Lake Union


Sea Kayak - Lake Union

Paddle from Northwest Outdoor Center to Madison Beach, paddling through the Arboretum on the return.

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  • Easy

Meet at NWOC at 9 am. 

I expect this sea kayak trip to have this difficulty and these conditions.  View the sea kayak difficulties definitions on the Activity Types page.

  • Difficulty: SK II
  • Wind:   Less than 10 knots
  • Waves:  1 ft
  • Route:  NWOC to Madison Beach
  • Distance:  8 nm roundtrip
  • Pace: Easy

We'll paddle from Northwest Outdoor Center to Madison Beach.  We'll paddle thru the Arboretum on the return trip to NWOC.  Priority to students in a Basic Sea Kayak Course needing student paddles to graduate.  Drysuit will most likely be required, depending on weather conditions as trip day approaches.   Kayak and drysuit rental available at NWOC.  Please contact NWOC (206-281-9694) to reserve if you need to rent. Rescues will be practiced at Madison Beach.  Please contact trip leader to register :  206-783-4441 or  Please do not self register. Thank you.


Lake Union

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These seven 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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