BEST PADDLE BOARDING LOCATIONS IN THE SEATTLE AREA
Considering a stand up paddle board session in Seattle? You’re in luck! We’ve compiled the can’t miss spots into a quick Seattle paddling top five! Here are five best locations to get out on the water. To make things even more enticing SUPrents.com can have a board delivered to your door anywhere in Western Washington with free next day shipping.
Shilshole Bay/Golden Gardens
This location surrounds you with the finest sections of Seattle – beach, mountains, the Puget Sound, sea life, as well as a fantastic local community. Golden Gardens is the destination to be for beach goers as soon as the sun comes out in the summertime. After a paddle discovering sea life close-up at low tide, head towards the nearby cooker hood (generally known as Ballard) for shopping, food, live concerts, and sightseeing. Make use of the public parking at the North end of the Marina to launch. Consider the weather/tides before you set out. Ensure that you spy Dead Leif as well as sea serpent chilling on the breakwater.
Alki Beach/West Seattle
Explore the city view. Launch at nearby Salty’s seafood restaurant (check out their fantastic happy hour when you return). With restaurants and shopping lining the street, in the summer Alki Beach is constantly bustling with paddle boarders and beach goers. For a longer paddle, continue going south and you will move through the Alki Point Lighthouse and finally reach the heavily-wooded Lincoln Park to the south. Don’t forget to check the weather and tides and don’t let the summer vibes fool you – the water you are paddling is frosty throughout the year!
Lake Washington, North
When you need a break from the salty and frigid Puget Sound there is nothing that beats the experience of paddling on Lake Washington. With no-tides to worry about and freshwater Lake Washington is a welcome transition after trips in the saltwater. The views of Mt. Rainer are absolutely breathtaking on a clear day. Towards the north end is the Matthews Beach Park, a perfect area to launch with St. Edward Park across the lake to the East and Sand Point to the south. As we stated, no tides to fret about this spot, but be sure to watch out for the wind and bring along your swimsuit during the summer time.
There are a lot of opportunities to get in the water and enjoy amazing city views. On the dock at Ivar’s Seafood house, pull your paddleboard over for some of the best clam chowder outside of New England. Parking is often complicated at the south end of the lake, even though there is a great launch site. We would recommend using the Sunnyside boat ramp on the north end.
If you are going to SUP in Seattle you have check out the Freemont/ U District. We recommend launching from the 14th avenue boat ramp. While there check out Montlake Cut and picture yourself racing the nationally renowned University of Washington Crew team as this is where they finish. Launching from here will also give you access to Gasworks park and the quirky eclectic Freemont neighborhood.
If you are looking to head out to Seattle and hit the waters, SUPrents.com has all of your stand up paddle boarding needs covered. Whether it is a board, paddles or something else, SUPrents.com can ship it to you anytime, anywhere in the U.S.. Pick the board and SUPrents.com will do the rest.