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.
From I-90 East - take the Lakemont Blvd. SE exit (exit 13), toward SE Newport Way. Turn right onto West Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE/Lakemont Blvd SE. Go through the stoplight at Newport Way. Go through the stoplight at 171st Ave SE (Matthew's Thriftway). Continue on Lakemont Blvd for approximately .8 miles. Park is on the left side at 5808 Lakemont Blvd SE.