Sunset Yoga
May
14
to Jun 4

Sunset Yoga

Please note that the May 7th class is cancelled.

What could be more beautiful than the sun setting over Lake Sammamish? You are invited to find your peace of mind during a beachside yoga class any Tuesday evening in May.

Vinyasa Power Flow Yoga is offered by Verde Organic Body and taught by Nicole Keicher. The 4-week class sequence will start with a focus on strength, flexibility and cardio, while incorporating the balance of restoration, deep stretching, breath work, and mindfulness. 

The class will be held 6-7p.m. Meet in front of the bathhouse at Sunset Beach. Class will be held under cover in case of rain. Come as you are! Cost is $12 per session.

Please bring the following if you have one:

·         Yoga mat

·         Water bottle

What to wear:

·         Comfortable, breathable, and fitted clothing

Nicole has been a Yoga practitioner since fall 2011 in search for something to balance other styles of vigorous workouts. Over the years, she began to see the benefits of the practice first hand and developed a passion to teach and share the benefits of yoga. The foundation of her practice combines the physical with an inner emotional and spiritual journey. By integrating body, breath, movement, and meditative awareness, she promotes an understanding of the inter-dependency of these traitsin personal health and well-being.

When: Tuesday May 7, 14, 21, & 28th 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Space is limited! Register on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sunset-yoga-tickets-60165235840

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Nature Photography Offered By Tim Boyer
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Nature Photography Offered By Tim Boyer

Learn how to photograph flowers, landscapes, water, and birds in two 2-hour class sessions and a Saturday 3-hour photography walk at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Whether you have a DSLR, a bridge camera or you use your smart-phone, there are certain fundamentals of nature photography that are important no matter the equipment. This class is all about how to improve or begin nature photography, utilizing the camera you have. 

Award-winning nature photographer Tim Boyer will discuss the elements necessary to make a beautiful image. The quality of light you choose, how to get a sharp image, how to get a great point of view, how to manage the background, what to watch for at the edges of the frame, how to get a great composition, and how to get a good exposure are all covered in his presentation.

Boyer’s images have been published in many bird and nature magazines. He is a full-time photographer and a graduate of Seattle Audubon’s Master Birder Program. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of photography and birds through workshops and presentations. In October of 2017 he started a YouTube channel where he posts bird photography tutorials every week and in March 2018 he published Learn the Art of Bird Photography, The Complete Field Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Photographers and Birders


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Sunset Kayak Tour
Jun
20
5:00 PM17:00

Sunset Kayak Tour

Join Seattle Adventure Sports and Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park for a sunset paddling adventure. We’ll meet at the east end of Sunset Beach near Issaquah Creek. Get out on the water to explore our beautiful backyard. We’ll set a comfortable paddling pace to allow us to enjoy the beautiful scenery. We’ll look for heron, bald eagles and wildlife along the shoreline. We’ll go paddling ( rain or shine) and have an amazing experience no matter what the weather! Come and get acquainted with Lake Sammamish State Park from a different angle. Your guides are expert paddlers, knowledgeable wildlife viewers, and will show you an amazing time.

Register on Eventbrite to reserve your spot as space is limited to 10 paddlers.

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AVP: Seattle Open
Jun
21
to Jun 23

AVP: Seattle Open

The 2019 AVP Seattle Open marks the fourth stop on the tour, bringing a conclusion to the first half of the season. As long as the AVP pros aren’t distracted by the breathtaking scenery, this tournament is set to bring fierce competition from first serve to last. With four different teams, on both the men and women’s side, taking home the past four titles, this could be anyone’s tournament to win! As bald eagles soar in the background, players will be competing to take home the Space Needle AVP trophy—the ultimate beach volleyball prize in the Pacific Northwest.

Between the serene setting and action-packed matches, you will not want to miss one of beach volleyball’s most unique events in the world: the AVP Seattle Open.

