Duwamish Waterway Sea Kayaking

West Seattle

Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, Washington

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Duwamish Waterway Sea Kayaking

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  • Kayaking along the Duwamish Waterway.- Duwamish Waterway Sea Kayaking
  • The space needle as seen below the West Seattle Bridge in the Duwamish Waterway.- Duwamish Waterway Sea Kayaking
  • Cranes in the Port of Seattle along the Duwamish Waterway.- Duwamish Waterway Sea Kayaking
  • The lower Duwamish Waterway is a Superfund cleanup site.- Duwamish Waterway Sea Kayaking
  • Shipping containers line the banks of the Duwamish Waterway.- Duwamish Waterway Sea Kayaking
  • Shipping containers line the banks of the Duwamish Waterway.- Duwamish Waterway Sea Kayaking
  • An overpass along the Duwamish Waterway.- Duwamish Waterway Sea Kayaking
  • An overpass along the Duwamish Waterway.- Duwamish Waterway Sea Kayaking
  • Container ships line the banks near the Port of Seattle along Harbor Island.- Duwamish Waterway Sea Kayaking
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Unique paddle close to Seattle. Interesting views.
Cons: 
Congestion. Shipping traffic.
Region:
Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, WA
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Water Type: 
Sound/Straight
Total Distance: 
9.00 mi (14.48 km)
Docking Type: 
Shuttle or Single Docking
Portage Req'd: 
No
Uses: 
Motorized Boats Allowed (few limitations)
Class: 
Easy / Class A
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Partly cloudy starting in the evening.
81°F
55°

Wed

Mostly cloudy until evening.
63°F
48°

Thu

Partly cloudy in the morning.
72°F
46°

Fri

Clear throughout the day.
79°F
53°

Sat

Clear throughout the day.
75°F
58°

Sun

Partly cloudy overnight.
79°F
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Mon

Light rain in the evening and overnight.
80°F
59°
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Paddle Description

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Kayaking the Duwamish Waterway is by no means a wilderness experience. Instead, it offers paddlers a unique opportunity to kayak among the giant ships, fishing boats, and varied coastline near the Port of Seattle as container ships come and go from Elliot Bay. A popular place to put-in is the Duwamish Waterway Park. From there, head north past the ever-changing urban landscape near Boeing and the Port of Seattle. Be on the lookout for oncoming shipping traffic in this narrow waterway. The Lower Duwamish Waterway is a Superfund cleanup site from years of industrial development that has left the waterway contaminated. Although wildlife along the route is not as prevalent as other areas of the Puget Sound and the surrounding waterways, there is still an opportunity to see salmon, seals, and even sea lions.

The route can be lengthened or shortened depending on the skill level of the group, but a popular trip is to paddle to Elliot Bay around Harbor Island and back. The Duwamish Waterway makes a great half-day adventure that is easy to reach from Seattle.

 

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