Swamp Things Paddling Lake Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Union Bay stretches before you as you stand beside your canoe at the Waterfront Activities Center, trying to remember the mechanics of the j-stroke. This part of Lake Washington was deeper and wider before it was lowered in 1916; its waters would once have lapped the stadium and swamped University Village. Leaving the Activities Center, head north along the dock beside you (1), away from the Montlake Cut. Stay fairly near the shoreline, with Husky Stadium looming on your left. In front of you rafts of vegetation will emerge. Most prominent upon them, especially in summer, are the slowly molting brown flower spikes of our native cattail, Typha latifolia. Besides conjuring up sweet memories of lakeside summers experienced or read about in books, cattails are a wonderfully useful plant.
Nature in the City: Seattle

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Nature in the City: Seattle

by Maria Dolan & Kathryn True (The Mountaineers Books)

Union Bay stretches before you as you stand beside your canoe at the Waterfront Activities Center, trying to remember the mechanics of the j-stroke. This part of Lake Washington was deeper and wider before it was lowered in 1916; its waters would once have lapped the stadium and swamped University Village.

Leaving the Activities Center, head north along the dock beside you (1), away from the Montlake Cut. Stay fairly near the shoreline, with Husky Stadium looming on your left. In front of you rafts of vegetation will emerge. Most prominent upon them, especially in summer, are the slowly molting brown flower spikes of our native cattail, Typha latifolia. Besides conjuring up sweet memories of lakeside summers experienced or read about in books, cattails are a wonderfully useful plant.

©  Maria Dolan & Kathryn True/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Nature Trips
Nearby City: Seattle
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Season: February through October
Driving Directions: Directions to Swamp Things: Paddling Lake Washington

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