General admission is free, but for an elevated experience at the Seattle Open, purchase your VIP tickets here.

Read more at https://avp.com/event/seattle-open/#WRvTblmXP16BO52D.99

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Sunset Kayak Tour
Jun
21
5:00 PM17:00

Sunset Kayak Tour

Join Seattle Adventure Sports and Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park for a sunset paddling adventure. We’ll meet at the east end of Sunset Beach near Issaquah Creek. Get out on the water to explore our beautiful backyard. We’ll set a comfortable paddling pace to allow us to enjoy the beautiful scenery. We’ll look for heron, bald eagles and wildlife along the shoreline. We’ll go paddling ( rain or shine) and have an amazing experience no matter what the weather! Come and get acquainted with Lake Sammamish State Park from a different angle. Your guides are expert paddlers, knowledgeable wildlife viewers, and will show you an amazing time.

Register on Eventbrite to reserve your spot as space is limited to 10 paddlers.

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Eastside Triathalon
Jul
6
6:00 AM06:00

Eastside Triathalon

Sign up now for the popular Elton Home Team Eastside Triathlon right here at Lake Sammamish State Park- one of the original triathlon venues in the Pacific Northwest.  Race day includes a Sprint, Super Sprint, and Kids Triathlons.

As with all RTB events, Athletes can expect the same  energy-filled finish line experience, big breakfast, shirts, medals, and giveaways including a brand new Road Bike .

For more information or to register visit http://www.eastsidetri.com/.

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Sports Medicine Combine
Jul
13
8:00 AM08:00

Sports Medicine Combine

Ever wonder whether to use ice or heat?  How about that knee that’s been bugging you during your basketball game? What exactly are the signs and symptoms of a concussion? What do you do if you are injured while out hiking?    

Please join us on July 13th for the 1st annual Issaquah Sports Medicine Combine.  Sports Medicine professionals will gather from across the region to host courses, activities and training on sports related medicine.  These professionals include: Medical Doctors, Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Nurses, Trainers and other Sports Medicine Professionals.  Courses and stations will be on-going and offered through-out the day!

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Beach Bash!
Jul
13
7:00 PM19:00

Beach Bash!

The Beach Bash at Lake Sammamish is the biggest beach party in all of Seattle!  Come to Sunset Beach at Lake Sammamish State Park to hear the awesome Aqua Nets play a mix of 80's and 90's music including dance, rock and pop. Costumes optional! Whailen will open for the Aqua Nets.

Tickets to the Beach Bash include admission to the band and one drink ticket. This is a party for adults 21 and over as beer and wine will be served.

This event is hosted by Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park. To register, search for Friends of Lake Sammamish beach bash on Eventbrite.

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Parkadilly Kids' Concert, Fair & Fun
Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

Parkadilly Kids' Concert, Fair & Fun

Parkadilly is the biggest kid’s concert and fair on the east side! Join us for our 4th year at Lake Sammamish State Park.

This year’s children’s entertainment will feature Recess Monkey, Rhythms of India, Northwest Tap Connection and Joyas Mestizas. Outdoor activities will include a climbing wall, trampolines, wilderness survival workshop for kids, kayaking, arts and crafts and so much more! More than 45 kid-centric vendors will also be on site along with concession stands. There is no charge to attend Parkadilly but a $10 Discover Pass is required to enter the state park. All proceeds go toward improved services and amenities at Lake Sammamish State Park. 

This event is put on by Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park.

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The Great Inflatable Race
Jul
27
9:00 AM09:00

The Great Inflatable Race

The Great Inflatable Race is the first and original all inflatable obstacle fun run that uses giant inflatables spread throughout the running course.  You'll start the race climbing the inflatables and then race your friends and family to the next inflatable obstacle. This bouncy course contains between 8-10 massive inflatables that will bounce, bump and slide you all over the place! You'll finish the race with a perfect photo op on our final inflatable, and after a nice refreshing drink, you can check out the awesome Inflatable Village.  Check out our Inflatable Village page to see what the after party is all about!

