Sea Kayak - Hiram M. Chittenden Locks


Sea Kayak - Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

A classic Seattle sea kayak experience - through the Locks, out to Golden Gardens and back.

  • Easy, Sea Kayak II/III
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15.0 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 1 kts
  • Pace: 2.5 kts

Meet at 14th Ave. NW boat launch in Ballard at 9 a.m.   

The Locks are a fun and unique experience, with a few important guidelines to follow that the leader will provide to the group to review before the trip.  Winds and boat wakes in Shilshole Bay may require basic bracing skills.


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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