Lake Union

This is a scenic and interesting walk around Seattle’s in-city recreational and industrial Lake Union.  Get upfront and close with everything that floats, from canoes to yachts to houseboats to floatplanes.  The south end of the lake features a growing collection of restaurants, as well as the Center for Wooden Boats and the Museum of History and Industry.  You’ll walk over two drawbridges and along several piers, as well as along an old railroad right-of-way.  And, before you finish, you’ll enjoy the J.P. Patches and Gertrude sculpture.


Distance & Trail Rating:  11K.  Rating:  1A.

Start Location:  Fisheries Supply.  1900 N. Northlake Way, Seattle, WA, 98103 (note:  store actually fronts on N. 34th St.)  Start box is a wood file cabinet just inside the door on your left as you enter.

Start Time:  Walk hours:  daily, dawn to dusk.  Start location hours:  Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Store may be closed on major holidays – call store at (800) 426-6930 to confirm.

Amenites:  Restrooms: Yes  |  Pets: Yes  |  Strollers: Medium  |  Wheelchairs: No

Comments:  No restroom at start location.  Restroom at Gasworks Park near start location.  Otherwise, restrooms available at restaurants along the way.

AVA Special Programs:  Bridges – Spanning the USA, Little Free Libraries, Make a Wish at a Water Fountain, Take a Walk in a City Park, Treasure Hunt, Walking America’s Ports of Call, Walking the Path of Inventions.  New for 2020:  Airports – Celebrating American Flight, Mayflower – 400th Anniversary, Rockin’ Around the Clock.

Washington Challenges:  Whiskey-Vino-Brew:  Vino, Brew.

Driving Directions:  From I-5 NB or SB, take exit 169 “NE 45th St.”  Turn west onto NE 45th St. and then continue to Meridian Ave. N.  Turn left onto Meridian and proceed downhill to N. 34th St.  Fisheries Supply faces 34th.  Turn onto 34th for the best on-street parking.  Please do not park in store lot.

Metro Bus:  Routes 26, 31/32, and 44 serve the neighborhood around Fisheries Supply.  Go online to King County Metro Trip Planner for additional information.

Contact:  Dave Madsen  (206) 789-1960

AVA Walk Sanction Number:  111689-2019 – Y1402

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