Best Sea Kayaking in Washington

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

  • #1 Commencement Bay

    5 Reviews

    Puyallup River, WA

    Here you will find a pleasant contrast to expectations of a polluted industrial wasteland. Commencement Bay has a bit of everything. There are the wooded bluffs of Point Defiance, the “downtown” ...
    •  Part Day To Full Day.
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Here you will find a pleasant contrast to expectations of a polluted industrial wasteland. Commencement Bay has a bit of ...

  • #2 Point Doughty on Orcas Island

    2 Reviews

    Eastsound, WA

    Accessible only from the water, this little DNR Recreation Site at Orcas Island’s northwest tip has attractive madrona and fir woods, tide pools, and spectacular cliffs complete with a small ...
    •  Part Day To Overnight.
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Accessible only from the water, this little DNR Recreation Site at Orcas Island’s northwest tip has attractive madrona and ...

  • #3 Carr Inlet: Horsehead Bay, Cutts Island State Park, and Kopachuck State Park

    2 Reviews

    Rosedale, WA

    If you live south of Seattle, this is a short, easy trip, ideal for those with limited saltwater experience, or for families. Distances between stopovers are not long, and there are plenty of ...
    •  Part Day.
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    If you live south of Seattle, this is a short, easy trip, ideal for those with limited saltwater experience, or for families. ...

  • #4 Elliott Bay

    2 Reviews

    Seattle, WA

    Shipyards with naval frigates or an Alaska ferry in dry dock create an engaging scene, one that is in constant motion and change. There are also routes deep under the waterfront’s piers and the ...
    •  Part Day.
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Shipyards with naval frigates or an Alaska ferry in dry dock create an engaging scene, one that is in constant motion and ...

  • #5 Patos, Sucia, and Matia Islands

    2 Reviews

    Eastsound, WA

    This chain of state park and wildlife refuge islands is famed for its intricate geology as well as its potentially treacherous waters. Separated by miles of sea from other islands in the San ...
    •  Overnight To Multiple Nights.
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This chain of state park and wildlife refuge islands is famed for its intricate geology as well as its potentially treacherous ...

  • #6 Dungeness Spit

    2 Reviews

    Dungeness, WA

    This 5-mile-long spit is a National Wildlife Refuge set aside for waterfowl and shorebirds. As many as 10,000 birds winter in the refuge, particularly the black brant. Sandpipers and other shorebirds ...
    •  Part Day To Full Day. No camping is allowed along these shorelines. Landing is only permitted at the
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    This 5-mile-long spit is a National Wildlife Refuge set aside for waterfowl and shorebirds. As many as 10,000 birds winter ...

  • #7 Hope and Skagit Islands

    1 Reviews

    Oak Harbor, WA

    Though currents are swift in this area, the protection of nearby Fidalgo and Whidbey islands makes Hope and Skagit reasonable destinations when other places are a bit on the rough side. Ashore ...
    •  Part Day To Overnight.
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    Though currents are swift in this area, the protection of nearby Fidalgo and Whidbey islands makes Hope and Skagit reasonable ...

  • #8 Central Hood Canal: Quilcene and Dabob Bays, Dosewallips, Pleasant Harbor, Triton Cove, and Mike’s Beach Resort

    0 Reviews

    Brinnon, WA

    With the Olympic Mountain Range towering overhead, this part of Hood Canal is the meeting place of land and sea. When you can take your eyes off this gorgeous backdrop, there is plenty to look ...
    •  Full Day Or Overnight.
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    With the Olympic Mountain Range towering overhead, this part of Hood Canal is the meeting place of land and sea. When you ...

  • #9 Burrows Island

    2 Reviews

    Anacortes, WA

    The paddling at Burrows Island is interesting and exhilarating with both sheer rock and lively currents. Ashore you will find an abandoned US Coast Guard light station perched on a cliff on the ...
    •  Part Day To Overnight.
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    The paddling at Burrows Island is interesting and exhilarating with both sheer rock and lively currents. Ashore you will ...

