Paddleboarding to the sea (Lake Union to Puget Sound)
Today I accomplished my big summer goal of paddleboarding from Lake Union in Seattle to the Puget Sound and back. This is my story.
Paddleboards cannot go through the locks
I’ve seen kayaks go through the locks but never paddleboards. Upon looking into it, I was able to confirm that paddleboards are not allowed in the Chittenden (Ballard) locks. So I got out a map to look for ways around the locks. I found a little street end park at 28th Ave NW and figured one of the various public shores to the north would have beach access. I was hoping it would be the first few, but they are on pretty significant bluffs. So I found that the best re-launch spot is a full 0.7 miles down the road, at the NW 57th St. beach.
The wind forecast for today was really calm and that’s what I had been waiting for. This kind of journey would be too hard for me if I had to fight strong winds in one direction or the other. I left around 8:30am.
All in it took me about 5 hours. I feel pretty tired and am going to be sore tomorrow, for sure! But it was a lot of fun and I would totally consider doing it again.
One thought on “Paddleboarding to the sea (Lake Union to Puget Sound)”
Nice! That’s a long way but so cool to see Seattle from the water side. A different perspective. One of our rowing routes is out to the locks and back, very familiar with the dinosaur, tug boats, Ballard Bridge, etc. not to mention some lovely tent shelters, one complete with couch out front (I think that has been removed!).