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PostThu Nov 07, 2019 2:13 pm 
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I started at Bothell Landing park yesterday afternoon, pulling my canoe on the trail using wheels. From the looks I got people seemed surprised to see a boat on a RIVER trail. Go figure...


I pulled the boat for a few miles, maybe two or three, over to Wilmot Gateway park in Woodinville.


After spending several minutes scraping goose poop off my canoe wheels and sneaker bottoms, I launched into the Sammamish River.


I saw lots of wildlife, several species of ducks, the pooping geese, herons, and beavers. There is even one short section of class 1 rapids, a little scary as some rocks are barely submerged in the opaque black water.

Too bad the “live” feature on the pics won’t work for viewers here, the swimming ducks and herons taking flight with an annoyed squawk are pretty cool.


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PostThu Nov 07, 2019 7:42 pm 
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A very underrated paddle in my opinion. I don't know why folks don't take advantage.

Been many, many times and frequently have had the entire slough all to ourselves

http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8025805

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PostThu Nov 07, 2019 9:49 pm 
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Hey, that’s cool, I’ve never done the upper portion, it does look nicer and less surrounded by houses and bordered by highways.

I think I will give it a try though. I will start at 60 Acres and head upstream.

Whenever I see the 5 mph signs it cracks me up to think they used to race hydros at 100 mph plus on the  river, only stopping after one year a wayward boat ended the career but not the life of a UW pole vaulter.

http://www.redmondhistoricalsociety.org/RHS/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=520:historic-sammamish-river-boat-races

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PostThu Nov 07, 2019 11:15 pm 
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We once were in a canoe race there and got a trophy (we were the only boat in our class lol.gif ). There were some pros who were on the Canadian Team, I could have swore they had a motor hidden somewhere. Faster than 5 mph. Fun when the salmon are running to Lake Sammamish.

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PostFri Nov 08, 2019 12:04 pm 
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cool. up.gif

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PostFri Nov 08, 2019 2:10 pm 
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Hoe far does that trail go Sluggo?

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PostFri Nov 08, 2019 2:31 pm 
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It runs all the way to Marymoor park, about ten miles. It connects to the Burke Gilman trail so a person can do about 25 miles each way,  nice and flat, lots of parks to stop at along the way, never have to ride with cars, just some street crossings that require caution. The whole 25 miles can also be canoed or kayaked. I might have to try that in my motorized canoe, start just north of the dam on the Sammamish river at Marymoor, go all the way to the Ballard locks.

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PostFri Nov 08, 2019 2:47 pm 
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The trail itself is way overcrowded especially near the  wineries on anything but a rainy weekday. Not good for bikers because of the walkers, skaters, and runners and not good for them because of the bikers some of which seem to be practicing for the Tour in pacelines. The slough is blissfully lonely.

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PostSat Nov 09, 2019 9:30 am 
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I used to live near Marymore Park.  My first canoe experience was practicing on the Sammamish for a Run Row  Ride race in Duval.  Not as easy as it looks.

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PostSat Nov 09, 2019 10:06 am 
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That slough is fun a trip! Last time I kayaked up it, a friend got tipped in while mooring near Woodinville... And from the smell I wouldn't swim in it wink.gif

I can't believe they used to race on it. Cool history tidbit.
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PostSat Nov 09, 2019 12:10 pm 
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Earlier this year, during a low flow time, I went upstream from the boat launch at the mouth of the river in my motorized canoe, to see how far I could go. I tried to make it up the rapids that are just before  Wilmot Gateway. The water was fast but not too fast, but it was too shallow. My motor only needs about one foot deep of water but it was bottoming out on the rocks. I had to abort and do a u-turn while also shutting off and pulling up the motor, and it was a moment of sheer terror before I was safely headed downstream.

Now I want to return in the paddling canoe and try it. The problem won’t be bottoming out, and the paddling canoe turns easily and can handle rapids up to class 2 easily, but I am not sure I can paddle fast enough for long enough to get past the fast flowing section.

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