Activities in the Park
- Fishing (freshwater)
- Personal watercraft use
- Water skiing
- 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.
Picnic & Day-Use FacilitiesSaint 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. 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 AreasThe 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 GrottoThe 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 Grotto is a charming garden alcove that was used by priests for prayer and meditation, surrounded by woods with many plant, bird and animal species, plus expansive lawns and trails leading to Lake Washington. It’s the perfect place for an intimate wedding or memorial services. It can also be rented with the Grand Dining Hall.
The Grotto can accommodate up to 120 guests.
Cost: $1,070 daily plus tax or Grotto and Grand Dining Hall, $1,285 daily plus tax. Tables, chairs and a freestanding canopy are available for an additional fee.To make a reservation call (425) 823-2992. Reservations are accepted up to 11 months in advance. Reservable 10 a.m. to dusk. A non-refundable reservation fee applies.
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. Water and electricity are provided, but cooking appliances and catering must be arranged with an outside vendor. The park does not provide this service.
The Grand Dining Hall has floor-to-ceiling arched windows and glass chandeliers, overlooking the park grounds on Lake Washington. Trails lead to shore of Lake Washington and nearby sports fields. It once served as the seminary facility for the Sulpician Order of Priests. It can also be rented with the Grotto.
Average Cost: $441.00 for the Grand Dining Hall daily plus tax. The rate for the Grotto and Grand Dining Hall is $1,285 daily plus tax.Rates for both heritage places vary with size of the group. To make reservations call 425-823-2992. Reservations are accepted up to 11 months in advance. Reservable 10 a.m. to dusk. Full fee required to reserve date. A non-refundable reservation fee applies.