The inflatables are one of a kind, and your whole family will enjoy this amazing run. Bring your kids and feel like a kid again yourself. Join us at the park for The Great Inflatable Race!

For more information and to register, visit https://thegreatinflatablerace.com/Seattle

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Camp S'more Family Camp Out
Aug
3
to Aug 4

Camp S'more Family Camp Out

August 3-4 (overnight event) ----3pm Saturday to 10:00am Sunday

Families, pitch your tent at Camp S’more!  It’s a hot summer night and the best place to be is right on the beach or under a shady tree at Lake Sammamish State Park. Camp S’more is back for a third year and families will be able to pitch a tent and stay all night!

Camp S’more is for first-time campers or those with experience who just want a simple night under the stars. All they’ll need to bring is a tent and bedding. Dinner and a yogurt/granola bar breakfast will be provided.

A lot of fun activities are included! Prizes will be awarded in the tent decorating contest.. Bring your smart phone for geocaching instruction.  Learn about camping principles such as “pack in, pack out”. For a moderate fee, take an evening kayak tour with Issaquah Paddlesports. Listen to live entertainment. Cook marshmallows for s’mores over the beach campfire and join in our sing a long. Early risers are invited to join in the 6:30 a.m. bird walk.

To register, visit Eventbrite.

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Stand Up For The Cure
Aug
24
8:00 AM08:00

Stand Up For The Cure

Join us at Lake Sammamish State Park, WA and Standup to make an impact in your community!

All proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen Puget Sound.

This festival-style event includes instructor-led demos and clinics, live music, happy hour, and lunch. Paddlers of all levels and all ages are welcome. Participants that are new to paddling can learn alongside other beginners or attend the event as a "dry-foot" participant. 

REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE

  • Free SUP Jersey

  • Lunch

  • Happy Hour

  • Live Music

  • Free Health Screenings

  • Silent Auction and Opportunity Drawing Raffle with amazing Prizes

  • Free Lessons with World SUP Champions

  • Entry to Fun Races for all the Family

For more information, visit https://www.suftc.org/standup-seattle/

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PaddleFlow Class
Aug
25
to Sep 8

PaddleFlow Class

What is PaddleFlow®? A combination of Yoga, pilates and stand up paddle boarding! This class takes your favorite poses & exercises & puts them on the water. Yoga, pilates & paddle boarding are great for building balance, coordination, endurance and core strength.


Class will begin on shore to go over the basic fundamentals of SUP; water safety, board anatomy, proper stroke technique, launching and progressions to standing up. The class will then safely launch onto the water to do a short warm-up paddle, anchor the boards & start to flow!

Instructor Lindsay Lambert will offer two sessions, August 25 and Sept 8 at 9am.

*This is an all level class for ages 12 & up. No SUP or yoga experience required, but participants should feel comfortable in open water (be able to tread water).

The cost is $30 a time with your own gear, $40 if you need to rent ours.

Register at

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=478588&stype=-102&sView=day&sLoc=0

or on Eventbrite.

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Environmental Stewardship & Volunteer Appreciation Day
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Environmental Stewardship & Volunteer Appreciation Day

Bring your gloves and work gear, help us weed, mulch and plant, then party with your co-workers on May 18 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

To celebrate park volunteers, Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, and Washington State Parks are hosting a volunteer day of environmental stewardship followed by a picnic celebration, 10 a.m. to 2 pm.

Morning activities will include habitat restoration including weeding and invasive species removal. Then volunteers will be treated to educational tours, games, lunch and more!

Everyone is welcome and all training will be provided. Participants under 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers help ensure that Lake Sammamish State Park will continue to provide important habitat for several species of salmon, many birds — including bald eagles, great blue herons, and red-tailed hawks — and a wide variety of amphibians, insects and other wildlife.

