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Kayak Denny Park

I am not an organizer, and prefer not to do that, but thought if we can post when, where we would like to kayak, we can contact one another if we see a location, time that works for us. This would maximize our chances to get out.  One option, for a rental kayak is Harbor Kayaks, Gig Harbor. The charge is only $10.00 per hour for 2 hours or more. I need to rent so wherever there are rentals I can go.

Debby H.

N. Tacoma





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  • Aaron S

    The white-breasted ducks in with mallards in Juanita Bay were Northern Shovelers and the M/F pair over at Sand Point were Gadwalls.

    November 8

    • Aaron S

      Close to a Shoveler, but not quite. My bird book says dabblers frequently hybridize. Maybe a near-sighted Mallard bred with a Shoveler?????? :) "Hey, duckies, you're supposed to mate for life ... let's keep it in the family, okay???? ... oops, ackkk, we mean keep it in the species, okay?????" "Nuh uh!!!!" shoots back the hybrid, "I don't have a species ... I'm just gonna go out and have a good time!!!!!!!!!!" "Wooo hooo ... a ducky singles meetup!!!!!!! 'Quack, quack ... your pond or mine???'"?????­­­­­­­­ Wooo hooo ... who said bird-watching was dull??????? "Yeh ... why do ya think we're called 'dabblers'????­­?" shoots back that bad-boy hybrid, "Quack quack!!!!"

      November 11

  • Anda

    Excellent, beautiful day, beautiful area, nice company

    November 8

    • Aaron S

      Yep, we lucked out with fine paddling conditions!!!!!! Thanks Anda ... and thanks Anda and Bill for a fun paddle!!!!!! Interesting variety of winter ducks on the lake, too. Gotta get my bird book out. :) 'Tis the season ... I'm gonna post more Lake Washington paddles!!!!!

      November 8

  • Aaron S

    (continued from prior comment)

    I re-scheduled a Commencement Bay paddle that was going to be on Saturday, due to unacceptable conditions. In lieu in that time slot, I suggest that anyone who wants come to Denny Park at 11:30 a.m., for informal rough-water skills practice. This comment is a suggested location and time for individual practice and is not a meetup event nor part of the posted meetup event. This practice opportunity will not be hosted and will not be led or organized. Each person practicing will be responsible for his/her own practice activities and safety and will practice entirely at his/her own risk.

    Anyone practicing should be an intermediate or beyond paddler with thorough wet exit, re-entry and rescues training and recent practice. Each person practicing should bring and use all appropriate safety equipment, including a drysuit and a helmet.

    Anyone planning to show up, please feel free to mention such in a comment on this posting

    November 6

    • Aaron S

      I'm getting some yes RSVP's for the skills practice. We'll be there. Depending upon conditions and folks' interest, we may paddle around the lake some, as well as do in-place skills practice.

      November 6

  • Lance B

    Totally makes sense - Aaron - thanks for the reality check and suggestions for training - I'll have to get a different kayak to be able to do any of that.

    November 6

  • Aaron S

    The current Lake Washington conditions and forecasts for Saturday afternoon are:
    Water temperature: ~55F
    Air temps: Low 50'sF
    Precipitation: 60% chance
    Wind: S at 10 knots with gusts to 30 knots.
    Fetch from the 520 bridge and Hunts Point to this launch location: ~4.5 nautical miles.

    Under those conditions, I would anticipate waves heights in the 2 foot range.

    Only adequately trained and properly equipped intermediate and beyond paddlers should venture out in those conditions.

    (continued next comment)

    November 6

  • Lance B

    Weather forecast for heavy rain - I am bowing out.

    November 6

  • Lance B

    Confused...this appears to be an edited post, not new, but if weather cooperates, I'd love to put in and paddle Denny Park - one of my fav's! Great little park! Let me know weather contingencies, please?
    Thanks, Lance.

    PS: I did not post this one...I did the weekday post for Manzanita Bay, it was awesome.

    November 5

  • Barbara E

    Lance is the organizer. I was suggesting it for a future paddle.

    October 19

  • Barbara E

    How about a paddle through the Ballard (Chittendon) locks out to the lighthouse and back?

    October 19

    • linda M.

