Lake Sammamish State Park

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Craving a beach day not far from Seattle? Head to Lake Sammamish State Park!  Boasting two lakefront beaches and trails through deciduous forest and wetlands, this park provides a family outdoor experience just off the urban grid. You may even get to share space with one of the great blue herons or bald eagles that nest in the park. 

Love water sports but don’t have a kayak or board? No problem! Rentals are available at Tibbetts Beach. Rather keep your feet or wheels on the ground? Bring bikes, walking poles, binoculars and bird books, or bring your GPS unit for geocaching, and explore the light-dappled trails. 

Would the kids prefer unstructured time? Let them loose in the brand-new-state-of-the-art playground, while you watch from the sidelines and rest.
In addition to free-form fun, Lake Sammamish hosts community events year-round. They include nature, birding and dog walks; stewardship projects; paddling and cycling events; kids’ obstacle courses; summer concerts; holiday boat parades; and the annual summer Parkadilly Fair. 

Whether you live in the Emerald City or have come to the area for a visit, Lake Sammamish is the place to picnic, play and make memories.

Park features

Lake Sammamish State Park is a 510-acre day-use park with 6,858 feet of waterfront on Lake Sammamish. The area around the lake carries cultural significance as a gathering place for at least four Native American tribes. 

Although recreation is bound to keep the whole family busy, a salmon-bearing creek and a great-blue-heron rookery also provide birding and wildlife viewing opportunities. 

Automated pay station: This park is equipped with an automated pay station for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass.

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  3. Camping
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ADA amenities/facilities

  • Restroom
  • Hiking trail

Picnic & day-use facilities

The Kitchen Shelter is reservable and 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 up to 400 people.

The Rotunda Shelter is reservable 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. 

All day-use facilities are reservable by visiting online or calling 888-CAMPOUT (888-226-7688). The park also offers one sheltered and 475 unsheltered picnic tables, plus 80 barbecue grills on stands.



  • 1.5 miles of biking trails
  • 1.5 miles of hiking trails

Water activities & features

  • Boating
  • Freshwater fishing
  • Nine boat ramps
  • Personal watercraft use
  • Swimming
  • Water skiing

Other activities & features 

  • Two horseshoe pits
  • Two baseball/ softball fields
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Bird watching

Additional information


  • The park offers paved walking paths, compacted dirt and gravel multi-use bicycle/hiking trails.
  • Kayak and SUP rentals are available in the summer through Issaquah Paddle Sports.
  • There are sanded volleyball courts, but many people place volleyball nets anywhere on the beach.
  • There is a bathhouse with dressing rooms and two big toy children's play areas.
  • 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.