Please pre-register and sign the waiver online at https://mtsgreenway.org/event/lake-sammamish-state-park-celebration-with-flssp/

Volunteers with 24 hours of service can earn a free Discover Pass for all volunteer events in Lake Sammamish State Park.  

For safety, volunteers are required to wear: Long pants made of sturdy material, sturdy, close-toed shoes and gloves (provided)

In addition, we recommend that participants bring: Layers, rain gear, long sleeved shirt, at least one full water bottle, small daypack for snacks, extra layers, etc.

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Catch a Perch, Save a Kokanee at the Second Annual Perch Derby
May
18
8:00 AM08:00

Catch a Perch, Save a Kokanee at the Second Annual Perch Derby

Register for the Second Annual Lake Sammamish Perch Derby and do something fun and great for the lake! The derby coincides roughly with the migration of Lake Sammamish Kokanee from the streams into the lake.  These little fish have to survive the gauntlet of predators like perch to survive and become future spawners.

Trout Unlimited’s Lake Sammamish Perch Derby is a fishing tournament for everyone! There are divisions for both children and adults and prizes will be awarded for the longest perch, heaviest perch, the heaviest 25 perch. A bonus prize for the largest pikeminnow will also be awarded.

The action starts at 8 AM with the final weigh in at 1 PM. Derby headquarters will be at the Lake Sammamish Boat Launch in Lake Sammamish State Park. Please note that a Discover Pass or a daily parking/launch fee will be required to enter the park.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trout-unlimiteds-2nd-annual-lake-sammamish-perch-derby-tickets-60359602195. A t shirt is included in the registration fee.

All proceeds from the derby will support the Lake Sammamish kokanee recovery work being done by the Bellevue-Issaquah Chapter of Trout Unlimited in partnership with the Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership (UWRP) and the Kokanee Work Group (KWG).

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May Salmon, Science & Suds Features Elwha River Update
May
15
6:30 PM18:30

May Salmon, Science & Suds Features Elwha River Update

The May Salmon, Science & Suds will feature speaker John McMillan, Trout Unlimited’ s Steelhead Biologist who will give an update on the recovery of the Elwah River. The Elwha River, located just west of Port Angeles, WA, historically supported large salmon and steelhead runs until it was dammed in 1913.  The river was recently “un-dammed” with the largest dam removal project in history and stream and native fish populations are responding. The event starts at 6:30pm with 30 minutes for networking; John McMillan will speak at 7:00pm.

Salmon, Science & Suds speakers address water quality, healthy fish populations, and habitat restoration. The series is offered to share interesting research and initiatives currently improving the health of the Sammamish watershed to the entire community. The evening will also include a raffle, great food and beer and good company.

 Please register on Eventbrite   or by email to director@flssp.org. Last minute drop-ins welcome. Rogue Ales Brewhouse is located at 35 W Sunset Way in Issaquah.

 

Salmon Science & Suds is presented by Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, Trout Unlimited, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Mid Sound Fisheries, Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership, and Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

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NW Paddling Festival
May
10
to May 11

NW Paddling Festival

Featuring more than 60 paddle sports businesses offering canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, paddling equipment, accessories and gear, the Northwest Paddling  Festival is a can’t-miss event for any paddling enthusiast. The largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, the festival brings paddle sports retailers, manufacturers and athletes together in one location!

Best of all, you can shop, compare and browse the best in paddle sports brands side-by-side, enjoy a tour down Issaquah Creek, learn a new skill at a seminar, and more! Try out the equipment of your choice for an on-water fee. Attendance to the festival is free.

Don’t miss the spectator-friendly race from the shores of Lake Sammamish State Park. It features a 6-mile course of kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders and outriggers in a three-lap race. There will also be a 2-mile course (one lap) for those interested in a shorter run or just new to racing. Both the 6-mile race and the 2-mile race will begin at 10:30 a.m.

