Flat Water Paddling in Seattle, WA
About Seattle Flat Water Paddling
As a city centered on water, Seattle is filled with fun paddling options. From Puget Sound to Lake Washington, Union, and Greenlake, paddling is a great way to explore Seattle from a different perspective—be it on a kayak, canoe, or SUP.
The city’s most unique paddling adventure is to start at Golden Gardens, enter the Lake Washington Ship Canal, and go through the famous Ballard Locks. The locks act as the gateway between the saltwater of the sound to the freshwater of Lake Union; it also serves to elevate or lower boats to meet the level of water on the other side, because Lake Union is about 20 feet above sea level. Once in Lake Union, located right in the heart of Seattle, you’ll have amazing views the city: the skyscrapers of downtown, the space needle in Queen Anne, and the quirky neighborhoods of houseboats that line the lake.
Just five minutes from downtown, and part of Green Lake Park, this lake is 239 acres of freshwater surrounded by a 2.8 mile path.
This peaceful 13-mile paddle is great for beginners and families looking for a relaxing day on some calm, slow moving water.
Lake Union is populated with sea planes, sail boats, speed boats, stand up paddle boards, and all sorts of interesting sights. This mixture makes for a fun day of paddling.
Boats up to 750 feet in length and as small as a kayak are allowed to pass through these impressive locks.
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