  • #10 Bachelor Island

    0 Reviews

    Ridgefield, WA

    A favourite day paddle is the 16-km (10-mi.) circumnavigation of Bachelor Island in Washington State, part of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Other options entice from across the river, ...
    •  1 - 2 days
    •  Guide

    A favourite day paddle is the 16-km (10-mi.) circumnavigation of Bachelor Island in Washington State, part of Ridgefield ...

  • #11 Port Madison and Agate Passage

    0 Reviews

    Suquamish, WA

    The northern shores of Bainbridge Island and the adjacent Kitsap Peninsula make an easy escape for locals and city dwellers alike. Though the area’s shores are primarily residential with an ...
    •  Part Day To Overnight.
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    The northern shores of Bainbridge Island and the adjacent Kitsap Peninsula make an easy escape for locals and city dwellers ...

  • #12 West Point, Shilshole Bay, and Golden Gardens

    0 Reviews

    Rollingbay, WA

    This area, west of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, is a good place for both cautious sea outings for new paddlers during calm weather and lengthier and more challenging routes for experienced ...
    •  Part Day To Full Day.
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    This area, west of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, is a good place for both cautious sea outings for new paddlers during ...

  • #13 Eld Inlet

    1 Reviews

    Boston Harbor, WA

    This is a pleasurable place to paddle with no real destination, or to explore the little mid-inlet coves and southern tidal estuaries. Only one boat ramp, a driveway through the yard of a private ...
    •  Part Day To Full Day.
    •  8.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a pleasurable place to paddle with no real destination, or to explore the little mid-inlet coves and southern tidal ...

  • #14 Port Townsend to Point Wilson

    1 Reviews

    Port Townsend, WA

    Explorer Captain George Vancouver noted that the current location of Port Townsend, located on the northern tip of Quimper Peninsula, had a “fine deep harbor.” Like many towns in the Puget Sound ...
    •  Part Day To Full Day.
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    Explorer Captain George Vancouver noted that the current location of Port Townsend, located on the northern tip of Quimper ...

  • #15 Tacoma Narrows

    0 Reviews

    Gig Harbor, WA

    Famous for the 1940s film of the collapsing Tacoma Narrows bridge, also called “Galloping Gertie,” the Narrows is known for its tidal bottleneck effect. With Puget Sound squeezing through its ...
    •  Part Day To Overnight.
    •  10.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Famous for the 1940s film of the collapsing Tacoma Narrows bridge, also called “Galloping Gertie,” the Narrows is known for ...

  • #16 Mats Mats Bay

    1 Reviews

    Port Ludlow, WA

    This quiet little bay north of Port Ludlow is just right for paddling practice or touring anchored yachts. The bay has a pastoral feel to it, with residences generally low key and set back from ...
    •  Part Day.
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    This quiet little bay north of Port Ludlow is just right for paddling practice or touring anchored yachts. The bay has a ...

  • #17 Lopez Island: Mackaye Harbor

    0 Reviews

    Lopez Island, WA

    With an annual rainfall of 22 inches, Lopez Island is located in the banana belt of Washington. Mackaye Harbor on the island’s southwest side has an arid landscape in summer with golden meadows, ...
    •  Part Day.
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    With an annual rainfall of 22 inches, Lopez Island is located in the banana belt of Washington. Mackaye Harbor on the island’s ...

  • #18 Deception Pass

    0 Reviews

    Oak Harbor, WA

    Deception Pass offers outstanding beauty that can be explored safely on the fringes of the high-current area in the pass itself. You can also paddle through the pass when currents are weakest ...
    •  Part Day To Full Day.
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Deception Pass offers outstanding beauty that can be explored safely on the fringes of the high-current area in the pass ...

  • #19 Lake Union

    1 Reviews

    Seattle, WA

    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 ...
    •  Part Day.
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The origins of Lake Union go back 12,000 years. The lake was carved by the Vashon glacier, which also created Lake Washington. ...

  • #20 Henderson Inlet: Woodward Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area

    0 Reviews

    Longbranch, WA

    Henderson Inlet offers a serene place to paddle, especially when compared to other, more trafficked inlets of south Puget Sound. This is partly due to the absence of public beaches or boat ramps ...
    •  Part Day To Full Day.
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Henderson Inlet offers a serene place to paddle, especially when compared to other, more trafficked inlets of south Puget ...