For more information visit http://northwestpaddlingfestival.com






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Salmon, Science & Suds to Feature Beavers NW
Apr
17
6:30 PM18:30

Salmon, Science & Suds to Feature Beavers NW

The third Salmon, Science & Suds will be held at the Rogue Ales Issaquah Brewhouse on Wednesday, April 17, and will feature Elyssa Kerr, program manager at Beavers Northwest. Kerr will discuss beaver ecology and the important benefits beavers bring to habitat creation and climate change mitigation.

Beavers Northwest is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the many benefits that beavers provide through research, outreach and landowner assistance. More information about out services can be found at http://www.beaversnw.org/. Kerr spearheads the outreach, education, and landowner assistance programs. She derives equal joy from sharing fun facts about beavers with folks of all ages and throwing on her chest waders to climb into beaver ponds. 

Salmon, Science & Suds speakers address water quality, healthy fish and wildlife populations, and habitat restoration. The series is offered to share interesting research and initiatives currently improving the health of the watershed.

The evening will also include beer and food, and good company. The Issaquah Brewhouse is located at 35 W Sunset Way in Issaquah.

Salmon Science & Suds is presented by Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, Trout Unlimited, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Mid Sound Fisheries, Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership, and Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

Last minute drop-ins welcome. Register on EVENTBRITE at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/salmon-science-suds-tickets-60063548691 or RSVP by email director@flssp.org

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Bird Walk for Children
Apr
13
8:00 AM08:00

Bird Walk for Children

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park (FLSSP) in collaboration with Eastside Audubon, will offer two birding walks for children. Scheduled dates are April 13 & April 20. (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE APRIL 20 WALK IS FULL)

The first half hour will consist of instruction about birding etiquette, bird identification, using field guides, birding apps and binoculars. This is followed by 1+ hour walk in the park to see what birds are there concluding with a Q&A session.


Bring binoculars if you have them; loaners will be available if you don't. The trip is open to children ages 8+. All children under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

The trip is free but limited to 10 people (5 children/5 adults) and pre-registration is required. Contact Jennifer Adut at director@flssp.org to register or with questions.

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Holifestival of Color
Mar
23
to Mar 24

Holifestival of Color

HOLI 2019 - Festival of Color Celebration with Food, Dance, Music & Fun Activities with FREE ENTRY!!

Let’s celebrate the spirit of Holi together! Holi is a celebration of love, fertility, color, as well as the triumph of good versus evil. Holi marks the end of winter and welcomes the spring season.
We will have food, music, dance, colors, the outdoors and most importantly, YOU!!

For more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/406316013457086/

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Second Salmon Science & Suds Addresses State of Lake Sammamish Kokanee
Mar
20
6:30 PM18:30

Second Salmon Science & Suds Addresses State of Lake Sammamish Kokanee

“Salmon, Science & Suds" is a series of informal talks welcoming the community to better understand habitat restoration and rehabilitation efforts underway in the Sammamish watershed.

The second talk will be held at the Rogue Ales Issaquah Brewhouse on Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30pm and will feature King County Biologist Jim Bowers. Bowers will speak on the current state of Lake Sammamish Kokanee, ongoing preservation projects and programs and volunteer opportunities. The event starts at 6:30pm with 30 minutes for networking; Jim Bowers will speak at 7pm.

Salmon, Science & Suds is held quarterly. Speakers address water quality, healthy fish populations, and habitat restoration. The series is offered to share interesting research and initiatives currently improving the health of the Sammamish watershed.

    “There is so much effort to restore habitat and fish populations in the watershed,” said Jennifer Adut, Executive Director of FLSSP. "We want to ensure that the public has access to learn about these important developments."

  Mark Taylor, president of Trout Unlimited, agrees.

    "It's all about the health of our Sammamish watershed and what each one of us can do to improve our local environment," said Taylor.

