Mercer Island


Sea Kayak - Mercer Island

Paddle around Mercer Island, enjoying the view of big fancy houses and the Seattle city skyline.

  • Sea Kayak II
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 12.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 10 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1.5 ft

We will meet at Enatai Beach Park at 8 am and plan to launch at 9 am, going clockwise around the island. We plan to have lunch at Groveland Beach Park, possibly a short break at Calkins Landing, and again at Calkins Point Sand Beach.

Keep an eye on this space for changes as we get closer to the paddle date.

This is a 12nm paddle with no current assist. Expect to have some wind and boat wakes along the way. There are a few tiny stopping points along the way, but most of the shoreline is private property. Be prepared to spend time in boats as we meander around the island.

The bailout plan is paddling south to Coulon Park and back (~9nm) or a very short 3nm out and back to Chism Beach Park with some additional exploration to the north.


Mercer Island

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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