Park Activities


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Hiking

Easy paved and compacted dirt trails are available for hiking, bicycling and mountain biking through natural areas. The park has 1.5 miles of biking trails and 1.5 miles of hiking trails.


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Picnicking

Lake Sammamish State Park is a perfect place for a picnic, big or small. There are three reserve-able picnic shelters, including a rotunda. Additionally, hundreds of picnic tables and barbeque grills are scattered throughout the park for your convenience. The Kitchen Shelter has two sinks and a center counter with electrical outlets. There are horseshoe pits, a large grassy area and a sand volleyball court. The shelter accommodates groups of up to 400 people.

The Rotunda Shelter may also be reserved and is a unique hexagonal shaped building with a central fireplace, six picnic tables inside, 12 tables outside and a sandy volleyball court. The shelter accommodates groups of up to 100 people. To reserve a shelter, call 888-CAMPOUT or reserve online.


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Paddling

Love water sports but don’t have a kayak or board? No problem! Rentals are available at Tibbetts Beach. Kayak and SUP rentals are available in the summer through Issaquah Paddle Sports.


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Swimming

Lake Sammamish State Park has two beaches with enclosed swimming areas and a fully renovated Bath House. Sunset Beach has been completely renovated in 2016; come check out the newly contoured beach, the cool 'buried' bronze critters and the ADA-accessible ramp. Playground and snack bar are easily accessible from the beaches.


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Playing

The new all access playground opened at the park in 2016. Rubber surfacing ensures accessibility for all, from strollers to wheelchairs. The playground is designed for ages 2-12 and includes a geodesic dome, a zip line and of course swings, slides and a rotating net. Best playground on the Eastside!


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Birdwatching

The park provides deciduous forest and wetland vegetation for the enjoyment of visitors, a large great blue heron rookery and the salmon-bearing Issaquah Creek.

This urban park offers a wide assortment of birds and habitats in its varied ecosystems. Birds commonly seen include Crows, Pigeons, Waterfowl (Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Mallard, Bufflehead, Green-winged Teal, Ruddy Duck, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Coots), Kinglets, Cedar Waxwings, various Sparrows, Geese, Gulls (Mew, Ring-billed, California, Herring and Glaucous-winged), Bald Eagles, Red-tailed and Sharp-shinned Hawks, Great Blue Heron, Jays, Owls, Wilson’s Snipe, and Woodpeckers.

Eastside Audubon Society offers monthly birdwalks in the park. Please check Eastside Audubon Calendar at https://eastsideaudubon.org/calendar for more details. Call Sharon with any questions: 425-891-3460.


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Learning

Junior Ranger programming is offered all summer on Saturdays and Sundays. Children are invited to meet our rangers and learn about native animals, conservation and the environment.


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Camping

Hans Jensen Youth Camp, located east of the lake across E Sammamish Parkway SE, is across the road from the Park. The Camp accommodates up to 100 people and up to 40 cars. There are 36 picnic tables and a covered picnic shelter. To reserve, call 800-CAMPOUT or reserve online.


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Fishing

Lake Sammamish is Western Washington’s premier small-mouth bass lake. A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Species Available: Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead Catfish, Black Crappie, Chinook Salmon, Kokanee, and Steelhead.


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Boating

Lake Sammamish is the perfect place for boating with 6,858 feet of waterfront. The park is a popular launch site as it is one of the few public launch sites on the lake. There are nine launches with very nice docks and 250 parking spaces for vehicle/trailer combinations. A restroom is also available for boaters.

A Discover Pass plus $7 launch fee is required, or Daily Access Permit $10 plus $7 launch fee, or free if you have a Natural Investment Permit.  There is an automated pay station that accepts cash or card.