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Lincoln Park to Blake Island

A 10nm paddle from Seattle to Blake Island. There are two 4nm crossings plus and enjoyable paddle around Blake Island.

  • Tue, Dec 29, 2015
  • Lincoln Park to Blake Island
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Successful
  • Road suitable for all vehicles

TRIP: Lincoln Park to Blake Island.


I prefer launching from Lowman Beach Park, not Lincoln Park.  South of Lowman is a small road with space near the water for 2 cars to unload boats.  I then park my car on a near by street.  Street parking is near, readily available, and has not restrictions.  

(May 2017:  the construction project is nearly finished and I expect the part to be fully opened this summer).

I have used the parking lot at the south end of Lincoln Park.  May 2017 parking there is now limited to 4 hours.  Near by street parking is limited to 2 hours.  If paddle fast you can complete this route within 4 hours but that is an athletic event.  If you want to take your time it is difficult to park here.

Great opportunity listen to vessel traffic on channel 14. They are really quite casual and calling to announce your crossing is good practice. I don't announce unless visibility is limited. If visibility is too limited I would not go. Too much boat traffic out there.

The biggest hazard are small boats piloted by inattentive drivers. Watch out for these.

The strongest current will be on the Blake Island side of the crossing. Current from Colvos Passage can flow at 1kt or more.

I usually round counter clockwise just because I like to go that way. Beach on the NW corner is the most pleasant to stop at.

Plan for 10 to 12 miles.

I ended up doing this solo on a Sunday after Christmas. No other kayakers out, no recreational boaters. Limited commercial traffic. I measured 10nm paddling in 5 hours.