We’ve all heard of Seattle-area beaches like Golden Gardens or Alki – but Bellevue? Well, there’s a reason you don’t know about the semi-secluded beach parks tucked away on the eastern shores of Lake Washington: nobody wants to give away their secret coastal cubbyholes. But these charming beach spots with access to the lake are public property, and there are plenty to go around. So, here’s an insider peek at Bellevue’s famously secret beach parks, open year round with their own distinct personalities.
Chism Beach Park
How about 18 acres of sandy waterfront on Lake Washington, suddenly appearing on the edge of the concrete jungle just off Southeast 11th Street? It’s called Chism Beach Park, and it has straight-on views of the Seattle skyline just across the water. After the summer swimming season, it’s the perfect place to launch non-motorized watercraft for crispy autumn cruises around the lake. There’s also a fishing dock, so bring a pole and troll for some rainbow trout, yellow perch and largemouth bass.
Enatai Beach Park
Here’s one that’s actually hidden beneath the busy I-90 Bridge, at least partially. Enatai Beach Park may sound a bit too “urban” – but that’s exactly its main asset. After launching a canoe from the 3-acre park, you can float along the coastline for up-close views of famous mansions, yachts and waterfront communities, which really sparkle and shine with holiday decorations. If you paddle east, you’ll make it all the way to Mercer Slough Nature Park, with snowcapped Mount Rainer crowning the horizon.
Chesterfield Beach Park
Tucked into a small patch of sand near Beaux Arts Village, Chesterfield Beach Park is the tiniest of them all, only slightly more than a half-acre appearing suddenly at the end of Southeast 25th Street. When dropping a line from the small fishing dock or strolling the crescent sliver of sand, there’s a good chance that you’ll be the only one there – unless you’re lucky enough to spot an eagle soaring in the silence above you.
Clyde Beach Park
An old-fashioned boathouse is the defining feature of Clyde Beach Park, perched on about 2 acres near Lake Washington Boulevard, facing Meydenbauer Bay as it spills into Whalers Cove. There’s a pirate-ship play structure for the kids, and the park is a short walk from historic Main Street. We all know what that means: a stop at Belle Pastry espresso and beach snacks. Bring a blanket in the autumn months, and cuddle up to watch the sun set over the lake.
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