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.

The Carole Ann Wald Memorial Pool is closed indefinitely.
Staff at Saint Edward State Park remind you that dogs are welcome in state parks if they are on leash and under control at all times. We want to provide safety, comfort and enjoyment for all visitors and ensure the protection of wildlife and natural resources in the park. Please keep your dog on leash, and pick up after your pet.
  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. History
  4. Maps
ADA Amenities/Facilities
  • Restroom
  • Hiking trail

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. To make a reservation or to obtain a permit for your event, please call (425) 649-4275 ext 105. Even though the park offers first-come, first-served picnic tables, if the park has reached its capacity 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 100 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. For more details, call (425) 455-7010 ext. 105.

Group Accommodations

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.
More information about The Grotto at Saint Edward

The Grand Dining Hall

The Grand Dining Hall is unavailable for rental until further notice.



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 which 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.