Nestled along the serene shores of Lake Washington, Bellevue, boasts an astonishing array of outdoor activities that will captivate your senses. Picture yourself gliding across the water, surrounded by lush greenery and the gentle lapping of waves against your kayak or paddleboard. At the heart of this watery paradise lie two exceptional REI boathouses - Meydenbauer Bay Boathouse and Enatai Beach Park Boathouse - offering adventure-seekers the chance to immerse themselves in nature while learning new skills and making lasting memories.
REI: A Trusted Outdoor Companion
Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), established in 1938, is a renowned outdoor retail cooperative dedicated to providing top-quality products, services, and experiences for those who share a passion for the great outdoors. The REI boathouses in Bellevue exemplify this commitment, offering an unparalleled experience for water enthusiasts of all levels.
A World of Aquatic Adventures at the REI Boathouses
Imagine the sun's warm rays on your skin as you embark on an unforgettable journey at one of REI's boathouses. From the tranquil waters of Meydenbauer Bay Park to the picturesque surroundings of Enatai Beach Park, each location presents unique opportunities for both beginners and experienced adventurers alike. Kayaking and paddleboarding lessons, equipment rentals, and curated trips will ignite your love for the water and create memories that last a lifetime.
Meydenbauer Bay Boathouse: A Gem by the Water
Tucked within the serene Meydenbauer Bay Park, the REI Meydenbauer Bay Boathouse is a treasure trove for those seeking adventure and tranquility. Open from 10 am to 8 pm PT on weekends from May 12-21 and Thursdays to Sundays starting May 25, the boathouse offers easy access to the calm waters of the bay. Indulge in a day of water exploration, then relax on the park's sandy beach or share a meal at one of the picturesque picnic spots.
Enatai Beach Park Boathouse: Nature's Playground
Embrace the beauty of nature at the REI Enatai Beach Park Boathouse, your gateway to the enchanting Lake Washington and Mercer Slough. Open seasonally from spring to fall, with varying hours, this boathouse invites you to explore the majestic surroundings and take in the breathtaking views.
Check out our outdoor and adventure travel ambassador, Kara, on The Vue as she kayaks her way through the Mercer Slough.
Unforgettable Experiences Await at the Boathouses
Embark on a journey that will leave you inspired and invigorated. Discover the joys of stand-up paddleboarding in a beginner-friendly class, or greet the day with a sunrise kayak tour on the peaceful waters of Lake Washington. Embrace the magic of the night as you paddle under a sky painted with the vibrant hues of the setting sun, or delve into the hidden world of Mercer Slough Nature Park, where wildlife thrives in the quiet corners of the urban jungle.
Exciting Classes and Tours at the Boathouses| Spring/Summer 2023
Learn to Stand Up Paddleboard Class: This beginner-friendly class covers the basics of paddleboarding, including essential gear, safety concepts, and paddle strokes.
First Light Kayak Tour on Lake Washington: Experience the serenity of a sunrise kayak tour, taking in the stunning views of the Issaquah Alps, Cascade Mountains, and, on a clear day, the majestic Mt. Rainier.
City Lights Kayak Tour on Lake Washington: Add a touch of excitement to your evening with a sunset kayak tour, witnessing the beautiful Seattle skyline as the sun sets and city lights illuminate the night.
Urban Wetlands Kayak Tour: Embark on a three-hour kayak tour exploring the thriving ecosystem of Lake Washington's Mercer Slough Nature Park, home to waterfowl, muskrats, frogs, and the elusive Western Pond Turtle.
Your Bellevue Adventure Begins Today
Don't let these once-in-a-lifetime experiences slip through your fingers. Dive into the world of aquatic adventures at the REI Boathouses of Bellevue and create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you're a seasoned water sports enthusiast or just starting your journey, Bellevue's freshwater wonderland is the perfect destination to immerse yourself in the great outdoors. Discover the magic of Bellevue today – your adventure awaits! Check out rates for your next visit and book a relaxing stay in Bellevue, WA.