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