      Barbara are you doing this paddle on tuesday or sometime in the future I can't go on Tuesday but would like to do it some other day

      October 19

  • Lance B

    More ideas: Denny Park to St Edwards, Juanita Beach bay, Lake Crescent, Kayak Point, any of the beautiful lakes in any direction - open to meet folks, picnic, short-medium length paddles.

    October 16

    • linda M.

      Went to Lake Cresent this summer and would like to Kayak it sometime.

      October 19

    • Lance B

      Yes-Crescent beautiful...tomorrow a suggested paddle at Manzanita Bay in harbor/bay only, tide will be at peak.

      October 19

  • Lance B

    Anyone available for weekdays?

    October 19

    • linda M.

      I can be but usually need about a weeks notice. have own Kayak and transportation.

      October 19

  • Lance B

    There are kayak rental vendors on Bainbridge Island, or in Poulsbo, with destinations to include Eagle Harbor, Blakely Harbor (nicely protected) or even Manzanita Bay, or the Poulsbo harbor area. I can transport kayaks on my truck for other destinations on the peninsula including lakes.

    October 14

  • Dave

    Want another trip to west coast Van Is. Spent 10 days there at Nuchalitz last July. Tofino? Broken Group? God's Pocket? Need a couple partners. My 3rd trip there.

    1 · July 29

    • Ling C.

      When and how long?

      September 13

    • Ling C.

      I have a oru fold up kayak, u think it is adequate for the trip?

      September 13

  • Dave

    Want another trip to west coast Van Is. Spent 10 days there at Nunchalitz last July. Tofino? Broken Group? God's Pocket? Need a couple partners. My 3rd trip there.

    July 26

  • Barb T

    Im in Portland Id love to kayak there! My schedule is packed till Sept.

    July 10

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in the market for a kayak!! if anyone has any contacts or has one to sell, pls email me @ [masked]. thx!
    single, hard plastic, enclosed preferably. Sea or lake :)
    ps ~ pls let me know if there's a more appropriate place to post this sort of thing.

    July 1

  • Barbara E

    I am selling one of mine but would need to know if it is ok to post info about it on this site or not. If ok, I can discuss it further. If no one objects, I will post...

    April 22

    • Barb

      I'm interested in buying a kayak, and/or a stand-up board

      May 24

    • A former member
      A former member

      hi Barb ~ email me the specs of the kayak you want to sell, if it's still available ~ [masked]. thx :)

      July 1

  • Aaron S

    I'll be posting some TGIF Friday after-work Lake Union paddles on the Seattle Area Sea-Kayaking meetup. The more the merrier ... I'll cross-post them on this meetup, too.

    1 · July 1

  • Anda

    Elizabeth, I keep my kayak at Moss Bay too. I will be out of town until July 15, but, after that, would you like to kayak together after work sometime?

    July 1

  • Elizabeth H.

    I have a membership at Moss Bay and usually go a couple times a week!

    June 30

  • Victoria

    I have my own kayak, and would like to put it to use.

    Would anyone be into kayaking at a place with a low parking to put-in ratio this Sunday?

    June 27

  • Barb

    I have rented kayaks and stand-up boards Harbor Kayaks in Gig Harbor, very good. I don't want to be an organizer either, Debby, but we can just pick a detained time and see who shows up!

    May 24

  • linda M.

    So when is the kayak trip to long beach

    April 20

    • marcy s.

      I would love to go to long beach!

      April 20

    • A former member
      A former member

      me too!

      April 23

  • marcy s.

    I like NW kayak for lessons

    April 22

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone know of good (& fairly inexpensive, if possible) kayak lessons? I've only kayaked a few times, but I love it & want to do more. Additionally, if anyone has a line on a good, inexpensive 1-person kayak for sale, I would love it if you'd let me know :) ps ~ I live in Ballard, so paddling anywhere in Seattle would be great, but I'm willing to drive outside of town too. thx!!

    April 22

  • linda M.

    Is this a day trip or overnight er. Where do we meet. And what time

    April 20

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live on Phinney Ridge so I can easily get to Green Lake, Lake Union, Lake Washington, Shilshole Bay, and the cuts between the lakes on week nights. I try to keep Fridays open from late morning on so there's an option for a more distant paddle and weekends too. If you don't mind looking at my profile for more ... then I won't have to leave such a long post in this thread!

