Full Moon Kayaking Sat July 12th

HERE'S THE UPDATE Mercer Slough it is!

We will launch at 8:00pm that means in the water by 8 Directions:  going south on 405 take the I 90 exit toward Seattle, get into the left lane since its a Bellevue Way is a left exit, Exit Bellevue Way, First Right Turn (no light or sign, just a road) takes you right down to the boat launch.

Head lamp would be helpful, decorate you boat with glow sticks so we will be seen if we go on to the lake.

There are no boat rentals, sorry. This is a Bring your own boat.

 


Ok I need some help and input. I have checked into outfitter that put these full moon paddles  they arrange are kind of expensive. We just need a place to launch. ( and a clear sky) the parks close the gates at dusk. when I would do these with the other club I was in in CA, we would launch and then park across the street, and then help everyone get the kayaks to the cars. I think the Sammamish River would be a good spot for a moon light trip, but we need a place to launch and upon return can get kayaks to cars or cars to kayaks. Any feed back Please!!!  we could also grab a quick bite before or picnic near launch site. or grab a beer afterwords. whats everyone up for??

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  • Richie

    Please let me know if you lost an LED flashlight...we found one at the slough launch site.

    July 15

    • Mark P

      Was in a hurry after telling the Rangers we'll be gone quickly. Had it bungeed to my boat. Black techlite. I have others if we don't cross paths

      July 15

  • Wendy K.

    Thanks for a fun paddle everyone! I never saw any rangers.

    July 14

  • Barbara E

    I looked it up and it says dawn to dusk so I guess we surpassed " dusk" by a bit. They probably would have ticketed us if we had not returned when we did...or sent out the search squad...just doing their jobs.

    July 13

  • Barbara E

    How late does that place allow parking? I didn't see any signs.

    July 13

  • kathleen a.

    Mark, what were the tickets going to be for? Three park rangers? they should understand. wow!

    July 13

  • kathleen a.

    very, very fun! beautiful full moon and lots of bugs and bats.

    1 · July 13

  • Jeff H.

    Fun paddle. Beautiful night, I'll have to try the skin-so-soft. lol

    1 · July 13

  • Barbara E

    Thank you so much, Wendy, for organizing this!!! It was totally fun! BTW, not a single mosquito bite...not to plug Avon, but Skin-So-Soft really worked!!!!

    1 · July 13

  • Mark P

    Fun and just in time to avoid tickets from 3 park rangers :-)

    July 12

  • Mark P

    I will be paddling from the park to the slough launch

    July 12

  • Jeff H.

    Awesome, I'm in. I'll bring a nice bottle of Wine to share, see you there!

    July 9

  • Barbara E

    Are we voting on a location, Wendy? I vote for Mercer Slough July 12.

    July 9

  • Joe M

    I have a tandem kayak and an empty seat. Does anyone want to paddle with me?

    1 · July 9

  • kathleen a.

    my comments the other day were mishmash. what I was trying to say was that the Swelocken(?) launch off Bellevue way, just after you get off I-90 on to Bellevue Way does not close, has plenty of parking and a nice little boat launch with short access from the Mercer Slough to Lake Washington. but alas, no rentals. So what is the final decision?

    July 9

  • Mark P

    East Montlake Park is open until 11:30 PM. We just paddled there until dusk. There is an easy launch area right by the parking lot. The question is if it's a good idea to paddle and land kayaks in the dark?

    July 8

    • Wendy K.

      with a full moon it should be pretty bright out. Its a good Idea to have a head lamp, but not necessary. It is good to put glow sticks and things on your kayak

      July 9

  • Barbara E

    For those interested in an easy evening paddle, Saul from the sea kayaking group just posted a paddle on the sea kayaking meetup group for July 22 out of Houghton Beach. He splits into groups that have their own kayaks and those who want to rent his. You have to sign up on the sea kayaking meetup group but these are nice, easy paddles. This is an evening paddle.

    1 · July 8

  • Mark P

    Mercer Slough has a safe business park but you have to know where the launch friendly spots are. If you have a small boat you can throw in the water without drawing attention you're fine. If it were one of Saul's singles kayaking rental tours with all the major launching production it might be a reason for them to start putting up signs :-) The Slough boat launch doesn't have a closing time but you'd want to park your car out a way close to the street if it were night time. The boat launch is close to the I-90 bridge.

    July 7

    • kathleen a.

      Mark, you can launch at the mercer slough

      July 8

    • kathleen a.

