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Golden Gardens to Carkeek Park Sea Kayaking

Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, Washington

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Golden Gardens to Carkeek Park Sea Kayaking

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  • A kayaker leaves the put-in near Golden Gardens Park.- Golden Gardens to Carkeek Park Sea Kayaking
  • The distinctive pilings near the put-in at Golden Gardens Park.- Golden Gardens to Carkeek Park Sea Kayaking
  • A kayaker passes the wall that protects the Shilshole Bay Marina on the way to Carkeek Park.- Golden Gardens to Carkeek Park Sea Kayaking
  • A view of the Olympic Mountains.- Golden Gardens to Carkeek Park Sea Kayaking
  • Cormorants rest on the rocks near the marina.- Golden Gardens to Carkeek Park Sea Kayaking
  • Masts at the Shilshole Bay Marina are visible in the distance.- Golden Gardens to Carkeek Park Sea Kayaking
  • A kayaker makes her way to Carkeek Park.- Golden Gardens to Carkeek Park Sea Kayaking
  • A kayaker makes her way to Carkeek Park with the Olympic Mountains in the background.- Golden Gardens to Carkeek Park Sea Kayaking
  • Ships cross the Puget Sound with the Olympic Mountains in the background.- Golden Gardens to Carkeek Park Sea Kayaking
  • A kayaker makes her way to Carkeek Park.- Golden Gardens to Carkeek Park Sea Kayaking
  • Crossing to to Carkeek Park.- Golden Gardens to Carkeek Park Sea Kayaking
  • A boy plays at the beach at Carkeek Park.- Golden Gardens to Carkeek Park Sea Kayaking
  • Leaving Carkeek Park for the return to Golden Gardens Park.- Golden Gardens to Carkeek Park Sea Kayaking
  • Kayakers leave Carkeek Park.- Golden Gardens to Carkeek Park Sea Kayaking
  • A kayaker makes her way back from Carkeek Park.- Golden Gardens to Carkeek Park Sea Kayaking
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Easy access.
Cons: 
Can be crowded. Boat traffic.
Region:
Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Site characteristics: Water: 
Sound/Strait
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
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Paddle Description

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The trip from Golden Gardens Park to Carkeek Park is a beautiful trip along the coast of Puget Sound that can easily be done in a couple of hours in the afternoon. Once you pass the wooden pilings near the put-in, head north along the coast. Depending on the water conditions, you can choose to paddle closer to the shore for more protection or strike out into more open waters before rounding Meadow Point. Many days you will see fly fisherman trying their luck for salmon or sea-run cutthroat in the mornings and late afternoons. The Puget Sound is a great place to see wildlife, including bald eagles, seals, sea lions, and even orcas. Once you near Carkeek Park, there are several beaches that offer a great place for a picnic, a rest in the sun, or a quick break before heading back with a view of the Olympic Mountains.

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