From high-elevation, pristine waters to salty sea oceans or coastal bays, there is something to be said about kayaking Washington State. From the extreme (like barreling down the 189-foot descent at Palouse Falls) to the serene (like drifting aimlessly out on Lake Terrell), you can throw your cares into the water in Washington. You can daydream quietly while floating through hundreds of miles of scenic vistas, “Go-Pro” your heart out on a swift whitewater rapid run or chart a course out to sea.
Rock Island’s Jackson family, known as the “first family of kayaking,” has become a mainstay in the sport. The family’s patriarch, Eric Jackson, has won world championships, participated in Olympic games and started his own kayak manufacturing company all while watching his own children, Emily and Dane, also reach similar success in the sport.