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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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.

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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Walk'n Wag
Apr
28
11:00 AM11:00

Walk'n Wag

Walk ‘n Wag 2019 includes a 3K walk with an agility course, a pet show, K-9 demonstrations from the King County Sheriff’s Office, Doggie Village with all kinds of products and services for pets, and more!

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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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Junior Ranger Program
Sep
1
3:30 PM15:30

Junior Ranger Program

Junior Ranger Programs are free and meet every Saturday from June 30-Sept 1. A Discover Pass is required for park entrance. All programs are subject to cancellation due to weather or staffing availability. For more information about programs, contact Joy Kacoroski, Lake Sammamish Interpretive Specialist, (425)455-7010, joy.kacoroski@parks.WA.gov.

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Mini Ranger Program
Sep
1
1:30 PM13:30

Mini Ranger Program

Mini Ranger Programs are free and meet every Saturday from June 30-Sept 1. A Discover Pass is required for park entrance. All programs are subject to cancellation due to weather or staffing availability. For more information about programs, contact Joy Kacoroski, Lake Sammamish Interpretive Specialist, (425)455-7010, joy.kacoroski@parks.WA.gov.

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Junior Ranger Program
Aug
31
1:30 PM13:30

Junior Ranger Program

Junior Ranger Programs are free and meet every Saturday from June 30-Sept 1. A Discover Pass is required for park entrance. All programs are subject to cancellation due to weather or staffing availability. For more information about programs, contact Joy Kacoroski, Lake Sammamish Interpretive Specialist, (425)455-7010, joy.kacoroski@parks.WA.gov.

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Junior Ranger Program
Aug
25
3:30 PM15:30

Junior Ranger Program

Junior Ranger Programs are free and meet every Saturday from June 30-Sept 1. A Discover Pass is required for park entrance. All programs are subject to cancellation due to weather or staffing availability. For more information about programs, contact Joy Kacoroski, Lake Sammamish Interpretive Specialist, (425)455-7010, joy.kacoroski@parks.WA.gov.

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Mini Ranger Program
Aug
25
1:30 PM13:30

Mini Ranger Program

Mini Ranger Programs are free and meet every Saturday from June 30-Sept 1. A Discover Pass is required for park entrance. All programs are subject to cancellation due to weather or staffing availability. For more information about programs, contact Joy Kacoroski, Lake Sammamish Interpretive Specialist, (425)455-7010, joy.kacoroski@parks.WA.gov.

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Stand Up for the Cure Seattle
Aug
25
8:00 AM08:00

Stand Up for the Cure Seattle

Standup for the Cure is building a compassionate, empathetic, nationwide community to foster a healthy lifestyle while raising money for early breast cancer detection, treatment, and education. 

Come out to Lake Sammamish State Park on August 25th for Stand Up for the Cure Seattle and 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. 

Since 2012 Stand Up for the Cure has been providing free breast cancer screenings while uniting paddlers, fitness enthusiasts, yoga practitioners, medical professionals and the breast cancer community from California to Florida and Michigan to Washington in an effort to save lives.  To register visit  Standup for the Cure Seattle .

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Junior Ranger Program
Aug
24
1:30 PM13:30

Junior Ranger Program

Junior Ranger Programs are free and meet every Saturday from June 30-Sept 1. A Discover Pass is required for park entrance. All programs are subject to cancellation due to weather or staffing availability. For more information about programs, contact Joy Kacoroski, Lake Sammamish Interpretive Specialist, (425)455-7010, joy.kacoroski@parks.WA.gov.

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Volunteers Needed for Habitat Restoration
Aug
19
10:00 AM10:00

Volunteers Needed for Habitat Restoration

Do something fun and good for the environment! Lake Sammamish State Park’s AmeriCorps Service Member Sarah Crestol is seeking help for her final restoration event.

Join her at the park in caring for young native plants by adding mulch and removing weeds that have sprung up around young plants. Help our native species thrive and maintain all of our volunteers’ hard work to restore the forest!

Snacks, parking vouchers, and supplies will be provided. To RSVP and receive more info, contact Sarah at sarah.crestol@parks.wa.gov.

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Kid's Obstacle Challenge
Aug
19
8:30 AM08:30

Kid's Obstacle Challenge

Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge is the ultimate family adventure and the only obstacle course designed for kids ages 5-16, where both kids and parents get to run together! If you are looking for a family-friendly kids event in the Seattle area - look no further

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Junior Ranger Program
Aug
18
3:30 PM15:30

Junior Ranger Program

Junior Ranger Programs are free and meet every Saturday from June 30-Sept 1. A Discover Pass is required for park entrance. All programs are subject to cancellation due to weather or staffing availability. For more information about programs, contact Joy Kacoroski, Lake Sammamish Interpretive Specialist, (425)455-7010, joy.kacoroski@parks.WA.gov.

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