Beaver Lake Natural Area Preserve

Category Overview

Urban Wildlife Habitat projects fund close-to-home places to play and explore nature. As our urban areas are increasingly expanding and densifying, these grants protect important fish and wildlife habitat within five miles of densely populated areas, creating green refuges that help keep our ecosystems healthy and provide places to enjoy nature right in our backyards.

Project Highlights

This project will acquire 57.6 acres of highly diverse wetlands, riparian and undeveloped uplands on Beaver Lake. This privately owned land connects the Hazel Wolf Wetlands Preserve (116 acres) to 1600 feet of Beaver Lake shoreline. More than that, this land consists of a wide variety of mature habitat including several very large western redcedar and Douglas fir approaching old growth stature. Federal species of concern that inhabit this land include the olive-sided flycatcher, the willow flycatcher, and the Northern red-legged frog. State Candidate species include the pileated woodpecker and the western toad which was common at the site until a few years ago. Bald eagle, listed as threatened on both state and federal lists, are frequently observed flying and perching on this land. The property, located in one of the fastest growing areas of the state, is zoned 4 houses/acre and the owners are actively seeking a sale. Recognizing the property’s significance and vulnerability, the City of Sammamish chose to support acquisition even before the city’s comprehensive plan is adopted.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Sammamish City of Category: Urban Wildlife Habitat WWRP Grant: $1,493,146.00 Applicant Match: $1,493,147.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: King Legislative District: 41 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 00-1461

Location Details

Heading East on I-90, take Exit 15. Turn left and cross the Interstate. Continue approximately 1 mile to E Lake Sammamish Pkwy. Turn left and go about 1 mile to 43rd Way. Turn right and go up hill. 43rd becomes 228th Ave SE at top of the hill. Continue North on 228th for about 1.5 miles to 24th St SE. Turn right on 24th. At about 1.5 miles, the road takes sharp left and becomes W Beaver Lake Drive. Continue from this point .7 mile to beginning of property which is on both sides of the road. (The last adjacent properties before entering the preserve are 1635 and 1626 W Beaver Lk Drive.) After .3 mile, you will cross the eastern boundary of the property at the Kipper residence, 1310 W Beaver Lk Drive.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.