Our friends Amanda and Quentin are experienced paddlers and guides who have spent many hours exploring local waterways on SUPs and in Kayaks. We sat down to chat about some of their favorite day touring destinations on Puget Sound and nearby Lakes. Here are their recommendations, from West Seattle all the way to Nisqually.
Destination: Hiram M. Chittenden Ballard Locks
Launch From: Golden Gardens Park
Distance: Approximately 2.5 miles
Paddle Highlights: See Eagles soaring overhead, gaze at Discovery Point Lighthouse, cruise under the Ballard Train Bridge and make a pit stop for lunch at a local eatery just a few steps from the locks. You might even see migrating salmon if the season is right!
WASHINGTON PARK ARBORETUM
Destination: Duck Bay in Lake Washington Park Arboretum
Launch From: 14th Ave. NW Boat Ramp – Lake Union
Distance: Approximately 5 miles
Paddle Highlights: Observe boat repair in action at Fisherman’s Terminal and spot famous fishing boats from the Deadliest Catch TV show. Don’t forget Gas Works Park and all the beautiful houseboats on the way to see the stunning lily pads in the lush Arboretum Park.
Destination: Duwamish Waterway Park – Kellog Island
Launch From: Terminal 107 Park
Distance: Approximately 2.75 miles
Paddle Highlights: Cruise by the Duwamish Long House Cultural Center to learn about ancestral lands, experience calm waters on the south side of Kellog Island and see the Boeing Factory and the Marine Industry in action along the way.
NISQUALLY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Destination: Billy Frank Jr Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Launch From: Tolmie State Park
Distance: 4-6 miles
Paddle Highlights: Wildlife spotting, some serious birding and a peaceful non- residential shoreline with views of Anderson island across the channel.
Header Image, Ballard Locks & Arboretum Imagery: Hannah Letinich Photography
Kellogg Island Image: //www.geocaching.com/geocache/GCVD7D_mucking-around-kellogg-island?guid=9c91ca99-0fd0-4d67-bdc5-287d194314d5
Nisqually Image: //www.fws.gov/refuge/Billy_Frank_Jr_Nisqually/wildlife_and_habitat/habitat/open_salt_water.html