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Elliott Bay Sea Kayaking

Puget Sound, Seattle

Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, Washington

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  • Prepping for an adventure at Seacrest Park.- Elliott Bay Sea Kayaking
  • Launching from Seacrest Park beach.- Elliott Bay Sea Kayaking
  • A bouy floats in front of downtown Seattle.- Elliott Bay Sea Kayaking
  • Looking at the sidewall of a large drydock on Harbor Island.- Elliott Bay Sea Kayaking
  • A large wave sends the bow of the the kayak above the horizion.- Elliott Bay Sea Kayaking
  • The Seattle Great Wheel.- Elliott Bay Sea Kayaking
  • Pike's Place Public Market sign from behind.- Elliott Bay Sea Kayaking
  • The historic Edgewater Hotel.- Elliott Bay Sea Kayaking
  • The 23rd annual Seattle Hempfest attracts over 300,000 visitors each year.- Elliott Bay Sea Kayaking
  • Taking a break at Myrtle Edwards Park.- Elliott Bay Sea Kayaking
  • The Terminal 91 Grain Silo with Seattle in the background.- Elliott Bay Sea Kayaking
  • Looking west as the sun sets over the Elliott Bay Marina.- Elliott Bay Sea Kayaking
  • The sun sets over the Olympic Mountains - Elliott Bay Sea Kayaking
  • A ferry crosses the path of the setting sun.- Elliott Bay Sea Kayaking
  • A sailboat silhouetted by the setting sun.- Elliott Bay Sea Kayaking
  • Seattle glows in the background during the landing at Seacrest Park beach.- Elliott Bay Sea Kayaking
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Close to Seattle. Easy access. Unique views of downtown Seattle.
Cons: 
Lots of boat traffic.
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Region:
Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, WA
Congestion: 
High
Site characteristics: Water: 
Sound/Strait
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Street Parking
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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Surrounded by the bustling metropolis of Seattle and home to the Port of Seattle, Elliott Bay is one of the busiest urban bays in the U.S. And with abundant views of downtown Seattle, the Space Needle, the Seattle Great Wheel, Mount Rainier, and the Olympic Mountains off to the west, it's arguably one of the prettiest bays as well.

First discovered by explorers in 1841 during the The United States Exploring Expedition, it's unclear for whom exactly Elliott Bay was named, as there were a few Elliotts on the expedition and the historical records failed to mention a specific man.

At its deepest point of approximately 590 feet (180 meters), somewhere between the headlands of West Point and Alki Point, Elliott Bay is one of the deepest bays in Puget Sound. Harbor seals, sea otters, starfish, and many kinds of birds are common sights in the bay, and occasionally orcas are sighted.

Kayaking around Elliott Bay can be challenging during peak boat traffic hours, as large vessels can produce wakes that can form at unexpected angles to the naturally occurring waves in the bay. Navigating around the bustling waterfront can be intimidating as well, as kayaks tend to be the smaller and slower moving vessels in the bay. Myrtle Edwards Park makes an excellent landing and break point for kayaking adventures in the bay.

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