outdoor northwest

Outdoor northwest

Our Hours December through March
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Wed through Sunday: 11-5
Last reservation 3pm
We will be closing for Christmas, exact dates to be determined.

Rental reservations are required. Voicemail reservations are not accepted, you must talk to us for a confirmed reservation.Give us a call, 206-281-9694. We are taking reservations on the hour or half hour for groups of 1-5 people, no more than that allowed.

Paddlers under 18 must be with a parent or legal guardian, and anyone under 16 must be in a boat or on a board with a parent or legal guardian (that does not mean a brother or sister)

Its great to be here to welcome you back!


Reservations will be in limited numbers for now to avoid crowding on the dock.
We will need to know when you will be here, how long you will be renting for, and what you need in singles, doubles, triples, or SUPs.
All paddles, life jackets, and kayaks are cleaned after each use. Everyone will be wearing masks. We are looking forward to seeing you, but if you have any symptoms of illness we ask that you stay home.

You may now purchase items in our store!

We have lifejackets, and some new touring paddles in stock! Kialoa Deschutes Paddles from Werner Paddles.
Call or email if you have any specific kayak, paddle, pfd, skirt, or other gear you want to buy now.

Werner Paddles are backordered, but we do have some in stock. Delta Kayaks will be available early November.

Orders for what we don’t have here are subject to our suppliers resuming shipping, and their production schedules.

-NEW boats in stock
-Here is a link to our retail prices and specs for new kayaks
Don’t forget our everyday deal: buy a boat from us, and you get 15% off all your accessories for 6 months!


WE HAVE E-GIFTCARDS AVAILABLE! Have one emailed, or sent by text to yourself or others.
Buy a $100 gift card for $75
Buy a $75 gift card for $60
Buy a $50 gift card for $40
Buy a $25 gift card for $20
Discount will be applied automatically ONLY FOR THESE AMOUNTS at checkout when you choose a $100, $75, $50, or $25 card.
Offer good through June.
Thank you for supporting local business!

We have most of the Delta Kayaks line to demo, from

12′ 10″ to 17′ single, 17.5′ and 20′ tandem touring boats, to the shorter Delta 12AR , a 12′ boat with a large cockpit for easy entry and exit at 42#, and the Delta 10AR at 37#, both thermoformed models.

Due to the manufacturing shutdown this spring, our suppliers of boats and paddles are way behind on production. Kayaks can take 1-2 months, paddles are now 3 months for a special order, or for anything we don’t have in stock.

Looking for something to store and/or lockup your kayak or board?
Don’t forget our everyday deal: buy a boat/board from us, and you get 15% off all your accessories for 6 months!

Yearly Rental Pass NOW for Kayaks AND SUPs! For those of you who want to paddle often, without the hassle of hauling your boat or Standup Paddleboard around (or even owning one!)

Lots of the parking on Westlake Ave N is now metered from 9am to 4pm Mon-Friday only. All the parking facing the street is all day paid for $.75/hour, do not hit Max Time or you will be charged for 3 days!! Most parking facing the Lake is 2-hour max paid parking. Paid parking ends at McGraw street north of us, but note the permit parking restrictions.

The #40 bus stops out front from both directions. There’s always Uber or Lyft for inexpensive rides in the city.
Here are some suggested routes to get to NWOC .
Bus Directions
Metro #40 Route serving Westlake Ave North

From UW, or Burke Gillman (Bus, walking or bike): The #32 takes you to Fremont, where you can walk south over the bridge, or take the #40 bus, which stops in front of our shop. The Burke Gillman Trail will take you over the Fremont Bridge. After you cross the bridge, the safest way to go is on the new cycle track on the left (east) side. Driving, go West on 45th or 50th to Stone Way, South on Stone to 34th, right on 34th, take a left (South) on Fremont Ave, over the Fremont Bridge, left on Westlake just after the bridge. Go about a mile to the 1st stoplight, turn left into parking lot. We are below Seattle Changing Room, and Julie’s Landing, which has a clocktower with a flag

The Arboretum is closed again!

Here is a PDF of our Lake Union and Lake Washington maps.

