Best Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing in Washington

This list represents the most popular flatwater kayaking & canoeing in Washington. Use this list to plan your next Washington flatwater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Stillaguamish River: South Fork

    2 Reviews

    Arlington, WA

    The South Fork of the Stillaguamish is another favorite steelhead stream flowing through a rural area. Its background bluffs give it the appearance of an Ozark river, but its vegetation is strictly ...
    •  4 hours
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    The South Fork of the Stillaguamish is another favorite steelhead stream flowing through a rural area. Its background bluffs ...

  • #2 Sammamish River

    3 Reviews

    Redmond, WA

    The Sammamish River, which links Lake Sammamish with Lake Washington, creates a passage between the lakes for boats as well as for anadromous fish. The Sammamish River Trail runs all the way ...
    •  4 to 5 hours
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    The Sammamish River, which links Lake Sammamish with Lake Washington, creates a passage between the lakes for boats as well ...

  • #3 Issaquah Creek

    3 Reviews

    Issaquah, WA

    One of the smallest streams covered in this book, Issaquah Creek is perhaps the most intimate. It requires no shuttle because it involves paddling up a creek from an access on the lake into which ...
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    One of the smallest streams covered in this book, Issaquah Creek is perhaps the most intimate. It requires no shuttle because ...

  • #4 Black River

    2 Reviews

    Rochester, WA

    The Black River southwest of Olympia is unique: a southern river placed in the Pacific Northwest, a placid fairyland stream, full of beautiful butterflies and bird life during the summer months, ...
    •  5 to 6 hours
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    The Black River southwest of Olympia is unique: a southern river placed in the Pacific Northwest, a placid fairyland stream, ...

  • #5 Lacamas Lake and Round Lake

    1 Reviews

    Camas, WA

    Lacamas Creek is a pretty stream that drains much of the farmland east of Vancouver. About 1 mile north of Camas, Lacamas Lake and Round Lake were formed when two small dams were built, backing ...
    •  4 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    Lacamas Creek is a pretty stream that drains much of the farmland east of Vancouver. About 1 mile north of Camas, Lacamas ...

  • #6 Snoqualmie River: Fall City to Tolt River Mouth

    2 Reviews

    Fall City, WA

    The Snoqualmie River between Fall City and Carnation is a bucolic stretch of river perfect for novice paddlers. It may be bound by dikes much of the way, but the river is well forested, offers ...
    •  4 hours
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    The Snoqualmie River between Fall City and Carnation is a bucolic stretch of river perfect for novice paddlers. It may be ...

  • #7 Nisqually River Delta / McAlister Creek

    1 Reviews

    Olympia, WA

    The Nisqually Delta, one of the richest wildlife habitats in Puget Sound, is protected as the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. McAlister Creek and the Nisqually River—two major streams that ...
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    The Nisqually Delta, one of the richest wildlife habitats in Puget Sound, is protected as the Nisqually National Wildlife ...

  • #8 Cedar River

    1 Reviews

    Maple Valley, WA

    The Cedar River flows under the Renton Library and can be seen from the I-405 S curves. A raging Cascade river in its youth, its final few miles offer an active paddling experience through a ...
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    The Cedar River flows under the Renton Library and can be seen from the I-405 S curves. A raging Cascade river in its youth, ...

  • #9 Duwamish River / Waterway

    1 Reviews

    Seattle, WA

    The Duwamish River and the waterway at its mouth provide a unique paddling experience, from fast-water chutes when the tide is going out to dodging ocean-going vessels around Harbor Island while ...
    •  4 to 5 hours
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    The Duwamish River and the waterway at its mouth provide a unique paddling experience, from fast-water chutes when the tide ...

  • #10 Silver Lake

    1 Reviews

    Silver Lake, WA

    If you were a bass, you would want to live in Silver Lake. You would have three thousand acres of lake to roam in, millions of lily pads to hide under, several islands to swim around for exercise, ...
    •  Up to 4 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    If you were a bass, you would want to live in Silver Lake. You would have three thousand acres of lake to roam in, millions ...

