Lake Union

Urban sea kayaking at it's best with an incredible view of the Seattle skyline. Paddle from one of many launch points on the lake, and enjoy one of the many places to dine and some parks along the way to stretch your sea legs.

launch Points

On the Water

Lake Union

There are many restaurants around the lake that have paddle in access and temporary moorage for diners.

Lake Union to Shilshole Bay

5 nm one-way, Difficulty: Sea Kayak II

Paddle across the north end of Lake Union, through the Fremont Cut and Lake Washington Ship Canal, transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and paddle into Shilshole Bay. Land at Golden Gardens and shuttle back to your cars or paddle back to your launch point.

information for leaders

trip planning

Please review the posted activities and communicate with your fellow leaders to be sure that you do not have a conflict with your trip plan if your trips are planned for the same day.

  • Land Manager: Land Manager Varies
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
Map
  • MapTech Seattle and Lake Washington No. 101
Activities

Upcoming Activities

There are no activities scheduled at this location.

Trip Reports
Titles

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  • Lake Union: Northwest Outdoor Center
  • Lake Union: Northlake Marina
  • Lake Union: Gas Works Park
  • Lake Union: Sunnyside Ave Boat Ramp
  • Lake Union: South Lake Union Park
  • Lake Union to Shilshole Bay
  • Gasworks Park to Golden Gardens
  • Lake Washington Ship Canal
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