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Old     (plhorn)      Join Date: Dec 2005       05-29-2007, 10:58 AM Reply   
Hi I recently moved to Seattle and have finally got a chance to go out in Sammamish this weekend. On my first wipeout I noticed that the water tastes a whole lot less like jet fuel than any place I used to go in Southern Cal.

I do have a couple of questions:

1. I know of two boat ramps on the south end of the lake. Are there any on the north end?

2. Are there any public places to beach or doc the boat if you just want a break and would like hang out on the lake?

3. The lake really needs a restaurant/bar with a doc.
Old     (blaketheho)      Join Date: May 2007       05-29-2007, 11:07 AM Reply   
Hey Phil,

1. Yea, there are but they're all private.

2. Not really. I think that the park at the south end might offer what you're looking for here, but I'm not sure b/c I never go down there. There will be some pretty big tie-ups at the north end as the weather gets hotter though.

3. Agreed. It would make a killing. It'd be nice to be able to gas up too.
Old     (jifffy)      Join Date: Jul 2006       05-29-2007, 11:21 AM Reply   
A bar would be dope but you'll have to go to Lake WA for that. Lake Sammamish is all residential water front proerty, a business would have to buy a house to tear down and build a commercial restuarant. Dont get me wrong I would love to see it, buts its not likely.

I don't know of any public places to dock and hang out. Mostly just the rich locals that live on the lake who have that privelage .
Old     (billthom)      Join Date: Apr 2005       05-29-2007, 12:32 PM Reply   
2. No public docks, but you can beach at lake Samm state park (south) or at Idlewood in the north end. There is also Vasa park in the middle west side of the lake, its a private park you have to pay to get into, but there are no docks really there either.

3. The zoning laws won't allow it. (from what I have been told)

Welcome to the Lake!
Old     (bailey)      Join Date: May 2001       05-29-2007, 2:41 PM Reply   
I think property costs a little too much to start up a restuarant or other business on the water front. I have seen lots with houses to be torn down that cost over 1 million. Not really worth it for a business that will only be super busy a couple of months out of the year.
Old     (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       05-30-2007, 12:18 PM Reply   
This is what it looked like this morning as we got ready to ride.

Old     (noti_dad)      Join Date: Jul 2003       05-30-2007, 12:32 PM Reply   
WHAT!!!?!?! You suck. Thanks for telling a friend. Hope you had a good set.
Old     (otiswunguy)      Join Date: Apr 2002       05-30-2007, 2:56 PM Reply   
No doubt bastard!!! They won't give permits for food vendors on the lake, we wanted to do a jetski pizza,hotdog delivery deal from our dock and they told us "No way!!!" If you are new to sammamish be careful of the poorly marked pilings on the n.e. corner and the sunken forest by vasa park on the w. side.

(Message edited by otiswunguy on May 30, 2007)
Old     (jpk)      Join Date: Sep 2005       05-30-2007, 3:31 PM Reply   
Lake Sammamish is residential only, which is why the water doesn't taste like jet fuel.
Old     (plhorn)      Join Date: Dec 2005       05-31-2007, 12:06 PM Reply   
I went out after work yesterday and though it wasn't butter anymore it was a real good time anyways.
Old     (jpk)      Join Date: Sep 2005       05-31-2007, 12:18 PM Reply   
Any day that the sun is out, you'll probably find that the water is chopped up real good with all the boats. Gets pretty crowded when the weather is nice like it was yesterday. (We don't get that many nice days in Seattle, so everyone takes advantage when they can.)
Old     (noti_dad)      Join Date: Jul 2003       05-31-2007, 12:30 PM Reply   
Phil - You want Sammamish glass get up and in @ 5:30am. You want it all day go here with us.


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