  • #11 Skykomish River: Sultan to Monroe

    3 Reviews

    Sultan, WA

    The Skykomish between Sultan and Monroe offers excellent steelhead fishing. It sweeps widely within its flood plain, meandering between huge gravel bars, the shoreline protected by giant cottonwoods. ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    The Skykomish between Sultan and Monroe offers excellent steelhead fishing. It sweeps widely within its flood plain, meandering ...

  • #12 Chehalis River / Lower Black River: Oakville to Porter

    1 Reviews

    Oakville, WA

    The Oakville-to-Porter run is a pleasant paddle on a moderate-sized river that flows through a broad, undeveloped agricultural valley. The banks are well vegetated with shrubs, grasses, second-growth ...
    •  3 hours; from lower Black River, 6 hours
    •  18 miles
    •  Guide

    The Oakville-to-Porter run is a pleasant paddle on a moderate-sized river that flows through a broad, undeveloped agricultural ...

  • #13 Grays River / Seal Slough

    1 Reviews

    Rosburg, WA

    Grays River is a small tributary of the Columbia River named for Captain Robert Gray, who discovered the Columbia (the river was named for his ship, the Columbia Rediviva). Seal Slough is a tributary ...
    •  3 mph at slack tide
    •  19 miles
    •  Guide

    Grays River is a small tributary of the Columbia River named for Captain Robert Gray, who discovered the Columbia (the river ...

  • #14 Snohomish River Sloughs

    1 Reviews

    Everett, WA

    The Snohomish River Sloughs—Ebey, Steamboat, Union, and the mouth of the Snohomish River itself—offer more than 40 miles of paddling potential, a veritable network of waterways in which a paddler ...
    •  3 miles per hour
    •  23 miles
    •  Guide

    The Snohomish River Sloughs—Ebey, Steamboat, Union, and the mouth of the Snohomish River itself—offer more than 40 miles ...

  • #15 Cowlitz River

    1 Reviews

    Toledo, WA

    The Cowlitz is one of the premier steelhead fishing rivers of the Northwest, but it also yields salmon and trout. It is more of a mountain stream—a big one to be sure, but a mountain stream ...
    •  4 to 5 hours
    •  22 miles
    •  Guide

    The Cowlitz is one of the premier steelhead fishing rivers of the Northwest, but it also yields salmon and trout. It is more ...

  • #16 Chehalis River: Porter to Montesano

    0 Reviews

    Elma, WA

    The long, looping stretch of the Chehalis offers excellent paddling on a clear-water river with numerous gravel bars for fishing, picnicking, or camping. For the most part it flows through private ...
    •  5 to 6 hours
    •  20 miles
    •  Guide

    The long, looping stretch of the Chehalis offers excellent paddling on a clear-water river with numerous gravel bars for ...

  • #17 Nooksack River: South Fork

    0 Reviews

    Deming, WA

    The Nooksack’s South Fork, a perfect river for tubing or canoeing, parallels S.R. 9. The spectacular tips of the Twin Sisters can be seen from the river, and while the course of the river flows ...
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    The Nooksack’s South Fork, a perfect river for tubing or canoeing, parallels S.R. 9. The spectacular tips of the Twin Sisters ...

  • #18 Lower Green River: Kent to Tukwila, Lower Reach

    0 Reviews

    Kent, WA

    The lower Green River in this short stretch of placid but relatively fast water bound by dikes on both sides is worth considering, much of it flanked by parklands in west Kent and in Tukwila. ...
    •  2 hours
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The lower Green River in this short stretch of placid but relatively fast water bound by dikes on both sides is worth considering, ...

  • #19 Lower Kalama River

    0 Reviews

    Kalama, WA

    One of the best steelhead tributaries of the Columbia, the Kalama has some fine whitewater stretches above this segment. At the lower reaches, this clear, swift stream provides a few challenging ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    One of the best steelhead tributaries of the Columbia, the Kalama has some fine whitewater stretches above this segment. ...

  • #20 Snoqualmie River: Tolt Mouth to Confluence

    1 Reviews

    Carnation, WA

    The bucolic character of the lower Snoqualmie River dominates this segment. Dairy farms line the river (adding to its nutrient base, especially during periodic winter flooding) and decorate the ...
    •  6 to 7 hours
    •  25 miles
    •  Guide

    The bucolic character of the lower Snoqualmie River dominates this segment. Dairy farms line the river (adding to its nutrient ...