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Boating At Lake Sammamish In Washington

By AA-Boats & Boating Staff Writers

Lake Sammamish, Washington

Free Public Boating & Watersport Activities

Lake Sammamish, situated in the west-central part of Washington state, is a beautiful freshwater lake located just east of Seattle. Its prime location makes it a popular destination for locals and visitors alike, offering a wide range of recreational activities and attractions to enjoy.

Nearby attractions around Lake Sammamish provide ample opportunities for outdoor adventures and relaxation. Marymoor Park, located on the lake's northern shore, is a favorite spot for picnics, biking, and hiking, while Lake Sammamish State Park offers sandy beaches, boat launches, and nature trails for visitors to explore.

Boating is a cherished activity on Lake Sammamish, with its expansive waters inviting boaters to enjoy a day out on the lake. From motorboats to sailboats, and kayaks to paddleboards, there's a watercraft suitable for every boater's preference and skill level.

Popular water sports such as water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing draw thrill-seekers and water enthusiasts to Lake Sammamish. The lake's calm waters and beautiful surroundings create an ideal environment for exhilarating water sports experiences.

A boat launch ramp conveniently located on the lake allows easy access for boaters to launch their vessels. The launch ramp ensures a smooth entry into the water, making it hassle-free for boat owners to embark on their boating adventures.

For those without their own boats, rental boats are available on Lake Sammamish. Renting a boat provides visitors with an excellent opportunity to explore the lake's beauty without the commitment of boat ownership, offering a fun and accessible way to enjoy the water.

Lake Sammamish is surrounded by several nearby cities, including Redmond, Issaquah, and Bellevue. These vibrant cities offer a range of amenities, dining options, and cultural attractions, making them great places to explore after a day of boating on the lake.

The boating season on Lake Sammamish typically runs from late spring to early fall, coinciding with the warmer months when the weather is most favorable for outdoor water activities. During this time, boaters can take advantage of the lake's inviting waters and pleasant temperatures.

Fishing is also a popular activity on Lake Sammamish, with anglers seeking a variety of fish species, including trout, bass, and perch. The lake's ample fish population provides excellent opportunities for fishing enthusiasts to cast their lines and enjoy a day of angling.

For those looking to extend their outdoor experience, camping facilities are available nearby, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Lake Sammamish's surroundings and enjoy a tranquil camping retreat.

Boating, camping and fishing.

With primary access through Lake Sammamish State Park, Lake Sammamish is a great destination for boating and fishing. There are a few boat ramps at private resorts, but public launching of a pleasure or fishing boat is available at the Lake Sammamish State Park boat launch ramp. The 4,900-acre, located lake in the west-central part of the state, 5 miles east of Bellevue, has about 20 miles of shoreline. The elevation is only 30 ft above sea level and water temperatures support both cold-water and warm-water species of fish. Trout, two kinds of bass, four kinds of salmon, perch, sunfish, steelhead and burbot all reside here in healthy numbers. Bass and sunfish anglers have hundreds of boat docks to fish as most of the lake is lined with docks. Some shoreline fishing is available at the park for those wishing to fish from the bank. Canoes and kayaks can be portaged from the park as well. There is no marina at the lake, but there are a couple options for camping.

Area Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES


Vasa Park Resort Campground - 425 746-3260

Trailer Inns RV Park of Bellevue - 425 747-9181

Lake Sammamish Map


Fish species found in Lake Sammamish include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch, cutthroat, chinook salmon, coho salmon, kokanee, sockeye salmon, steelhead and burbot.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Cutthroat trout Pumpkinseed Sunfish Yellow Perch Chinook salmon Coho salmon Kokanee salmon Sockeye salmon Steelhead

Click here for a WA Fishing License.

Local Contact Information

Lake Sammamish State Park
2000 N.W. Sammamish Road
Issaquah, WA 98027
425 649-4275

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