All tours leave from Shilshole Bay Marina, W-Dock (By the Corinthian Yacht Club)

Open again in April!

Guided Kayaking Adventures

 

Clam Chowder Tour

$125

4 hrs of easy paddling, 1 hr of chowder-ing (begins Oct 1) 

Autumn is the best time to be on the water! No more fighting for space with other boats, better wildlife sightings and that great feeling of accomplishment at the end. This tour starts at our location in Shilshole Bay Marina and ends with a piping hot bowl of Ivar's Famous Clam Chowder. In between, we paddle through the Ballard Locks, alongside the Deadliest Catch boats and downtown Fremont, under 3 draw bridges, and across the top of Lake Union for spectacular views of Downtown Seattle. We haul out right beside Ivar's to finish the tour with a bowl of clam chowder (included) and any other warm and tasty treats at Ivar's (not included).

 

Please note this is a one-way tour. You will be responsible for your transportation to the starting point (Shilshole Bay Marina) and from the ending point (Ivar's on Northlake Way). We recommend Uber, Lyft, Yellow Cab or your best buddy. 

*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

 

Ballard Locks Tour

$65

3-3.5 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 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 all of the tourists are 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 the infamous Deadliest Catch boats.  We end this trip by heading back downstream 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

$45

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 killer whales 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 herons and more. The route of the tour will vary based on recent sightings of local wildlife. 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

Details

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)

  • Water bottle

  • Sunglasses and/or a sun hat

  • If you want to bring electronics, best to carry them in a water-tight container (we do provide plastic zip-block bags)

What we provide: 

 

  • All equipment necessary, including watercraft, paddle, and PFD

  • A knowledgeable, skilled guide

  • Snacks or meals, as indicated for each tour

  • Storage on shore for small belongings you want to leave behind

 

*Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled tour to allow time for parking, signing waivers and using the restroom prior to the start time of your tour. 

Questions? Visit our FAQ's page

Or Contact Us anytime. 

Location

Shilshole Bay Marina, W-dock

7901 Seaview Ave NW

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

Hours

TOURS:

Tours are open!

Everyday BUT Tuesdays.

RENTALS:

Open for Rentals.

10am - Dusk, Wed - Sun!

By Online or Phone Reservation Only.

*Up-to-date closures due to weather HERE

Contact Us
(206) 494-3353

info@ballardkayak.com

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