Lake Union

Seattle, Washington

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The origins of Lake Union go back 12,000 years. The lake was carved by the Vashon glacier, which also created Lake Washington. The Duwamish people called it “small lake.” In 1854, pioneer Thomas Mercer predicted there would be a “union of waters” with canals connecting it to Puget Sound. Bill Boeing began his airplane company on the lake in 1915. The modern Lake Union is home to marinas, floating homes, dry docks, Gasworks Park, and a seaplane terminal. Many paddlers in Seattle have taken their first strokes there as summer water temperatures can rise into the 70s. A tour of Lake Union could be combined with excursions either east to Portage Bay, the Washington Park Arboretum, and Lake Washington, or west along the ship canal toward the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.
Kayaking Puget Sound, the San Juans, & Gulf Islands

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Kayaking Puget Sound, the San Juans, & Gulf Islands

by Rob Casey (The Mountaineers Books)

The origins of Lake Union go back 12,000 years. The lake was carved by the Vashon glacier, which also created Lake Washington. The Duwamish people called it “small lake.” In 1854, pioneer Thomas Mercer predicted there would be a “union of waters” with canals connecting it to Puget Sound. Bill Boeing began his airplane company on the lake in 1915.

The modern Lake Union is home to marinas, floating homes, dry docks, Gasworks Park, and a seaplane terminal. Many paddlers in Seattle have taken their first strokes there as summer water temperatures can rise into the 70s. A tour of Lake Union could be combined with excursions either east to Portage Bay, the Washington Park Arboretum, and Lake Washington, or west along the ship canal toward the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

© 2012 Rob Casey/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Seattle
Distance: 4.5
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Part Day.
Season: Spring to Fall
Local Maps: SeaTrails Wa 202; Noaa chart 18447 SC (1:10,000). a Seattle street map is probably as useful.
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Union

Recent Trail Reviews

9/25/2002
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Another one of our favorite paddling spots. If you get the chance to get out on Elliott Bay, you should definitely do it! It is quite humbling to paddle your kayak near the huge container ships being filled for shipments all over the world.



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