Canoeing around the Washington Park Arboretum


This weekend is Opening Day of the Seattle boating season. Even if you don't own a boat, you can enjoy the warmer weather and rent a canoe and paddle around the Arboretum. (Don't do it on Opening Day, though.)

Here's a nice map courtesy of the Northwest Outdoor Center. Pay heed to avoid the green section marked Caution. I made a wrong turn and ended up in the Caution area, and I found myself slogging through very shallow water.

Assuming you avoid the shallows, it's a very pleasant experience. Commune with the ducks and other birds. Pull over at one of the beaches and take a lunch break (assuming you remembered to pack lunch). Wave at the cars stuck on the 520 bridge.

Bonus reading material: The Miracle of Foster Island.

Comments (3)
  1. Nathan_works says:

    “I am Elmer J. Fudd, millionaire. I own a mansion und a yacht.”

    For all the yacht clubs for the various dot-com millionaires, is there still a public launch for folks bringing their own canoes/kayaks in to town ? ‘Round here, we usually have to sneak it in the water before the park police come..

    (the archive link for the miracle is 404)

    [Try again now – or just search web.archive.org on your own. -Raymond]
  2. Nathan_works says:

    Gracias. I did try, as the 404 page suggested the seach, but no dice. Good story.

  3. Julian says:

    Looks interesting, but how noisy is it? It looks like you are never far from a major road (except perhaps east of Duck Island).

    Also, what are the bits of road that seem to disappear into the water (north and west of Duck Island) – is this some experimental ramp for amphibious vehicles?

    [It’s not that noisy, actually, unless you’re right up against the highway. And those are ghost ramps. -Raymond]

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