Snohomish River


Sea Kayak - Snohomish River

Come paddle a loop on the Snohomish River and Steamboat Slough. This qualifies as a student paddle.

  • Sea Kayak I/II
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.2 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 10 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: moderate (2.5 kt)
Meet 10 am at 10th Street Boat launch near the restrooms ($3 parking fee). Launch at 11:00. Paddle down the Snohomish River. Take a left at the south tip of Spencer Island and head up Steamboat Slough. Exit the slough and head south to Jetty Island and the launch site. 

I expect this sea kayak trip to have this difficulty and plan to paddle in up to these conditions (view the sea kayak difficulties definitions on our Activity Types, Difficulties & Prerequisites page):

  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak I/II
  • Wind: 10 kts (possible gusts to 15 kts)
  • Waves: 1 ft
  • Currents: 2 kts
  • Distance:  13.5 nm 
  • Pace: moderate
Explore the waterways of the lovely Snohomish Estuary. Ride the current, fight the current a little, and possibly winds. This is a great student paddle destination offering the chance to use all the skills you learned in class and practice pushing yourself and pacing yourself on a long day.  The pace will be steady, but not fast. You need to be in generally good shape (for reference, the student paddle from Cornet bay was 7.2 miles). Come with a great attitude and build your confidence. Expect to be tired and happy at the end of the day. (Planned breaks at Riverfront park with restrooms and some unnamed muddy bank). Join us after for a bite to eat.
Reference map: Snohomish River Estuary Map 
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. Students should bring as much of the additional kayaking equipment as they have access to.
  9. Veterans should bring all the essentials.
  10. Immersion gear: wet suit or dry suit required.
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