Saint Edward State Park

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 lake shore are peaceful and give the visitor many opportunities for nature study, including the chance to see bald eagles, otters, and other animals. The park also has two sites suitable for weddings and other special events.

Automated pay station: This park is equipped with an automated pay station for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass.
  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. History
  4. Maps

Picnic & Day-Use Facilities
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 pursuant to WAC 352-32-047. To make a reservation or to obtain a Special Activity Recreation Permit for your event, please call the park manager at 425-823-2992. Even though the park offers first-come, first-served picnic tables, if the park has reached its capacity level with reservations, first-come, first-served tables will not be available. Also, because of limited parking and to help save resources, visitors are strongly encouraged to carpool.

Picnic Areas
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-by-20-feet and 10-by-20-feet canopies, tables, chairs, and portable heater rentals available for outdoor picnics. Extra parking may be set up for events in advance. Please call the park manager for details at 425-823-2992.

Group Accommodations
The park provides two rentable day-use heritage places: the Grotto and the Grand Dining Hall.

The Grotto
The Grotto is a secluded garden alcove that lends itself well to intimate ceremonies and services. The capacity is 120 people. Water and electricity are not available at the site. Tables, chairs, outdoor heaters, and 20-by-20-feet or 10-by-20-feet canopies are available to rent for an additional fee.

The Grand Dining Hall
The Grand Dining Hall, within the first floor of the Seminary Building, is an ideal setting for special events and conferences of up to 50 people. Facilities include an expansive dance floor. Tables and chairs can be rented for an additional fee.

Rates for both heritage places vary with size of the group. For information or reservations, call 425-823-2992.

Activities
Water Activities & Features
  • Boating
  • Fishing (freshwater)
  • Personal watercraft use
  • Swimming
  • Water skiing
 Additional Information
 
  • A big toy playground is popular with kids. The playground was built by the community for the community and completely funded by donations from the community.
  • Picnicking, hiking, soccer, mountain biking, fishing, bicycling, swimming, bird watching, softball, and horse trails can be found in the Holmes Point area.
  • Access to waterfront from the shore is by trail only. There is no vehicle access to the beach, which is undeveloped and unguarded.
  • There are many trails open to mountain biking and is a very popular activity within Saint Edward State Park. Remember that 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.
  • A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website.