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.

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#1. Stillaguamish River: South Fork


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 Pa…
From the guidebook "Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest"
Arlington, WA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 11 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in wa - Click to view allBestFlatwater Kayaking & Canoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Sammamish River


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 from Mary…
From the guidebook "Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest"
Redmond, WA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 13 miles BestFlatwater Kayaking & Canoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Black River


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, fanta…
From the guidebook "Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest"
Rochester, WA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 12 miles
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#4. Lacamas Lake and Round Lake


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 up the…
From the guidebook "Canoe & Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon"
Camas, WA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 5 miles
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#5. Snoqualmie River: Fall City to Tolt River Mouth


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 views o…
From the guidebook "Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest"
Fall City, WA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 11 miles
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#6. Nisqually River Delta / McAlister Creek


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 created…
From the guidebook "Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest"
Olympia, WA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 8 miles
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#7. Issaquah Creek


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 it f…
From the guidebook "Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest"
Issaquah, WA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 2 miles
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#8. Cedar River


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 bucolic s…
From the guidebook "Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest"
Maple Valley, WA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 14 miles
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#9. Duwamish River / Waterway


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 admir…
From the guidebook "Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest"
Seattle, WA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 12 miles
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#10. Silver Lake


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, and…
From the guidebook "Canoe & Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon"
Silver Lake, WA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 7 miles
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#11. Skykomish River: Sultan to Monroe


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.…
From the guidebook "Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest"
Sultan, WA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 9 miles
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#12. Chehalis River / Lower Black River: Oakville to Porter


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…
From the guidebook "Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest"
Oakville, WA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 18 miles
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#13. Grays River / Seal Slough


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…
From the guidebook "Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest"
Rosburg, WA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 19 miles
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#14. Snohomish River Sloughs


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 coul…
From the guidebook "Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest"
Everett, WA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 23 miles
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#15. Cowlitz River


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 nonetheles…
From the guidebook "Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest"
Toledo, WA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 22 miles
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#16. Nooksack River: South Fork


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 throug…
From the guidebook "Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest"
Deming, WA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 13 miles
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#17. Chehalis River: Porter to Montesano


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 pro…
From the guidebook "Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest"
Elma, WA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 20 miles
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#18. Lower Green River: Kent to Tukwila, Lower Reach


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. It beg…
From the guidebook "Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest"
Kent, WA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 6.5 miles
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#19. Columbia River: Smith and Bybee Lakes


Smith and Bybee Lakes are two large bodies of water in north Portland, but most Portland residents have never seen them or even heard of them. Bybee Lake is 250 acres in area with a 5.9-mile shoreline…
From the guidebook "Canoe & Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon"
Vancouver, WA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 12 miles
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#20. Lower Kalama River


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 miles…
From the guidebook "Paddling Washington: Routes in Washington State & the Inland Northwest"
Kalama, WA - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 10 miles
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