Lewis Creek Park

The park and visitor center serve as community gathering places for environmental education and recreation. More than 80 percent of the 55-acre park is preserved in its natural condition. The park is situated at the headwaters of Lewis Creek and offers three diverse habitats to explore—wetland, grassland and forest— on boardwalks and soft-surface trails. In addition to the nearly three-mile trail system, the site includes a visitor center that is reservable when it is not open to the piblic, separate play areas for younger and older children, basketball court, soccer and baseball fields that can be reserved for practices and games, and picnic areas

getting there

Take Exit 13 off of I-90 and turn south onto West Lake Samamish Pkwy SE/Lakemont Blvd SE. Continue through stoplights at Newport Way and 171st Ave SE.  Continue on Lakemont Blvd for ~0.8 miles. The park is on the left side at 5808 Lakemont Blvd SE.

about the park

Explore the headwaters of Lewis Creek as you walk in the footsteps of Phillip Lewis, the first person to survey this area in the 1860s. After the discovery of coal nearby in 1863, which ushered in the Newcastle coal mines, timber companies logged here, leaving a patchwork of fir and hemlock stumps. Then in 1921, the Peltola family started their family farm here.

Today, the forests and wetlands in Lewis Creek Park help protect the Lewis Creek and Lake Sammamish. The forest canopy acts like an umbrella, capturing rainwater to help decrease runoff and erosion. The headwater wetlands act like a sponge, absorbing and filtering pollution to help protect water quality. Step into the Lewis Creek Visitor Center to learn more and see what you can do to protect Bellevue’s natural resources.

Visitor's Center

The 2,500 square-foot, multipurpose interpretive center provides visitors with Bellevue Parks and regional system information, family programs and recreational opportunities. Stop in to check out a pair of binoculars or grab a book from the library and relax in the seating area. The Visitor Center is available for rentals during non-open hours. It is ideal for small social gatherings and business meetings.

amenities

  • Maximum standing capacity is 50 people, 40 with theater seating, or 30 seated at tables. Informative displays are set up throughout the year, which may affect room capacity or limit set-up configurations. Please consult with the scheduling staff to discuss current set-up options.
  • The room rental includes 8 upholstered chairs with 2 small side tables, 4 five-foot round tables, 11 six-foot rectangular tables, 30 padded chairs and 70 stacking chairs, portable whiteboard easel and a pull-down screen.
  • Rental includes use of outdoor patios, immediately outside the bank of glass double doors.
  • The kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator/freezer, stove/oven, microwave, sink, hot water pot and a 42-cup coffee urn.

Picnic Shelters

There are two picnic shelters includes two tables and one barbecue, and there are two shelters with capacity for up to 35 people each. A large grassy area is adjacent to the picnic area for fun family games and activities, and nearby trails wind through wetlands, grasslands and forest. The Visitor Center is ½-mile south of picnic area.

Trails

The park has three diverse habitats to explore—wetland, grassland and forest. All of these habitats can be explored on three miles of boardwalks and soft-surface trails.

Map
5808 Lakemont Blvd SE Bellevue WA 98006
Activities

Upcoming Activities



Introduction to Ultrarunning - Lewis Creek Park Visitor's Center

Trail Running Seminar
Introduction to the topic of ultramarathon trail running. Go beyond 26.2 miles with us!
Tue, Sep 17, 2019
No Prerequisites
17 participants 2 leaders
Registration closes Sep 15
Foothills Branch
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