Launching the Coast Salish s.dəxʷìł canoe

In the 1800s, we could have paddled down the Green River, to the Black River and then to Lake Washington and the UW campus area. Since the lowering of Lake Washington in 1916, the Black River no longer exists, so our crew made an overland portage (by truck) to the shores of Lake Washington, then paddled north to Union Bay.

The s.dəxʷìł handled beautifully. Stable and fast, it did well with one or two paddlers. Its rounded stern hull shape is ideal for river currents, and its high bow can take waves and keep occupants and cargo dry. This was tested in day two, when Seattle’s notorious fickle early summer weather gave us a torrential rain and a strong south wind for the lake part of the trip.

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