The Sammamish River connects Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish and offers kayakers numerous ways to explore the waterway. From Lake Washington, kayakers can paddle upstream fairly easily, exploring the tight waterway as it makes its way to Lake Sammamish. From Rhododendron Park just north of Lake Washington, paddle upstream through golf courses, trailer parks, upscale neighborhoods, and lush wooded sections toward Woodinville. Since the currents are fairly weak, kayakers should be able to easily paddle most sections of the river before catching the current back to Rhododendron Park. This scenic and diverse waterway offers paddlers a fun trip close to the city. During winter months, numerous types of ducks, geese, and other birds can be seen along the banks of this winding waterway. On days when the weather is questionable, exploring this winding river is a great alternative to the open waters of the Puget Sound.
Alternatively, paddlers who wish to run a shuttle can paddle the entire waterway as it makes its way from Lake Sammamish to Lake Washington.