    1 · October 6, 2013

    • Heidi B

      Hey Phinney neighbor, contact me and perhaps we can go together,

      April 20

  • Peter B.

    I used to rent sea kayaks for $60 per 24 hour period in Olympia. I set up my truck to carry four at once. If there is another source to rent from I would do that every time, as then you can go anywhere. The Olympia store is closed now, so I am on the lookout for another store. Does anyone out there know of one? Willapa bay has been on my list for a few years now.

    April 5

  • Terry

    I have Alki (haven't been there yet) on my mind. I also want to go enjoy Wenatchee again.. haven't been there since last Labor Day. For leisure I like a simple 3-4 miles out... 3-4 miles back... If it's a hardcore Hood Canal thing then it might be more than what I'd like.... I also like playing around in Gray's Harbor for a day trip or a hotel on the along the beach overnighter.

    1 · August 19, 2014

  • Ed

    Has anyone ever paddled the Snoqualmie River (downstream of the falls...near Fall City, Carnation, etc)? I'm looking for a group for this, maybe just a few that would like to try it. I haven't done it myself, but would like to try while the river is still low and calm.

    August 15, 2014

  • Mark P

    There is plenty of street parking at Idylwood Park for day and after hours. Thats how people swim in their birthday suits at night :-) Stop on the street, put your boat in the grass, go park on the street. Drag your boat in the grass to the water. It's just too easy and this works at most parks.

    August 9, 2014

  • Amol A.

    Any place near seattle with parking and rental facility.

    1 · August 6, 2014

  • Suzie

    About 15 years ago, a group of us (7 to 10) would do an annual weekly trip to either Clayoquot Sound or Barkley Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada. We would launch our trip from the little sea kayaking mecca town of Tofino, BC. From there, we would paddle to what I believe to be Flores Island Park. Tofino is surround by a vast array of gorgeous little island with the most incredible white sandy beaches. You felt like you're in Hawaii or better when the weather is warm and sunny in July or August. We would camp on one of these remote island beaches for the entire week and do daily kayaking explorations through the coastal waterways and channels around these island. For any that enjoy sea kayaking and camping, this area is a MUST DO on your bucket list. I no longer have a kayak but I would love to do these trips again if anyone is interested in going for a week and camping on the islands and has a tandem kayak to share.

    August 1, 2014

  • Barbara E

    ooooops, I meant to say, "There are NOT rangers in previous post.

    July 22, 2014

  • Barbara E

    Here is info on Idylwood Park and the use of Lake Sammamish. First, the parking area is NOT close to the water. For those wanting to bring their own kayaks, they would have to carry wheels. I don't believe there is an actual motorized boat launch so we would have to carry to the dock. The hours the park is open are 'dawn to dusk,' but when asked if they ticket if we are parked after dusk, I was told there are rangers and she didn't know if the City of Redmond police would ticket people parked in the lot after dusk or not...
    So.....that's the info.
    There is also kayak rental at Lake Sammamish State Park but it requires a Discover Pass ....parking lot is closer, though...but there are rangers and park has set hours.

    July 22, 2014

  • Barbara E

    It is Cascade Canoe and Kayak...same company that rents out of Enatai. Go to their website for prices. They just opened at Idylwood in June.

    July 21, 2014

  • Barbara E

    I found out the company that used to rent out of Coulon Beach near the Boeing plant is now renting out of Idylwood Park in Redmond along Lake Sammamish. I don't have any other information but I left my phone number for them to call me back. Will post when I get more info.

    July 21, 2014

  • Jerry D

    The owners of the kayak rental place on the south end of Lake Washington near the Boing plant have changed. New owners are the local rowing club.

    They told me they were going to rent kayaks but so far they don't have any for rent. I'll try to talk to them again and see what their plans are. I'll post again after talking to them.

    July 21, 2014

  • Barbara E

    I have kayaked out of the Renton Enatai rental facility. It is near the Boeing plant. It was a nice place to launch my own kayak and the people who rented seemed to like it. I don't know the price for a rental. Lots of parking. This would be for a daytime kayak trip on lower Lake Washington. Lots of places for lunch near there as well.

