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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about rental concession location and Lake Sammamish State Park

Are there any fees to get into Lake Sammamish State Park?

 Yes, you need a Discover Pass or a ten dollar day pass. Lake Sammamish State Park is equipped with several automated pay stations for visitors to purchase one-day passes and annual Discover Passes upon arriving at the park. These pay stations accept credit cards ONLY.

Once I'm in the park, where do I go to get to Issaquah Paddle Sports?

After entering Lake Sammamish State Park and passing the entrance booths, take the first left into the large parking lot. Once you've parked your car, walk towards the grassy picnic area north of the parking lot. To the left of the picnic area, near the beach, there will be a large building with tan siding. That's where we run Issaquah Paddle sports. See image below for a map of the park and our concessions.

Questions about renting from Issaquah Paddle Sports

Do I need to make a reservation to get a rental?

Yes, you must make a reservation here on this website. We are not doing in-person sales at this time. To navigate to our reservation page, select the "Rent a Craft" option from the "Rentals" drop down menu above.

When can I make a reservation?

You will be able to make  reservations starting May 1st, 2023.  Reservations for weekday rentals can be made one month in advance (this timeframe may change as we approach May 2023) while reservations for weekend rentals can only be made the day before the rental.

Can I rent a craft for an entire day?

Yes! You can now make day-long rentals.  Renters may not    take rental craft away from Lake Sammamish and must  return equipment by 7:00 PM. 

What is the cancellation policy for reserved rentals?

You must contact Issaquah Paddle Sports 1 hour before your rental starts to receive a refund.    Please send us an email stating you wish to have your reservation refunded or call/leave a voice message with your name, order number and reservation time. Email is prefered.

Do I need to wear a life jacket?

Yes, no matter your age, type of rental, or how great of a swimmer you are a life jacket is required. We provide life jackets for all renters and we are disinfecting all our life jackets after each use to minimize risk of viral transmission. Sizes can be limited on weekends.

If you do not feel comfortable using our life jackets and you have your own, please bring it. You can use itt with your rental.

​There is a  Life Jackets Loaner Stand with select sizes at Tibbett's Beach and Sunset Beach. These are not disinfected.

Do I need to know how to swim?

Yes and no. You must know how to swim in order to rent a paddle board (SUP) or kayak but you DON'T need  to know how to swim to rent our pedal boats. This is a matter of safety and if you plan on being on the water you must be well prepared. 

Can I take rental gear away from Lake Sammamish and Lake Sammamish State Park?

No, take away rentals are not permitted at anytime.

Can I bring children and/or will you provide life jackets for small children?

Yes, children under 18 can rent with parental supervision. We also provide life jackets for people of all ages. As mentioned elsewere, you must fill out a liability form for them as part of the rental procedure.

Do I need to accompany my child on the water?

                          Yes, however there are exceptions. We ask that you be on the beach and able to see your child at all times.

Are there life guards at Lake Sammamish State  Park?

No, there are no life guards at Lake Sammamish State Park. Swim at your own risk. 

Will I get wet?

Yes, expect to get wet when using IPS rentals. When using the paddle boards you will be expected to walk into knee deep water before standing upon the board. For the Single and Double kayaks you will have small amounts of water entering the boat during use because of the scupper holes inside the boat. These scupper holes allow for the kayaks to be self draining but they allow a small amount of water to enter. In the pedal boat small amounts of water will splash you from the waves.

Do you provide lockers for valuables while we are out on the water?

No, we do not have lockers. We cannot hold any personal belongings in the kiosk. There are also no places to  store your belongings at the lake. You are responsible for your personal items.

Do you rent Jet Skis?

No, we only rent human powered craft. 

Other questions

Is there any place to purchase food in the Park?

Yes, there is   the Sunset Beach Cafe, at the Sunset Beach concession. See the map below for their location and a route from IPS to the Cafe.

Who is Kayak Academy?

Kayak Academy owns Issaquah Paddle Sports. Kayak Academy specializes in sea and river kayak lessons, and  also sells kayaks and  accessories. Issaquah Paddle Sports is an outfitter  renting sit-on-top kayaks and paddle board's (SUP's) at Lake Sammamish State Park.

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