Best Kayaking Spots in Washington



There are a lot of great things to love about living in the Pacific Northwest. But above all, the endless list of activities to experience in the beautiful outdoors seems to be the first thing people think about when they think about this wonderful area. What better way to experience the outdoors than kayaking out on the water? Here are the top kayaking spots around the area that you should definitely check out:

  • Seattle Area: Experience the beautiful city views on the water and cap it off with a bite to eat afterwards at Angua Verde Paddle Club and Cafe. There’s also Moss Bay which is another kayak center that allows you to explore the houseboat communities, University of Washington, Ballard Locks, and Gas Works park! Another great family spot is Ballard Kayak which is located at Golden Gardens Beach.

  • Eastside: Over in Tibbetts Beach, kayak rentals are on a first come, first serve basis at Issaquah Paddle Sports where you can experience kayaking on the beautiful Lake Sammamish. Or feel free to go on a kayaking adventure on the neighboring Lake Washington with Woodmark Waterfront Adventures out of Carillon Point in Kirkland.

  • North Cascades: Along the Skagit River you can find Diablo Lake, famous for it’s turquoise water color and the fine glacier sediments that feed into the lake, with campgrounds, visitor centers, viewpoints, and hiking trails all within close proximity. Also check out Lake Whatcom which offers about 10 miles of water to kayak through. The boat launch is located at Bloedel Donovan Park in Bellingham and the lake itself is home to frogs, salamanders, and 125 different bird species.

  • South Sound: Ruston Recreation Rentals at Owen Beach sits on the shore of Point Defiance Park and is an excellent spot to rent kayaks and explore the south of Puget Sound. Beautiful views of Mount Rainier, Vashon Island, and Gig Harbor are all available for you to take in. Or feel free to check out the Foss Harbor Marina where you’ll get to see a clearly visible view of the Tacoma skyline.