    July 7, 2014

  • Mark P

    Here's the Willapa link and if you google map Long Island WA you'll get a better view of the area. You can see the launch site on the hwy by the South end of the Island. http://www.fws.gov/refuge/willapa/

    July 7, 2014

  • Mark P

    Plan to paddle Long Island WA at the Willipa Bay protected inlet July 19 after a dual sport meetup in that area on the 18th. If anyone wants to go there is a high tide at 8:35 PM (9.9ft) which would provide nice paddling from 4PM and later. There is also a high at 8:30 AM. Plenty of other deeper water areas in Willapa as well. Going on July 17th before my ride is an option as well. There is a launch right on the highway with a short crossing, then protected shallow water behind the Island with beautiful inlets. Check out the youtube videos. I'm going by myself but anyone's welcome. You can room or camp all over the area or do the casino thing if you like. I'll be car camping pulling a trailer but open to any ideas.

    July 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    July 3rd my new Emotion Glide is due to arrive at the Redmond REI! I hope I made a good choice. I hope it fits inside my GMC Terrain. I can't wait to go out in it. I look forward to having fun with you on the water!

    June 30, 2014

    • Terry

      1 day and then your new kayak day!!!!

      July 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      REI has not yet emailed me, as they said they would, when my kayak is ready for pick up. I hope there i get it soon!! I wonder how late it will be. Hope hope hope!

      July 1, 2014

  • Terry

    Just crazy enough to do it......if I can find the courage by having someone help take photos. I'm clowning at the edmonds 4th parade. Starts mid-day..... and thought it would be unique to stay in face and costume for some on the water kayak photos after the parade. Parade start at 12:30. Probably leave for the water about 2:30 0r 3p. Any location ideas? Travelling from Nile Shrine Golf Course or Lynnwood area depending on water destination and amount of planning.

    June 30, 2014

  • Barbara E

    Just FYI, most of the sit-on-top and even the sit-in polyethylene kayaks are at least 50 lbs. The lighter-weight ones are carbon-fiber or other composite materials and may be around 43 lbs. or so but they are MUCH more expensive. As I suggested below, get a kayak cart with wheels to carry a kayak. It will still be heavy to 'lift' but it will be much easier to carry to and from your car.. hope this helps. There are some poly kayaks in the 45 lb. range so look for used ones but they will likely be more than $350 in price. Check REI.

    June 28, 2014

  • Darcy

    I find it simple and easy to meet at Aqua Verde Paddle Club. I bought a kayak card last year and it doesn't expire. It ends up being 10 dollars an hour to rent. They have a variety of excellent kayaks from beginner to expert. Best times for me are Monday and Wednesday afternoons about 3:30 or so.

    June 2, 2014

  • Barbara E

    I am now available to paddle evenings on the East side. Live right near Lake Sammamish but don't know their closing time. Vasa Park closes at 8:00 and then there's Mercer Slough off Bellevue Way for a relaxing evening paddle...mosquitos and all! Got 3 bites the other evening!

    May 16, 2014

  • linda M.

    Hi, I am interested in kayaking out in the south puget sound. Just moved down to the Auburn area so don't really know where to go down this way.

    April 27, 2014

  • Melinda

    I live at the north end of Lake Sammamish and try to get out on the lake often. If you're on the Eastside we could launch a small group from here (there is a path from the parking lot to the dock but limited parking). I could also meet at Lake Sammamish State Park after work Tue, Wed, or Fri.

    1 · April 17, 2014

    • Terry

      I live up in Mill Creek but work down at Boeing on E. Marginal Way south of Seattle. Do plan to take the kayak to work and go mid afternoon at Lake Sammamish occasionally. Also don't mind doing a Lake Sammamish water-stroll on a Saturday or Sunday. How long is the path?

      April 17, 2014

    • Barbara E

      I live right near Lake Sammamish as well. Tied up with work on my place until maybe second week of June on weeknights but after that, should be available to launch from State Park.

      April 19, 2014

  • Sue M.

    Hope Island, Olympia, would be a fun event.

    1 · April 16, 2014

  • Wanda C.

    Just a thought: Went from Dash Point into Quartermaster Harbor today. It was cool, with a little breeze, but a VERY pleasant paddle. We had a rowdy group of seals that escorted us about 3/4 the way back. Not sure if they enjoyed our company or wanted us to get out of their territory. Made for a great paddle.

    1 · October 26, 2013

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