    The evening will also include a raffle, great beer and good company. Please register at Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/salmon-science-suds-tickets-57797779715 or email director@flssp.org. Last minute drop-ins welcome. Rogue Ales Brewhouse is located at 35 Sunset Way in Issaquah.

Salmon Science & Suds is presented by Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, Trout Unlimited, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Mid Sound Fisheries, Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership, and Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

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Lake Sammamish Half Marathon
Mar
2
8:00 AM08:00

Lake Sammamish Half Marathon

Don’t miss the Lake Sammamish Half Marathon! The Lake Sammamish Half Marathon takes runners along the smooth trail that connects Marymoor Park in Redmond to Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah. This interurban trail is very popular with runners; about 30% of the course will be on smooth gravel surface and 70% on pavement. We also offer a half-marathon walk category with a generous 4 hour time limit. This flat run is perfect for a half-marathon personal best whether you’re running or walking!

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First Time Birder Walk Teaches the Basics
Feb
9
8:00 AM08:00

First Time Birder Walk Teaches the Basics

This field trip is for the novice birder, someone with little or no birding experience. It includes a combination of instruction and field time. Trip leaders Lori and Antonio will first cover topics such as birding etiquette, bird identification, using field guides, birding apps and binoculars. Then they will lead the group on a birding trip through the park. At the conclusion they will discuss choosing binoculars and Q&A.

This trip is a good primer before heading out on your own or joining other Audubon field trips. Bring binoculars if you have them; loaners will be available if you don't. Children 10+ are permitted if accompanied by a parent/guardian.

The trip is free but limited to 8 people and pre-registration is required. Contact Antonio Montañana at amontanana@eastsideaudubon.org to register or with questions. Please specify which beginning birder walk you’re signing up for when registering by phone or email.

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Pizza Night at Zeeks to Benefit FLSSP
Jan
24
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza Night at Zeeks to Benefit FLSSP

Join Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park at Zeeks Pizza, Issaquah on Thursday, January 24 for pizza night!

Enjoy great food, good company and support all of the important work we are doing to make Lake Sammamish State Park a gem of Issaquah.

Zeeks will be donating 20% of all sales from pick-up, dine in, or delivery, but customer has to verbally mention Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park to be part of the fundraiser.

Zeeks Pizza Issaquah

2525 NE Park Dr, Issaquah, WA 98029

11:00 am – 10:00 pm Daily

ph) 425-893-8646.

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FLSSP Launches " Salmon, Science & Suds"
Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

FLSSP Launches " Salmon, Science & Suds"

 "Salmon, Science & Suds" is a series of informal talks at the Issaquah Rogue Brewhouse, welcoming the community to better understand the restorative and rehabilitative efforts underway in the Sammamish watershed.

 The first talk will be held at 7 p.m., Jan. 16 and will feature Ken King from US Fish and Wildlife. He will speak on the mortality rate of Coho due to storm water run-off.

 Salmon, Science & Suds will be held quarterly and will discuss water quality, healthy fish populations, and habitat restoration. The series is offered In an effort to share interesting research and initiatives currently improving the health of the Sammamish watershed. Trout Unlimited, US Fish and Wildlife, Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, UWRP, and Mid Sound Fisheries are coordinating efforts to present the series.

    “There is so much effort to restore habitat and fish populations in the watershed,” said Jennifer Adut, Executive Director of FLSSP. "We want to ensure that the public has access to learn about these important developments. It's all about the health of our Sammamish watershed and what each one of us can do to improve our local environment.”

The evening will also include a raffle, great beer and good company.

Please RSVP by email director@flssp.org. Last minute drop-ins welcome.




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Companies Can Show Support for  FLSSP
Jan
16
12:30 PM12:30

Companies Can Show Support for FLSSP

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park receives support from a wide variety of organizations and businesses that stand by our mission. FLSSP works on programs and initiatives designed to increase park visits, bring economic vitality to our beautiful region and expand access to the outdoors for all.

