Citing rising expenses and unreasonable insurance requirements, organizers made the decision to end the summer event, held at Lake Sammamish State Park, effective immediately.

Over the years, Tastin’ n Racin’ gave Eastside communities the opportunity to experience the excitement of hydroplane racing, up close and personal.

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Community offers support for Lake Sammamish State Park booster group

December 18, 2012

State officials laid the groundwork Dec. 10 for a community organization to support Lake Sammamish State Park as residents met to consider lifelines for the cash-strapped park.

Issaquah and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission listened to ideas for the facility from about 50 attendees at a Tibbetts Creek Manor open house, and received information from about 25 attendees interested in participating in a community organization to support the park.

The event, hosted by the city and state parks agency, launched a discussion about future ventures at Lake Sammamish State Park and what residents hope to see on the park’s 512 acres.

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