Saint Edward State Park

Saint Edward State Park

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Saint Edward State Park

Washington

(425) 823-2992

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Overview

Saint Edward State Park is a 316-acre day-use park with 3,000 feet of freshwater shoreline on Lake Washington. Once a Catholic seminary, the park's rich history reflects in its grounds and architecture. Walks along the undeveloped lakeshore are peaceful and give the visitor many opportunities for nature study. The park offers many outdoor play amenities. Picnicking, hiking, soccer, mountain biking, fishing, bicycling, swimming, bird watching, softball and horse trails also are in the Holmes Point area. The park hosts the last undeveloped waterfront along Lake Washington's shore. Bald eagles, otters and other animals may be viewed along the 3/4-mile natural portion of the perimeter. The park has two sites suitable for weddings and other special events. This site was once used by Native Americans while fishing the area. In the late 1920s, the archbishop of Seattle donated the property to the Diocese of Seattle for use as a seminary by the Sulpician Order of Catholic Priests. In 1931, St. Edward Seminary was constructed. In the fall of 1977, because of declining enrollment and changes in the education of seminarians, the diocese sold 316 acres, including the seminary, to the state for use as a state park. In 1978, the property was dedicated and received its current name.

Map of St. Edward (WA)

Latitude, Longitude: 47.732547, -122.258152

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Activities

  • Boating

    Non-motorized boats may be launched at the Department of Fish and Wildlife ramp in Kenmore, which is just north of Saint Edward State Park.

  • Bicycling

    There are many trails open to mountain bike and is a very popular activity within Saint Edward State Park. Remember several of the trails are open to hiking only and bikes are strictly prohibited on these trails. Check with the park office or kiosk for trail maps and information.

  • Fishing

    Freshwater fishing is permitted along the shoreline which can be accessed by trails or by boat from the launch just north of Saint Edward.

  • Hiking

    Several nature trails at different difficulty levels loop throughout the park.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horses are allowed on some of the hiking/biking trails. Check in with the the park office or kiosk to find out which trails allow horses.

  • Picnicking

    Saint Edward State Park is extremely popular for special events, weddings and family picnics. To ensure your family/group can have your event/picnic on the date you select, reservations are strongly recommended. Regardless of the size of your group, a Special Activity Recreation Permit may be required. The park offers five unsheltered picnic areas for rental to groups. Each site accommodates at least 150 people with picnic tables and stand-up style grills. The east and west picnic sites have a ball field with their areas. The north picnic area has an open play field and horseshoe pits. The south picnic site has a beach-style volleyball area with a net and is very close to the playground. There are 20' x 20' and 10' X 20' canopies, tables, chairs and portable heater rentals available for outdoor picnics.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming, water skiing and personal watercraft use are popular activities. Access to the waterfront for swimming from the shore is by trail only. There is no vehicle access to the beach, which is undeveloped and unguarded.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year round for day use only from 8am to dusk.

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Directions

Driving

Located at the north end of Lake Washington in Kenmore, Wash. in King County. From I-405 northbound: Take exit #20-A (116th St. N.E.) and turn west (left). Travel 4.5 miles. (At 98th Ave., the road name changes to Juanita Dr.) Park entrance is on left. From I-405 southbound: Exit at Hwy. 522 (exit #23-B). Drive through Bothell to Kenmore. Turn left at 68th Ave. (68th turns into Juanita Dr.) Park is 1.5 miles on the right. From I-5: Take exit #175 (145th St.) and travel east (right turn) to Bothell Way. Turn left. Travel north to 68th Ave. in Kenmore. (68th turns into Juanita Dr). Park is 1.5 miles on the right.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(425) 823-2992

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