Corporate levels of support start as low as $100 annually. Sponsorship is determined by cumulative giving over the year. All corporate partners will receive a window decal that announces your support of Lake Sammamish State Park to your clientele.

Friend $100-$249

Listing in FLSSP annual report

Listing on www.lakesammamishfriends.org 

FLSSP window decal for your place of business


Supporter  $250-$499

Listing in Annual report

Listing on www.lakesammamishfriends.org 

FLSSP window decal for your place of business

Listing in FLSSP e-newsletter

Silver $500-$999

Listing in FLSSP Annual Report

Listing on www.lakesammamishfriends.org 

FLSSP window decal for your place of business

Listing & Company Profile in FLSSP newsletter

Two VIP AVP Beach Volleyball Tickets

To join our corporate affinity program, contact director@flssp.org.

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Eastside Audubon December Birdwalk
Dec
5
8:00 AM08:00

Eastside Audubon December Birdwalk

December is the perfect time to step outside and admire our local feathered fauna. With many of the migratory birds having flown south for the season, you are likely to spot a few favorites that winter in the Pacific Northwest such as northern flickers, bald eagles, American coots, and great blue herons.

Washington state provides one of the best destinations in the country for bird watching as it is both a stopping point for hundreds of thousands of migrating birds as well as home to nearly 350 species. Of these, more than 220 can be sighted around the coasts, straits, inlets, and islands of Washington’s waterfront destinations. Lake Sammamish State Park offers a wide assortment of birds and habitats due to its varied ecosystems.

The trip will involve walking approximately 2-3 miles. Dress appropriately (rainproof in layers; some of the trails can be muddy if wet). Meet at 8:00 a.m. just inside the main entrance; take the first left into the large parking lot and meet at the northeast end. A Discover Pass is required to park. No registration required.

Co-leaders: Sharon Aagaard and Stan Wood. Call Sharon with any questions, 425-891-3460.

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Salmon Days Celebrates Return of the Salmon
Oct
6
to Oct 7

Salmon Days Celebrates Return of the Salmon

Fall is here, and salmon are returning to streams and rivers around Puget
Sound. Celebrate the miracle of the annual return of the Chinook and Coho
salmon to Issaquah Creek at the Salmon Days Festival.

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park will be there! Look for our booth
on the fish hatchery grounds.

The Pacific Northwest’s premier festival, Issaquah Salmon Days takes
place every year the first weekend in October, offering great food, live
entertainment on multiple stages, arts and crafts, a Grande Parade on
Saturday morning, a carnival and much more. Be sure to seek out the
traditional Salmon BBQ across from the hatchery, prepared by Kiwanis
Club of Issaquah.

Celebrate the return of the salmon this weekend with non-stop activities!

 

 

 

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Run with the Kokanee
Sep
29
9:30 AM09:30

Run with the Kokanee

Join us for a fun run with a cause at Run with the Kokanee! 

Your Run With the Kokanee 5k entry helps support the Kokanee Salmon recovery work of the Bellevue-Issaquah Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The Kokanee are unique to Lake Sammamish and are in danger of becoming extinct. Trout Unlimited works to protect the Kokanee’s access to spawning areas, educates fisherman to properly identify Kokanee, and teaches residents about environmentally-friendly lawn care, and more.

Make sure to stay after the race for top finisher awards, refreshments & snack, and great raffle prizes! All runners will receive a FREE tech t-shirt featuring the custom salmon artwork by Shaun Peterson! To register or for more information visit http://nwtrailruns.com/events/run-with-the-kokanee/

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FLSSP Annual Celebration Includes all of you!
Sep
27
5:30 PM17:30

FLSSP Annual Celebration Includes all of you!

Join Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park at the rotunda in the park on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 5:30pm to learn about all of the exciting initiatives FLSSP has planned for 2019.

Guest speaker Nikki Fields, a state parks planner, will share news on work being done to update the Lake Sammamish State Park master plan and environmental review.  

