Kayaking in Woodinville


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  • Outdoor Adventure Center
    The Outdoor Adventure Center's wildly experienced guides have led groups off the grid for more than a quarter century, pursuing rugged fun in the scenery and fresh air of mountains, rivers, and coastlines. Explorers at heart, the staff boldly launch kayaks into the ocean around the San Juan Islands and conquer the frothy waters of the scenic Skykomish River, known for its beginner-friendly rapids, migrations of spawning merpeople, pool and drop areas, and breathtaking views of 5,000-foot mountain peaks. Horseback and hiking trips delve into the lush woods, and nature photography excursions pause to celebrate the beauty of the wilderness near Index. The core team of 14 guides takes safety seriously, most with certifications from the American Canoe Association, training in wilderness first aid, CPR, and swiftwater rescue, and life vests tattooed over their chests.
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    14300 Northeast 145th Street
    Woodinville, WA US
  • Cascade Canoe & Kayak Centers
    An osprey hovers 30 feet in the air over Lake Washington, virtually silent until it spots something beneath the water's surface. Quickly, it folds its wings and plunges into the water, emerging seconds later with a fish ripped firmly between its talons. Nearby, Cascade Canoe & Kayak Centers' founder, Dan Henderson, floats by silently. This slice of the pristine outdoors happens to be his workplace, but none of it would have happened if his mother hadn't forced him to take a canoeing lesson in 1972. Despite his initial reluctance, Mr. Henderson took to the water like a robot to a magnet store. He went on to race whitewater canoes and flat-water Olympic-style canoes, eventually earning four medals as a member of the U.S. national team. Later, Mr. Henderson became a coach and set out to train a new crop of water athletes. To this end, Cascade Canoe & Kayak Centers serves as the natural continuation of Mr. Henderson's journey: a place to, in his words, "share paddling with the community in a manner that is fun and safe." Under the leadership of expert guides—many of whom learned their trade directly under Dan Henderson's wing—visitors embark on day trips into inlets and bays, paddling in the shadow of the Olympic Mountains or tailgating orca whales. The staff also leads canoe and kayak classes that aim to take novices from beginner to expert. Their efforts have proved fruitful, as three of Cascade Canoe & Kayak Centers' students have made it to international-level competitions.
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    3519 108th Avenue Southeast,(between Northup Way & 35th Pl)
    Bellevue, WA US
  • Olympic Outdoor Center
    Towering trees surround Puget Sound's shores, where mountains wrapped in hazy gauze loom in the background as wild animals serenely drink from the open waters and winding Hood Canal waterways. It's here that Olympic Outdoor Center decided to stake its headquarters more than 25 years ago, and where their instructors now lead paddlers onto the water for kayak and standup paddleboard lessons. The coaches also guide salmon-fishing tours and other extended trips, as well as youth adventure camps in which kids learn to maneuver kayaks and paddleboats and master fending off sea monsters with a swift paddle-bop to the noggin. On land, staff members guide adventurers through mountain-biking camps and competitive races on the surrounding 4,000 acres of forested trails. The staffers help organize outdoor recreation events such as annual adventure sports festivals, paddling and biking triathlons, and overnight paddling trips.
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    32379 Northeast Rainier Avenue
    Port Gamble, WA US
  • Alpine Adventures
    Although tours of the Skykomish start peacefully enough—in the pools of the South Fork—they don't stay that way for long. Just a few miles downstream is the Boulder Drop, a class IV–V section of whitewater that looks like a foaming meat grinder, pumping out 7,000 cubic feet of water per second. But anyone who skips this section will still find plenty of thrills in the route's other class III–IV rapids.
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    221 Croft Avenue
    Gold Bar, WA US
  • Seattle Sake Dragonboat Club
    Operated by the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society, a registered non-profit society, Dragon Zone Paddling Club makes it easy for people to experience the ancient art of dragon boating, as well as many other types of paddle sports. In addition to 10- and 20-person dragon boats, the club equips guests with canoes, six-person outriggers, one-person outriggers, and kayaks. For those who are new to dragon boating, Dragon Zone Paddling Club offers four-week classes that introduce basic techniques and get participants used to working as a team. More specialized workshops supplement foundational skills with more advanced instruction, which is especially useful for anyone who decides to join a racing team.
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    100 Lake Washington Blvd
    Seattle, WA US
  • Wheel Fun Rentals
    Get around Alki beach the quick way by renting one of their various types of foot-powered transportation. Regular bicycles are available, but, for the more adventurous spirit within you, you’ll want to check out the surrey. Whether you opt for the single surrey or double surrey, a great time with family and friends is sure to follow. Spending a sunny day with a few of your favorite people pedaling down the beach is difficult to top, and this rental shop gives you all of the tools you need to get started. Other rental options from mopeds to surfboards are available, so be sure to check it out for all of your beachside needs.
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    2530 Alki Avenue Southwest
    Seattle, WA US

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