Guided Kayaking Adventures


Reserve your tour today through October 30! 

All tours leave from Shilshole Bay Marina, W-Dock (just South of Golden Gardens)

Ballard Locks Tour


3.5 hours


The Ballard Locks is the second most visited tourist attraction in Seattle. Instead of going TO IT, go THROUGH IT! Our guides will paddle you through Ballard's scenic Shilshole Bay, where you will likely see multiple seals, sea lions, osprey and great blue herons.


You will then enter the historic Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks*. As the 30 ton gates of the "water elevator" shut behind you, you can look up to see that all of the tourists watching with envy as you gently rise to Lake Union's water level. Then off through the ship canal, home to Seattle's largest mega yachts and some of the infamous Deadliest Catch boats. We end this trip by heading back through the Locks to Shilshole Bay Marina to lazily sit on the beach and watch the day pass (optional).


*Please note we do not have control over the locks schedule, and cannot guarantee we get through them. Either way, we will enjoy the wildlife and the company! 

  • Meet at our docks in Shilshole Marina 20 minutes prior to tour departure
  • Family Friendly
  • Beginner paddlers welcome

2-hour Sound Tour


2 hours


The Puget Sound was created when the area's glaciers began their retreat about 14,000 years ago, leaving behind intricate patterns of islands, inlets, lakes and shorelines. Today, the Puget Sound is home to thousands of creatures, from orcas and sea lions to sea anemones and sand dollars. Enjoy the rich ecosystem of the Puget Sound on this two hour kayaking tour. This is a great chance to see seals, sea lions, great blue herons and more. The route of the tour will vary based on recent sightings of local wildlife, wind and currents. Whether you want to drift among the bull kelp or paddle hard along the shore, this tour is for you. 

  • Meet at our docks in Shilshole Marina 20 minutes prior to tour departure
  • Family friendly
  • Beginner paddlers welcome

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What to bring: 

  • Warm clothes, preferably non-cotton, it is always colder on the water (fleece, capilene, nylon, wool are all good options)

  • Water-appropriate shoes (sandals that strap to your feet or water shoes are ideal)

  • A water-proof, wind-proof layer (a rain jacket)

  • A water bottle

  • Sunglasses and a sun hat

  • If you want to bring electronics, best to carry them in a water-tight container 

What we provide: 

  • All equipment necessary including tandem kayaks, paddles, and PFDs

  • A knowledgeable, skilled guide

  • Snacks or meals, as indicated for each tour

  • Storage for small belongings you want to leave behind

  • All tours are conducted in tandem kayaks for ease of use, efficiency and stability.


*Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled tour to allow time for the waiver, PFD fitting and safety demonstration.


*Please allow time for parking and using the restroom prior to the start time of your tour. 

Questions? Visit our FAQs page

Or Contact Us anytime. 


Shilshole Bay Marina, W-dock

7901 Seaview Ave NW

(By the Corinthian Yacht Club, just South of Golden Gardens)



Tours are open through October 30!

Thursday - Sunday


Closed for the Season.

Check back in April!

*Up-to-date closures due to weather HERE

Contact Us
(206) 494-3353

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