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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 7, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. June 7, 2014
Washington State Parks has 12 free days in 2014 when visitors are not required to display a Discover Pass to visit a state park, including Lake Sammamish State Park. The next dates are June 7 and 8.
National Get Outdoors Day on June 14 also features a free day of parking.
May 6, 2014
May 11 is the next of 12 “free days” in 2014 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-managed recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.
The Discover Pass legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 “free days” when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The free days apply only at state parks. The Discover Pass is still required to access DFW and DNR lands.
April 18, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. April 18, 2014
Washington State Parks has 12 free days in 2014 when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park, including Lake Sammamish State Park. The next dates are April 19 and 22.
The free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state-managed recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the state Department of Natural Resources.
March 18, 2014
An annexation that may make sense
Washington State Parks has asked the city of Issaquah to consider annexing Lake Sammamish State Park. The idea is worth considering.
As it stands, the park, even though it is a state park, sits in unincorporated King County. However, it is surrounded on all sides — except the lake side — by Issaquah.
As there have been plans to add some developments to the park, Issaquah has taken the lead in vetting those plans. But, once a specific plan is chosen, the county would need to get involved in issuing needed permits.