The Cascadia Marine trail is a local treasure, here is a PDF of the sites along the trail .

Our kayaks and boards are not allowed through the Ballard Locks.

Kayak lessons, rentals, kayak sales, gear, online sales and mail order kayak gear on Lake Union near downtown Seattle. Established 1980. Paddling in and around Seattle, Lake Washington, Lake Union, Puget Sound & San Juan Islands

Pacific Northwest Summers: Top 11 Outdoor Destinations in Oregon & Southwest Washington

There’s no better place for outdoor enthusiasts than the Pacific Northwest in summer. You can’t throw a pinecone without hitting a campground, hiking trail, waterfall or some other stunning natural feature.

With so many activities to choose from, it’s no wonder National Geographic named Portland, Oregon, one of the nation’s top five adventure cities. Here’s a look at 11 outdoor activities residents of Oregon and southwest Washington get to regularly enjoy:

  1. Beachcomb on the Oregon coast.

From the famous shipwreck ruins at Fort Stevens to the rolling dunes of Coos Bay, all 363 miles of Oregon’s surf-pounded coastline are yours to explore. You’ll discover an abundance of forested parks, historic lighthouses, family-friendly festivals and whale-watching opportunities throughout the summer.

  1. Explore Washington’s old-growth forests.

Amble in the shade of 1,000-year-old trees and marvel at the beauty of an alpine wilderness at Mount Rainier National Park. With hot springs, 25 major glaciers, and opportunities for wilderness hiking and backcountry camping, the park draws more than two million outdoor enthusiasts each year.

  1. Drive the Columbia River Gorge.

Take the scenic route along North America’s second-longest river, where waterfalls, breathtaking vistas and historic landmarks greet you around every curve. Visitors can stand in the spray of Multnomah Falls’ 611-foot icy cascade, watch the sun set over a full-scale replica of Stonehenge, and use the picturesque town of Hood River as a launch pad for windsurfing, kayaking or boating.

  1. Climb an active volcano.

More than 30 years after the devastating eruption, the wildlife around Mount St. Helens has slowly begun to bounce back. Investigate the blast zone’s standing dead forest and log-choked lake, or marvel at the pristine beauty of the mountain’s largely untouched south side.

  1. Tour Willamette Valley wineries.

Sip world-class pinot noir while watching the sun drench the rolling hills of Oregon’s finest vineyards. More than 400 wineries dot the Willamette Valley countryside, each more charming than the last.

  1. Hike the Pacific Crest Trail.

Hard-core and casual hikers alike can get a taste of the Pacific Crest Trail. Pick it up where it crosses the White Pass Scenic Byway in southwest Washington for an afternoon jaunt or a days-long excursion through some of the nation’s most dramatic scenery.

  1. Stroll through the Oregon Garden.

Soak in the botanical beauty of the Pacific Northwest at the 80-acre Oregon Garden. Designed to recycle water from the town of Silverton, the site delights visitors with its innovative specialty gardens, including a circular water garden and a therapeutic sensory garden.

  1. Sail to the San Juan Islands.

Like a string of jewels dropped in the Pacific Ocean, this stunning archipelago offers unparalleled opportunities for wildlife watching. Just a ferry ride away from northwest Washington, it’s one of Lonely Planet’s top Northwest destinations.

  1. Soak in a hot springs.

Let your stress drain away at Oregon’s beloved Bagby Hot Springs. Open 24 hours a day, the 136-degree soaking tubs are located at the end of a 1.5-mile hike through old-growth forest.

  1. Get a whitewater adrenaline rush.

Navigate the rapids of the Deschutes River to see why Discovery News named it the best U.S. destination for whitewater rafting.

  1. Relax in a city park.

You don’t have to go far to enjoy the outdoors. Most Northwest cities offer incredible parks right within their city limits. Bush’s Pasture Park in Salem, for example, provides more than 90 acres of bike paths, gardens, tennis courts, playgrounds and more—all right downtown.

Explore all OR & WA have to offer in the best months of the year, summer! Check out these top 11 destinations to visit this year with family or friends.