Sammamish River


Flatwater Packraft - Sammamish River

A class I river paddle down the gentle Sammamish River through the vineyards of Woodinville. The opportunity to see many kinds of waterfowl and the elusive river otter.

  • Sea Kayak I/II, Class I River
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Pace: 3-4 mph

We will meet at the Wilmot Gateway Park on 131st Ave NE in Woodinville at 8:00a.m. This is our take out. Here we will consolidate into the fewest number of vehicles and drive to our put in at the Luke McRedmond Landing in Redmond. This should make for approximately 8 river miles.

We can end our trip at Wilmot Gateway Park, or if we have the collective desire, we can shuttle the car from the put in to Bothell Landing, Kenmore Boat Ramp, or Log Boom Park and extend our journey further down the Sammamish. Continuing all the way to Log Boom Park on Lake Washington will add approximately 7 river miles. 

The warmer the weather leading up to and the day of our trip, the more snowmelt and higher the flow we can expect.  The river could be flowing 2-3 mph.  

The main obstacles will be wood, both from below and hanging branches from above at the sides of the river, and bridge footings.  We are putting in below the main obstacle on this river, the Willowmoor Weir in Marymoor Park. If continuing below Kenmore Boat Ramp to Log Boom Park, seaplanes and boats will present more potential hazards. 

Bring snacks, lunch, drinking water, a thermos with hot drink.  

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Minimum equipment for each participant

  • Packraft
  • Paddle
  • PFD Class III or better
  • Drysuit
  • Neoprene socks and/or thick wool socks
  • Oversize, closed-toe, river shoes
  • Neoprene gloves or Pogies
  • Boat repair kit

Recommended EquipmenT

  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Sun hat with brim
  • Sunscreen
  • Throw bag with floating safety color rope
  • Spare paddle
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