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Lake Sammamish State Park

Lake Sammamish State Park is a 512-acre day-use park with 6,858 feet of waterfront on Lake Sammamish. The area around the lake was an important culture zone for local Indian tribes for centuries. The park provides deciduous forest and wetland vegetation for the enjoyment of visitors. A salmon-bearing creek and a great-blue-heron rookery are additional features.

Getting There:  The park is located on the edge of the city of Issaquah, WA.  Get there from I-90:
Drive east to exit #15, and follow the signs.

Where to Go:  Start at the east parking lot and wind your way to the main beach, then walk toward the trail to the river mouth take a good look in the bay to the south.

Setting:  The park offers easy hiking trails, plus bicycling and mountain biking through natural areas along paved and compacted dirt roads. Kayak rental is available in the summer. There are two bath houses with dressing rooms, a concession stand and two "big toy" children's play areas.

Best Time to See the Birds:  This is a very busy park especially on a nice sunny day.  It isn’t as busy in the winter but mornings are always a good time for this park.

Birds Commonly Seen:  Crows, Pigeons, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Mallard, Bufflehead, Green-winged Teal, Ruddy Duck, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Coots, Kinglets, Cedar Waxwings, various Sparrows, Geese, Mew, Ring-billed, California, Herring and Glaucous-winged Gulls, Bald Eagles, Red-tailed and Sharp-shinned Hawks, Great Blue Heron, Jays, Owls, Wilson’s Snipe and Woodpeckers.

Restrictions:  Hours are Summer: 6:30 a.m. to dusk and Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk.

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