Some of the old dikes are being torn down to restore original water routes and traditional tidal flooding. Almost one thousand estuary projects are underway, including putting woody debris in rivers and streams to create salmon spawning habitat.
Kayakers and stand up paddle boarders favor the waters of the slough and estuaries for their interwoven channels. As recreationists set out from the boat launch at the south side of the city, they are able to navigate a maze of bird-filled marshes and tidal zones, or paddle to the Salish Sea for salt water rowing. Along the way they are likely to see blue herons, redwing blackbirds, and the rusting hulls of old boats.
After returning to the boat launch at the south side of Marysville, visitors can walk into the charming downtown on Third Street to get a pastry at Wander Coffee Bar and Eatery for espresso and pastries (1514 3rd St) or visit Third Street Book Exchange (1615 3rd St) to pick out a good book for your travels. Walk to the famous Marysville water tower at Comeford Park (514 Delta Ave) and enjoy the playground, or drive up State Street to the famous Strawberry Lanes (1067 Columbia Ave), the local favorite for bowling a few frames and eating pizza.
Bring a kayak or a stand up paddleboard, explore the estuaries and then go to town—literally. You won’t be sorry that you did.