Stand Up Paddling near Seattle
Where to go Paddle Boarding near Seattle and Bellevue
Seattle sits sandwiched between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington, the second largest natural lake in the state. Lake Washington offers many opportunities for stand up paddling, with many parks positioned on calm and scenic bays. Meydenbauer Bay park in Bellevue is a popular stand up paddleboard access point on the lake due to its swim beach, boat launch, and close proximity to downtown Bellevue, not far from Kenmore, Kirkland, and Issaquah. Enatai Beach park is another great access point.
Paddle Boarding Tours and Classes
Spend time on the water and learn everything you need to get started in the sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding. You’ll be introduced to the basic strokes, and receive personalized instruction to improve your balance and comfort on the board.
Other Seattle Paddle Boarding Locations
Close to downtown Seattle, Lake Union is the spot to catch quintessential views of the Seattle skyline while stand up paddleboarding. Depending where you launch from, Lake Union’s attractions include paddling the Ballard Locks, sightseeing colorful houseboats, and appreciating the popular and unique Gas Works Park. Beware of boats and keep your eyes peeled for seaplanes taking off. Lake Union is an oasis in the heart of an urban city.
The Sammamish River runs south to north, starting in Lake Sammamish and running into the north end of Lake Washington. The calm waterway courses through suburban and urban neighborhoods, offer a casual down river stand up paddling adventure close to nature without leaving town. Choose to paddle upstream, beginning near the mouth of the river at Rhododendron Park, or arrange a shuttle for yourself to complete a greater length of the river on a downstream paddle.