Enatai Beach Park is a 3-acre waterfront park in Bellevue, on Seattle’s Eastside. It’s directly south of the i-90 bridge overlooking Mercer Island, with spectacular views of Lake Washington.
The lovely, sandy beach is perfect for swimming, with seasonal lifeguards. You can fish on the dock, or walk up to the grassy picnic area with a fun playground.
The beach also has kayak and paddleboard rentals, and is a great access point to the Mercer Slough wetlands.
Parking: Arrive early, because the parking lot at Enatai Beach Park is small.
5 best things to do at Enatai Beach Park
1. Swimming beach with pier
Relax on the swimming beach in summer, with seasonal lifeguards (check lifeguard schedule). Set up a tent and enjoy the incredible views over Lake Washington. There’s even a rinse off shower for sand.
2. Boathouse with rentals
Rent a paddleboard, kayak or canoe from REI at the boathouse (check rates).
Explore the waters of Lake Washington, or nearby Mercer Slough wetlands. The Mercer Slough wetlands can be accessed by paddling a short distance south along Lake Washington, then beneath the i90 bridge (see map). Don’t forget your mosquito spray, lifejacket and water! There’s plenty to see in these 320-acre wetlands, including blue herons, frogs and turtles.
3. Hang out at the playground
The modern playground is up the stairs from the beach, and is a big hit with kids.
4. Grassy area for picnics
Bring a picnic blanket, and spend the afternoon on the grassy area above the beach.
5. Non-motorized boat launch
Enatai Beach Park also has a launch area for paddleboards and kayaks, so bring your own.
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