- 2017 is the 20th year Cascade PaddleSports has served our community at Enatai Beach Park. It’s a beautiful location on the east shore of mid-Lake Washington.
- Mercer Slough Nature Park
- After a short paddle you can find yourself in the calm and protected waters of the Mercer Slough Nature Park, the largest remaining wetlands on Lake Washington. The water channel guides you through a lush forest with aquatic iris, water lilies, and several varieties of berries, turtles, Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, Black Birds, Swallows, Osprey and Bald Eagles. Please leave the flowers for others to enjoy and minimize disturbing wildlife. The waterway winds through the heart of the park, and is protected from the wind. Only human powered craft are allowed in most of the park, so it’s quiet and peaceful – a great place for novice paddlers and families to explore!
- Lake Washington
- Enjoy beautiful views of Lake Washington, Mount Rainier, Bellevue and Mercer Island and waterfront homes. Eagles and Osprey search the waters for meals, turtles sun themselves on logs and rocks, and occasionally we see river otters. Waterfront homes range from modest to magnificent on both Bellevue and Mercer Island. Great paddling destinations for a picnic are Luther Burbank Park on the north tip of Mercer Island, Clyde Beach Park in Meydenbauer Bay to the north in Bellevue, and Newcastle Beach Park to the south, also in Bellevue. While there is a fair amount of boat traffic through the East Channel between Mercer Island and Enatai, it is quite modest compared to other areas of the lake. Stay near shore, when you cross the lake, do so quickly and directly. As with all boating, you make boating safe.
- The lake is the largest in King County and second largest in Washington State. A ribbon lake, Lake Washington is long, narrow and finger-like, excavated by glaciers about 10,000 years ago. As the Puget lobe of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet flowed south near the end of the Late Pleistocene, it met bands of harder and softer rock. Erosion of the softer rock was faster and a linear depression was created in the flow direction. When the glacier melted, the lake filled with the meltwater, which was retained by moraine deposits (earth pushed to the side), seen as todays surrounding hills. The original natural inlet to Lake Washington is the Sammamish River in the north. The Cedar River in the south has been diverted as a second inlet to Lake Washington, while the Montlake Cut in Seattle is now the man-made outflow.
- The lake provides great sport fishing opportunities. Some species found in this lake are Coastal Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, and Black Crappie.