Great Places to paddle in Washington and Oregon


Scenic Lakes


Bellingham Area Lake Whatcom, Lake Samish

Everett Area , Lake Goodwin, Lake Stevens, 

Seattle Lake Union Downtown Seattle Southside, Northend Sunnyside Boat Ramp, Shilshole Beach Saltwater Lake Sammamish(Issaquah)

Tacoma Olympia- Spanaway Lake (South Tacoma), Steilacoom Lake (Lakewood), American Lake (Lakewood), Mowich Lake (South of Buckley), Offutt Lake (Tenino SE of Olympia)

SW Washington Mayfield Lake, Riffe Lake, Silver Lake (Castle Rock), Coldwater Lake (Mt St Helens), Lake Sacajawea(Longview), Vista Park Skamokowa Creek, Cress Lake Kalama, 


Portland Area Estacada Lake McIver Park and Timber Park Launch, Promontory Marina North Fork Reservoir (Estacada), 

Bend Central Oregon Cascade Lakes- Hosmer, Sparks, Waldo, Clear Lake, 

Eugene Fern Ridge Reservoir, 

Oregon Coast Wohink Lake(Florence), Loon Lake (Reedsport)

NW Kayaking Interactive Map to add your favorite spots

Slow Moving Rivers around Washington and Oregon

So many great rivers to explore that even the begginers can enjoy

Western Washington-  Seattle Area

Duwamish River - Alki Beach Access

Green River - Auburn - Flaming Geyser Whitney Bridge No rapids below this point

Snoqualmie River - Below the Powerhouse to Fall City takeout is a fun 3 hour float 

Olympic Peninsula Port Angeles Sequim

SW Washington Olympia on South

Skookumchuck River Chehalis

Chehalis River

Cowlitz River - Castle Rock and Toledo Blue Creek Trout Hatchery are great spots to launch and float down river for a good 2 1/2 hour trip into downtown Toledo

Coweeman River - Paddle past the Kelso High school  Tam O'Shanter Park  

Kalama River Red Barn to Modrow Bridge Take Out

Lewis River North Fork - Lewis River Golf Course is a fun run or starting from the Golf Course Launch and float down to the town of Woodland.

Central Washinton

Wenatchee River in Leavenworth

Yakima River outside of Cle Elum - Teaneway River Drop In to Thorp take out 3 hours

Yakima River in Prosser

Eastern Washington

Spokane River (Look Up the Pirates)

Oregon Rivers 

Portland Area

Downtown Portland Willamette River 

Audrey McCall Beach Under East Side of Hawthorne Bridge Map

Clackamas River Estacada Barton Carver Float some rapids 

Clackamas River Outfitters in Estacada  (Local Info)     Oregon River Rentals Shuttle 

Oregon City Willamette Falls and Willamette Narrows Launch at the Willamette Park Boat Ramp and head upriver about 20 minutes

Mololla River south of Oregon City Map

Tualitan River Tualitan River Keepers

Eastern Oregon

Fossil, Oregon River Shuttle

San Juans Islands Kayaking

Washington Water Trails Association Website 

San Juan Island - Friday Harbor with the great wildlife Whales and Orcas to be seen from time to time!

San Juan Island "Friday Harbor Ferry' or Fly in By Kenmore Air from Seattle

Roche Harbor Boat Ramp on the North Side of the island

San Juan County Park on the West Side of the Island is a popular spot for paddling the shoreline up to Snug Harbor and to the south Lime Kiln State Park Lighthouse a number of Kayak Tours available if you don't bring your own but bringing your own gives you the leisure to explore at your own pace but the guides do give some great points of interest to see and history of the area.

Jackson Beach on the East Side of San Juan Island south of Friday Harbor 

Lopez Island

Orcas Island

River Rafting

Hook up with a Rafting Company go for some fun 

Inflatable Kayaks

Some great inflatable kayaks 

Have Questions? Ask away in the group on Facebook NW Kayaking

See great photos from everyday paddlers and get motivated to go exploring and make new friends

NW Paddling Events to check out

From White Water to Sea Kayaking some great events even just to be a spectator!

(White Water)Northwest Creeking Competition East Fork Lewis River April 2019 Facebook Page 

(Easy Floating) River Floating Kayak The Cowlitz Labor Day Weekend Castle Rock, Wa Website

(Sea Kayaking) Lumpy Waters October 2019 Oregon Coast Website 

NW Kayaking Events

NW Kayaking Events