Audubon Society Bird Walk

Join the Audubon Society on November 20th at 8:00am for their monthly bird walk. Lake Sammamish State Park offers a wide assortment of birds and habitats in its varied ecosystems. The walk is 2 to 3 miles. It can be an enjoyable walk for youth as well as adults. Dress appropriately (rainproof in layers; some of the trails can be very muddy if wet).After you come into the park at the main entrance, take the first left into the large parking lot and meet at the northeast end. The bird walk is free. A Discover Pass is required to...

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State Park’s Boating Dock is in the Works!

We are pleased to announce that federal, state and local permitting to install a boating dock at Lake Sammamish State Park has been submitted. The original plan included two docks but after it was noted that baby salmon had a hard time accessing the area in front of the beach, one dock was removed. Current plans include a dock on the north side of Sunset Beach. This will allow salmon to access the restored area in front of Sunset Beach, enable boats to tie up and also protect the ADA ramp from floating debris. To protect salmon in Lake Sammamish, the actual dock installation work in the water can only take place July 15 to August 31. The majority of this work will be pile driving. Completion of the docks will likely take place before summer...

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Tree Planting at Sammamish Cove with Mountains to Sound Greenway

On Saturday, October 14th, Mountains To Sound Greenway, City of Issaquah, Lake Sammamish State Park and Carter Subaru sponsored the Annual Tree Planting Celebration at Sammamish Cove. The day was clear and crisp–perfect for getting outside and digging holes and planting trees! Volunteer turnout was great and it was wonderful to see so many groups and families come out to help increase native plant diversity, canopy cover, and tree regeneration, all of which will benefit native salmon populations. Sammamish Cove borders Tibbett’s Creek, an important salmon-bearing stream that provides vital habitat for species in the Lake Sammamish ecosystem. There are many more opportunities for individuals and groups to come out to Lake Sammamish State Park to help with restoration of native habitats. For more information, email director@flssp.org....

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Save the Date for Our Annual Holiday Beach Party

Bring your family and friends on Saturday, Dec. 2 for the FLSSP  Annual Holiday Bonfire &  Beach Party at Sunset Beach at Lake Sammamish State Park.  Issaquah Singers will lead holiday caroling, we will view the lighted holiday boat parade and roast marshmallows. Beach bonfires will keep us warm on the outside while complimentary hot chocolate will keep us warm on the inside. The party starts at 4:30pm. Wear warm clothes, sturdy shoes and gloves and bring a flashlight or headlamp and possibly a chair.  The event is free but bring your Discover Pass for parking. If the weather presents a challenge, we will post updates on our website at www.lakesammamishfriends.org and our Facebook Page. The lighted boat parade is organized by Lake Sammamish Yacht Club. If you are a boat owner and would like to participate, call 425-449-0070 or email...

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Meet Americorps Member Sarah Crestol!

We are thrilled to welcome Sarah Crestol as our new AmeriCorps service member. In addition to working at Lake Sammamish State Park, Sarah will also be working with the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and with biologists from the Department of Fish and Wildlife. All of her work will be in support of the mission and goals of the Lake Sammamish Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership. Sarah grew up in Southern California and earned a BS from Cornell with a concentration in environmental biology. After graduating, Sarah served as an environmental educator in the Peace Corps in Peru, where she enjoyed connecting with people of all ages in spite of cultural differences. She is excited to be part of our team here in Issaquah and says, “I feel really fortunate to be getting hands-on experience in a field I love and learning from professionals dedicated to protecting Lake Sammamish and restoring native species.” We are so lucky to have Sarah as part of our team and look forward to an amazing year.        ...

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FLSSP Annual Celebration

The Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park’s Annual Celebration was the perfect opportunity to enjoy food and friends, dedicate the native plant trail, celebrate several of our outstanding volunteers and to honor Richard Benson on his retirement after 38 years of service to the State Parks of Washington. The Snoqualmie drummers helped us dedicate the native plant trail while Rangers Joy Kacoroski and Peter Walters led a walk of trail to enthusiastic participants. We were thrilled to honor Dora Rajkhowa and Pat Huttenan for their selfless service on behalf of LSSP. Finally, we discussed all of the amazing things that the Friends Group has accomplished over the past year and presented several exciting initiatives slated for the coming year. In 2018 we will advocate to bring Lifeguards to Sunset Beach, make Lake Sammamish State Park the trailhead for Lake Sammamish Trail and improve the park’s soccer fields. The Friends Group works to bring funding to improve the park, promotes the park locally and regionally and hosts events at the park, giving you more reasons than ever to visit! Interested in helping out for a worthy cause? There are many ways to join us and to get involved. For more information, please contact Jennifer at director@flssp.org....

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