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Tibbetts Beach

Tibbetts Beach is a popular swimming beach at Lake Sammamish State Park, on Seattle’s Eastside.

It's the smaller of the two beaches at this State Park, which includes both Tibbetts Beach and Sunset Beach.

However, Tibbetts Beach is more geared towards water sports, with seasonal kayak and paddleboard rentals at Issaquah Paddle Sports near the beach.

Tibbetts Beach also has a large grassed area behind it with plenty of picnic tables, and a small playground for younger kids. 

Discover Pass is required when visiting Lake Sammamish State Park.

5 best things to do at Tibbetts Beach

1. Swimming beach

Enjoy the beautiful swimming beach at Tibbetts Beach. The beach is a sand/pebble mix, and has gorgeous views of Lake Sammamish. There are no lifeguards, so swim at your own risk. 

2. Boat rentals

Tibbetts Beach is the place to be for water sports at Lake Sammamish State Park. Rent kayaks or paddleboards at Issaquah Paddle Sports, in a beige building a short distance from the beach. Lifejackets are also available. Paddle out on the glistening waters of Lake Sammamish, or explore Issaquah Creek that flows into the lake.

3. Playground

Hang out at the small playground near the parking lot at Tibbetts Beach.

4. Picnic tables

Gather your family and friends together for a picnic overlooking Tibbetts Beach, with plenty of picnic tables. There's also a large grassed area behind the beach, perfect for picnics and recreation activities.

5. Trails

Explore miles of trails at Lake Sammamish State Park, including the Tibbetts Creek Trail (0.5 miles) that empties into Lake Sammamish near Tibbetts Beach. It’s also a 10-minute walk along a paved trail to the other beach at Lake Sammamish State Park, known as Sunset Beach.

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