Estuary Watertrail

Watertrail Development

Snohomish County Parks is developing Snohomish County’s first watertrail, a series of access points and other facilities specifically developed for people in paddle-powered watercraft (canoes and kayaks). Proposed construction includes a parking area and launch site at South Ebey and a launch site at Spencer Island. The watertrail is only 5 minutes from downtown Everett and visible from Interstate 5. Canoers and kayakers throughout the Pacific Northwest will have access to this regional paddle destination through Langus Park and dock at Marine Park.

Watertrail Offerings

The water trail will be a unique place where kayakers and canoeists can explore over 32 miles of shoreline, view abundant wildlife, and paddle safely over calm water. It will allow paddlers to easily and safely access points that are currently hard to reach and allow them to explore the Estuary’s network of sloughs and the Snohomish River. Once fully developed, it will offer:

  • Canoe / kayak-only launch facilities
  • Staging areas
  • Parking
  • Interpretive kiosks
  • Distance and points of interest markers
  • Restrooms

Development Arrested

The project is on hold until parks is able to generate funding. The design needs to be revised to accommodate current needs and type of users. It is important to hear from paddlers, the people who will actually use the water trail. Please let us know what you would like at your water trail by contacting Parks and Recreation.

About the Estuary

The Snohomish River Estuary is a unique place where the nutrient rich waters of the Snohomish River come in contact with the saltwater of Possession Sound. At least 350 different kinds of birds and countless varieties of mammals and plants call this special place home, including blue heron, eagles, osprey, seals, and otter. This exceptional setting provides paddlers and outdoor recreation enthusiasts with an enjoyable and scenic destination.

Additional Information

To make a donation to the Snohomish River Estuary Watertrail, fill out this form and return it to the Snohomish Parks and Recreation department. Get directions to all Snohomish Parks and make a reservation online.