Boating, water skiing, windsurfing, jet skiing, kayaking and swimming are easily accessible at Lake Stevens, the largest lake in Snohomish County with miles of shoreline, sandy beaches and public boat launches. Lake Ballinger, a 100-acre park complex, is also a draw for fishing and canoe paddlers.
From mountain streams and lakes to the shores of Puget Sound, there are a wide variety of options available to kayakers of all interests and skill levels. One of the most popular versions involves kayaking the backwaters and sloughs of Snohomish County during winter. Three main sloughs on the lower Snohomish River — Ebey, Union and Steamboat — follow miles of shoreline and several islands. Grassy, shallow marshes with muddy bottoms provide excellent places for wildlife and kayakers.
For those interested in river rafting, year-round river tours follow the seasonal rhythms of the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges of Washington State. Fall colors trips are ideal in October and November, and winter Bald Eagle float trips run December through February.
If it’s scuba diving your after, the 27-acre Edmonds Underwater Park, just north of the ferry pier, is Washington State’s most popular diving spot. It’s fun just to watch the divers enter and exit the waters, or join them in the nutrient-rich Puget Sound waters, busy with abundant aquatic life.