Lake Sammamish State Park Redmond WA

If you love swimming in the open outdoors, you will love visiting Lake Sammamish! The part of the state park known as "Swim Beach" has a beautiful area that is roped off and designated for swimming. Next to the water is a large sand and gravel beach perfect for lounging in the sun and watching the kids splash around. In addition to swimming, Lake Sammamish has excellent water for kayaking, canoeing, or stand up paddleboarding.

Motorboats are also allowed on Lake Sammamish, so watch out for your surroundings! But don't worry, this 7-mile long lake has room for everyone. Many people find it enjoyable to water ski, jet ski, wakeboard, and tube on the lake. For those who are serious about learning or competing in water skiing or wakeboarding, you may consider joining Lake Sammamish Water Ski Club. Here you can get tips from accomplished water athletes. Even though some club members ski at a competitive level, Lake Sammamish Water Ski Club welcomes participation at all levels of ability. Aside from having fun on the water, this club actively promotes the safety and enjoyment of water sports. According to their website, this water ski club has grown so much that it "now has one of the largest active memberships of any ski club in the country."

Fishing is another activity that attracts visitors to Lake Sammamish State Park. Year-round fishing is available off fishing boats, a boat ramp, docks, or the fishing bank located near the park's south entrance. Though Lake Sammamish State Park has been named Western Washington's premier smallmouth bass lake, you will find more than just bass here! Some of the fish you are likely to catch in this lake include cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead Catfish, Chinook Salmon, Black Crappie, and of course, really big bass.

Yes, Lake Sammamish State Park attracts many visitors because of its large variety of water activities. Still, there are even more activities to do at this state park that doesn't involve the water.

  • First is hiking. From dirt trails to paved trails, Lake Sammamish State Park is a great place to explore on foot, on a road bike, or a mountain bike.
  • Second, this state park is an excellent place for picnicking. When choosing between hundreds of picnic tables, large reservable pavilions, or setting up a blanket under shady trees in large grassy areas, there is an option for whatever mood you are in. Horseshoe pits, a sand volleyball court, and many BBQ grills scattered throughout the park make for a conveniently fun evening with family and friends.
  • Third, Lake Sammamish State Park is home to one of the best playgrounds in the Redmond WA area. Here your kids can enjoy time on the swings, zip line, slides, rotating net, and running around a geodesic climbing dome.
  • Fourth, birdwatching. With lots of vegetation, Lake Sammamish State Park is home to a wide variety of birds. Keep your eyes peeled, and you will likely see Kinglets, Cedar Waxings, Sparrows, Crows, Geese, Woodpeckers, Owls, jays, Great Blue Heron, Hawks, Green-winged Teal, Ruddy Duck, and even Bald Eagles.

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