Explore the beautiful Mercer Slough Nature Park by water with Bellevue Park Rangers. The rangers lead 3-hour canoe trips during summer.
Canoe tours leave from , starting from Enatai Beach Park. Enatai is conveniently located just off I-405 and I-90.
During the guided canoe tour, you will learn about the multiple benefits derived from the City of Bellevue’s second largest park.
About Mercer Slough Nature Park
Located just minutes from downtown Bellevue, Enatai Park is the largest of Lake Washington’s remaining fresh water wetlands. It is one of the city of Bellevue’s largest parks, with over 320 acres of wildlife habitat, agriculture, and freshwater wetlands.
Mercer Slough Nature Park has over seven miles of walking trails, plus picnic areas, a waterfront area along Lake Washington, a canoe launch, blueberry farm, restrooms, and visitors center (open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
The Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center works in partnership with the Seattle Pacific Science Center. The Education Center focuses learning opportunities about freshwater wetland ecology through its programs for adults, youth, and families.
The blueberry farm sells fresh seasonal produce in season.
The beautifully restored historic Winters House is Bellevue’s only public building on the National Historic Register. The site is available for meeting and event rentals.
Canoe tour through Mercer Slough
As you paddle into the heart of this 320 acre wetland, you’ll see how this amazing ecosystem functions. With a little luck you may catch a glimpse of the otters, herons, turtles and other wildlife of Mercer Slough.
As of May 18, 2020 there are no dates listed in the for guided canoe trips.
- When: most Saturdays and some Sundays, Memorial Day to Labor Day. Tours last from 8:45a.m. – 12:00 noon. (*except Seafair Weekend, the first weekend in August.)
- Where: In southwest Bellevue at Enatai Beach Park, 3519 108th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98004 (see map below).
- Cost: $16 (Bellevue resident); $18 (Non- Bellevue resident).
- Previous canoe experience is required. Contact the ranger with questions at 425-452-2565.
- Pre-registration is required. Visit at Bellevue Parks website, pick a date and register. (Search on the keyword “canoe” for a list of available dates). These tours fill up, so register soon to get a spot. For more info, read the Canoe Trip brochure.
If you can’t get in this year, try a free Ranger Walk on selected Sundays at 2 p.m. For a list of available dates and locations, search on the words “ranger walk” at https://register.bellevuewa.gov/php/onlinereg/#/bvuewa/programs.
Or, explore the park on your own. For information visit the Mercer Slough park website.
Local artists display their art inside the Visitor Center at Mercer Slough. Exhibits are curated by the Eastside Association of Fine Arts. For more information, visit the Mercer Slough Education Center website.