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Posted on: November 18, 2016

16-070 Lake Sammamish State Park rings in the holidays with bonfire, lighted boat parade




Toni Droscher, State Parks, (360) 902-8604
Janet Farness, Friends of Lake Sammamish,
(425) 577-3657

OLYMPIA – Nov. 18, 2016– The Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park are bringing back the annual bonfire, lighted boat parade and hot chocolate lakeside tradition at Lake Sammamish State Park.

The family event begins at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at Tibbetts Beach in Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Rd, Issaquah. (Directions: The event will last for about an hour.

The Issaquah Singers will lead the holiday caroling, and beach bonfires will provide the warmth. The Friends of Lake Sammamish will provide hot chocolate. Participants should wear warm clothes, sturdy shoes and gloves. organizers also suggest participants bring flashlights and chairs.

The event is free, but participants will need a Discover Pass for vehicle access to the park. More information about the Discover Pass is here:

For more information, contact Janet Farness, FLSSP Executive Director, (425) 577-3657 or

The lighted boat parade is organized by Lake Sammamish Yacht Club. Those who wish to participate in the parade should call (425) 449-0070 or email


About Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park (FLSSP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting, enhancing and promoting Lake Sammamish State Park. FLSSP was formed in 2013 as a way for the park users and the community to improve communication among people interested in improving this jewel of a park in a growing urban area.

FLSSP’s vision is to create a park for the 21st Century that will be an innovative model for the state’s diverse system of recreational, cultural, historical and natural sites. Lake Sammamish State Park will be Washington’s signature park for protecting and celebrating urban natural areas, showcasing regionally significant wetlands and wildlife habitat, while enriching the lives of visitors and providing a valued legacy to future generations. Learn more at  or on their Facebook page.

About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

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