Nature Tour by Kayak Lk. Sammamish St. Park
Note! Please Look in TOP right of PAGE to register! Choose if you have your own kayak, if you need to rent a Single, a Double or a Triple.
Great Blue Herons nest near the mouth of Issaquah Creek as it spills into Lake Sammamish. Lake Sammamish State Park provides a bountiful habitat for roughly 60-100 nests. Early March is the best month to see adult herons busy building out existing nests for their new offspring. Kayaks allow us to observe the nesting herons from a variety of perspectives before the spring leaves blossom and hide the nests. You will see a number of other species of waterfowl and raptors, maybe even a bald eagle! This kayak tour will be lead by Issaquah Paddle Sports/Kayak Academy kayak guides and will be presented by a State Park Interpretive Ranger on the water. A short walk, for a land based perspective is part of the tour where spotting scopes are provided for observing the heron nests. Participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars for wildlife viewing from the water.
Lake Sammamish State Park is 512 acres with over a mile of shoreline, three creek mouths, and two beaches.
Drysuits, neoprene booties, and PFD's (life jackets) will be provided for use free of charge to all participants courtesy of Kayak Academy. PFDs and drysuits are required to be worn for this tour (in March the lake's water temperature is 40 degrees). Dress in long underwear tops and bottoms and socks to wear inside the drysuits (these suits keep your clothes and socks dry, but your warmth is dependent on the layers you wear under the drysuit).
This is our first event of the year and we will need your help moving boats from our sheds to the beach. Please come a little early and/or stay after to help. Thanks.
3 HOUR TOUR:
What: Pick option in upper right corner to select whether you are bringing your own kayak or renting one of our Sit-On-Top: Single, Double, or Triple Kayaks
Then enter your profile (sizing info so we can bring the right gear for you). If you are registering additional people you will need to add their dimensions and gender in the comment/notes in your shopping cart. Next, "Choose A Date" in the lower right corner of the page.
WHEN: Sunday March 4 OR Sunday March 11 (Daylight Savings!!)
TIME: 10 am. Arrive at 9:45am
WHERE: Tibbett's Beach, Lake Sammamish State Park (click line for map), 2000 NW Sammamish Rd., Issaquah WA
WHO: Public, no experience required
REGISTRATION: $20 per person or per boat with kayak rental. See selection in upper right corner for bringing your own kayak or renting one of ours. When you make your selection, the cost will adjust to account for 1-3 people (3rd person must be under 4' 0" and a maximum 46 lbs) registering with a rental Sit-On-Top Kayak: Single ($50 total), Double ($80 total), or Triple ($89 total). For groups renting more than one kayak, please add each boat to the shopping cart separately.
PARKING: A Washington State Discover Pass ($30/yr.) or $10 Day Use Fee per vehicle is required to drive into the State Park. Passes may be purchased from machine in front of Ranger Station near park entrance or on-line at:Buy Discover Pass On-line
Please print out our Liability Release Form and bring bring it to the tour. One form per person. Also please use the comments block at check-out to provide additional names and sizing info if you are bringing more than yourself.