Hiram M. Chittenden Locks


Sea Kayak - Ballard Locks

Lets paddle through the Ballard Locks. Then either head toward Golded Gardens or go around West Point.

  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 8.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 10 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1 ft

We'll meet at the 14th Ave NW boat ramp, east of the Ballard Bridge at 9 am.

Paddling through the Ballard Locks most likely will entail some waiting time before we're allowed into the locks due to boat traffic, especially since the weather forecast is good and it's fishing season, and we'll be paddling on a Friday.

Restrooms are available at PCC.  

Pack lunch, snacks and lots of water.  

Planning on 9 am meet time with a launch at 10 am.  But that may change to an earlier time.

Please be vaccinated for Covid.  


Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These eight essentials plus The Ten Essentials are required on all sea kayaking trips.  All but the whistle and clothing should be provided with any kayak rental.

  1. Floatation in both ends of the kayak
  2. U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  3. Paddle
  4. Spray skirt
  5. Bilge pump with floatation
  6. Self-rescue paddle float
  7. Waterproof whistle
  8. Appropriate clothing for the conditions encountered seasonally
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