It used to be good enough to just paddle on a beautiful, sunny, summer day with my mates. Ahhh the freshwater of the Lake Washington Ship Canal - no salt getting on everything that I'll have to scrub off later. Definitely one of the top places to paddle in Seattle. This used to be enough, but today, well, we're hungry.
My usual kayak-food-combination of sun flour seeds (I discovered their many flavors in the Up & Over), Cliff bars, and those 6-pack peanut butter crackers (the cheapest calories available, I'm telling ya:) wasn't cutting it this time. Where can you paddle to get some grub in this town?
Since we're in Ballard it wouldn't make sense to paddle to the 'Habitude launch' and get some delicious pancakes at the Portage Bay Cafe. No worries though, just a 20 min paddle from one of our favorite Ship Canal put-ins - the 14th ave Boat Ramp - is the Fishermen's Terminal.
The paddle over is really only about 20-30 mins - that gives you time to explore the surrounding area, checking out all of the cool boats and nautical stuff the lines the Lake Washington Ship Canal.
As you approach the Terminal, you'll enter with the lighthouse-ish office straight ahead. To get to the public use dock where you can pull up your kayaks or even dock your sailboat, just head almost all the way to the west until you see the big Fishermen's Terminal sign (pictured below). Head towards that to get your grub on.
A paddle back gives you more time to explore the area - the Fremont bridge and Lake Union to the east and the Locks to the west.
And finally, a parting shot below - captain wifey won't let me get one, but a man can dream (that is in fact a goose shaped dinghy).
~Paul, Amber, Vic, Keith ETC
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