Wildlife Families and individuals can learn about life in and around Lake Sammamish during a guided kayak tour this weekend.
Kayak Academy is accepting registrations for its annual spring nature tour along the shores of the lake.
A professional kayak guide leads the two-hour tour along the shores of Lake Sammamish and up a portion of Issaquah Creek. During the tour, a state park ranger will present an on-the-water program about the great blue herons that live and nest in the area.
In addition to the herons, tour participants frequently see a variety of waterfowl and raptors such as bald eagles and red-tailed hawks. Spotting scopes will be available for land-based bird viewing, but participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars to view birds from the water.
WHEN: Saturday and March 16, noon-3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 NW Sammamish Road, Issaquah.
DID YOU KNOW? The state park hosts one of the largest heronries in the greater Seattle area with 80-100 Great blue heron nesting pairs.
About the park: The 512-acre day-use park has almost 6,860 feet of waterfront on the lake. The area around the lake was once an important culture zone for local American Indian tribes. The park includes a deciduous forest and wetland.
NEARBY: Marymoor Park, at the north end of the lake, is worth a visit while in the area. It, too, has a heron rookery. While the nesting trees are roped off, park visitors can easily see the large birds in their nests from a short distance away. The park also has a large off-leash dog area.
Registration: $18 per person. Pre-registration is required. Register online at kayakacademy.com.
Gear rentals: Single, sit-on-top kayak, $12; double or triple, sit-on-top kayak, $15. Free dry suits and life jackets will be provided to all participants.
Information: Contact Kayak Academy at 206-527-1825.