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Guide to Boat Launches and River Recreation

Our region is defined by water. Here’s how to enjoy it and do so responsibly.

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Welcome to the regions north of Seattle where you can paddle through world-class rapids, set crab pots in a quiet cove, kayak with seals, or enjoy a local craft beer at a bustling marina. When it comes to getting out on the water, we have it all: hundreds of lakes, gentle streams and wild rivers, cascading waterfalls, and miles of shoreline to explore.

Our region is defined by water. The Salish Sea, also called the Puget Sound, is our westerly neighbor and portal to many nearby destinations: Whidbey and Camano Islands, Seattle, the San Juan Islands, and the Olympic Peninsula. Ferries carry visitors and tourists alike to nearby cities, while private boaters capture moments of solitude and views spanning both the Olympic and the Cascade Mountains.

Our coastal waters provide excellent fishing and shellfishing opportunities. Please help us keep it that way by making sure you’re up to date on the Washington State Sportfishing Rules.

Lifeways: Salmon and How to Recreate Responsibly

Rivers are the lifeways of our northwest communities. They are also lifeways for several other creatures, including the eight salmonoid species who call our waters home. The journeys our rivers make are important for our environment as well as our communities. Respect them by launching your adventure from a designated put in. Use the water and fish responsibly so that others can continue to visit these wild spaces.

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Local Rivers

Take a journey on the wild and beautiful Skykomish River, an hour’s drive and a whole world away from Seattle. Enjoy the tranquility of evergreen mountains as far as the eyes can see. Mind the rapids and take your watercraft out well before waterfalls. Also, be sure to avoid woody debris in the waterways, as fallen logs aren’t just obstacles to floating. They’re also habitat for spawning salmon.

On the Stillaguamish River you can meander with its current through fertile farmland and into a rich estuary teeming with herons, cutthroat trout, and Canadian snow geese.

Launch your boat onto the Snohomish River to catch fish with views of hot air balloons and skydivers who come here to take in the beautiful river valley from above.

Marine Boat Launches

Kayak Point
Port of Everett Marina
Mukilteo Lighthouse Park and Public Boat Launch
Port of Edmonds Boat Launch
Ebey Waterfront Park, Marysville
Skykomish River
Baelor, Monroe
Lewis Street, Monroe,
Ben Howard, Monroe
Big Eddy, Gold Bar
Jonkers , Sultan
Sportsman Park, Sultan
High Bridge*, Monroe

Additional hand launch sites for small craft:

Cable Drop, near the trailhead to Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls
Snohomish River and Estuary
Snohomish River Boat Launch, Snohomish
Cady Landing, Snohomish - kayak racks
Everett/Lowell Rotary Park, Everett
Langus Riverfront Park, Everett
Stillaguamish River
Hat Slough, Stanwood
Boe Road Boat Launch
Haller Park, Arlington

Whether you’re looking to kayak, motor, float, or swim, Seattle NorthCountry rivers will have something to offer you.