FLSSP will also recognize several of its outstanding volunteers who help to secure funding to improve the park, promote the park locally and regionally, plan events at the park, and lead watershed restoration efforts. 

Come learn about how you can get involved to help improve our treasured park. We will provide heavy appetizers. If you'd like to bring a dish to share, that would be appreciated!

For more information, contact Jennifer at director@flssp.org.

 

 

 

 

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Hike at Issaquah Creek to View Habitat Restoration
Sep
18
4:00 PM16:00

Hike at Issaquah Creek to View Habitat Restoration

Tor Bell, field director for Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, will lead a 1.5 mile hike about Issaquah Creek to showcase ongoing restoration. Walkers will be able to see the progress and learn about plans to restore the creek to a more natural habitat.

Trees along Issaquah streams are critical to healthy salmon runs and clean water. Native vegetation shades and cleans the water, and provides important habitat for fish and wildlife large and small.

The Issaquah Creek Basin is about 61 square miles and is bordered by Tiger, Squak and Taylor mountains. Even though the basin has many acres of good habitat and abundant wildlife, existing streamside areas are filled with more than 50% non-native plants. These plants don't provide shelter for wildlife and fish and are competition for the health of native vegetation.

The tour begins at Pickering Barn and finishes at the park. To sign up, email director@flssp.org.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Park Clean Up - We Need your Help!
Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

Park Clean Up - We Need your Help!

Junior Ranger Park Clean Up

Calling all kids, junior rangers, boy scouts and girls scouts! We need your help to clean up Lake Sammamish State Park. Stop by Sunset Beach Bathhouse between 10am and 11:30am on Saturday September 15th to participate.

Join park staff, neighbors and friends as we take care of our urban state park. All ages and abilities welcome! Snacks and refreshments to be provided by Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park. To RSVP, email Joy at Joy.Kacoroski@parks.wa.gov

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Perch Derby Coming to the Park in September
Sep
15
7:00 AM07:00

Perch Derby Coming to the Park in September

Bring your rods and reels and come out to Lake Sammamish State Park on Saturday, September 15 for the first ever perch derby!  Trout Unlimited will be hosting this fishing competition for fishermen and women of all ages at the Lake Sammamish State Park boat launch. 

The fun begins at 7 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. Anglers may fish anywhere on the lake they can access legally. The derby will include two divisions, adult and youth ages 15 and under. Pre-registration fees are $20 per adult, $5 per youth. On-site registration will be $30 per adult and $15 per youth.  All proceeds from this event will be used for Lake Sammamish kokanee restoration and outreach.

There are numerous places at the park where anglers can fish from shore as well. Many choose to fish from the beaches or boat docks.  In addition to perch, sport fish in Lake Sammamish include bass, black crappie, sunfish, catfish, and the occasional cutthroat. Please note that native kokanee salmon are not open for fishing and should be released ASAP.

This tournament will specifically target yellow perch.  Yellow perch were planted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in Lake Sammamish many decades ago.  They are abundant and are predators of the endangered kokanee salmon at certain life stages.   The derby will not only help to reduce the number of perch in the lake but will educate anglers about kokanee salmon and the ongoing work to improve the watersheds and health of Lake Sammamish. More information on Lake Sammamish kokanee restoration efforts can be found at http://lakesammamishkokanee.com/

Anglers will be allowed to weigh in a max of 25 yellow perch.  All fish will be weighed and measured and returned to the angler.  Prizes will be given in each division for longest fish, heaviest fish, and highest combined weight of catch. Bass Pro Shops, the Coho Café and Work Wear Place have generously donated prizes for the derby. 

To register for the derby, visit https://tinyurl.com/perchderby . For more information, contact David Kyle at Trout Unlimited at dkyle@tu.org or 425-287-2370. Trout Unlimited (TU) is a national nonprofit whose mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the park. Passes can be purchased at the park or online at www.discoverpass.wa.gov

 

 

 

 


 



 

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