      Contnue...east of bellevue way shortly after to get on bellevue coming west on I90...Swelock.....someth­ing something boat launch. You can paddle through the slough or out to the lake to MY DEN BAUD or Luther burbank park or Newport dhores.

      July 8

  • Amy H.

    I thought I had already posted this but maybe not - the concrete beach at Magnussen Park - we could paddle and have s'mores on campstoves at OO Denny Park which is a super cute park and paddle back to Magnussen - the concrete beach is where sail sand point is located.

    July 8

  • Wendy K.

    I will check out Sammamish Landing on Wed, to see if it will work, thanks for all the suggestions. Kirkland down town would work but parking on a Sat night is a problem. Also Jaunita Beach park could work there is a parking lot across from the park. before dusk would not be a problem and then park across the street.

    July 8

  • Mark P

    For landing in the dark I think this is your best bet. It would be wise to drop your yak at the water then park out by Bellevue Way. http://parkstrails.myparksandrecreation.com/Details.aspx?pid=125

    What about all the parks along the Lake in Kirkland or the boat launch by the Shark Club? If parking is only restricted for a few hours early in the AM, crossing the sidewalk to launch/land a yak seems like it would be okay as long as you're not hanging out in the park/launch?

    July 8

  • Mark P

    Sammamish Landing fb page. Google doesn't show the new park. https://www.facebook.com/TheSammamishLanding?rf=367092876646494

    July 8

  • Mark P

    Mercer Slough boat launch, Mercer Slough Business Park (close to fish ladder) or the best way to launch from Log Boom Park is the way I always do it and no one seems to listen :-) Put your boat in the grass by the park entrance, go park on the street (not inside the park) drag your kayak in the grass to the dock and launch. It seems so obvious after watching the kayak experts hassle with their launch by the rentals. I think the new Sammamish Landing Park would be best for night time. On street only parking, a dock or shallow launch and nothing to run into like you'll have on any river. Also Idlywood Park has on street parking close to the shore. Night time on a river isn't the safest thing.

    July 7

    • Barbara E

      Does Mercer Slough have a closing time? I LOVE launching from there during the day. Do you happen to know if there are any lights in the parking area?

      July 7

    • Wendy K.

      Mark is the new Sammamish Landing park on the lake? that might work well.

      July 8

  • Barbara E

    We could park near the Ballard Locks on a side street and launch our kayaks and kayak through the locks at night. I've done it with the sea kayaking group and it was loads of fun. We would all need to be sure we had lights on our kayaks and a headlamp as well as a lightstick around our necks. Experience kayaking would be mandatory...no first-timers...

    July 7

    • Wendy K.

      sounds fun but I would leave that to the Sea Kayaking group

      July 8

  • Kris M.

    I would love to join this group for Saturday night. BUT, I'm not experienced just paddle for enjoyment. I launch in Kenmore at the Sammamish River boat launch and paddle up the river out out to Lk Wa. Please be sure to specify if these paddles are for experienced or not. Thanks!!

    July 7

  • Mark P

    Good point. I guess the issue there is rental places probably won't be open after a moonlight paddle? Most of these paddles are so minimal a little plastic or air kayak is all you need. In fact I mentioned having a inflatable kayak meetup group to eliminate all the logistical issues experienced with peoples sea kayaks for basic fresh water paddles. 12v air pump and you're off :-)

    July 7

  • Barbara E

    All good ideas....but I think there are many people who don't own their own kayaks so perhaps the organizer(s) were trying to think of a place where people could rent???

    July 7

  • Barbara E

    Do you know Saul from the sea kayaking group? He owns 10 kayaks that he rents out to people and he transports them. He has done kayak launches from Westlake to near Montlake where he then sets up a BBQ. Try to look him up on the sea kayak group and ask if he would be willing to do a moonlight trip in the Seattle area. He has many out of Kenmore but that's a bit far for me. He separates the groups into those that have their own kayaks and those that need to borrow his.

    July 7

  • Melinda

    This is a good spot to launch on to the Sammamish River but it required a Discover Pass

    http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/water_access/30250/

    July 7

  • Whitney

    Oh, and I'm new here but I'll just add that I put together a bunch of full moon whitewater floats when I lived in Boise (what a hoot!). The one big tip I have is to be aware of how big the hills/mountains are around you. Allow time for the moon to crest whatever might block it by the horizon.

    July 7

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    July 7

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