Mercer Slough Nature Park
Mercer Slough Nature Park
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Joan G
Mercer Island, WA96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Part of the family rented canoes from Enatai Beach Park and proceeded though the calm waterways. Lots of colorful birds, including osprey, and a few amphibians. The senior members walked on a boardwalk trail to meet the boaters at what was once a blueberry farm , now a park filled with ripe delicious fruit, free for the picking. Bring buckets and mosquito repellant. Good family outing.
Written July 15, 2023
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ThomasT
Bellevue, WA30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Family
A couple of different loop paths make for peaceful walking by big trees, streams, sucks, and ruins of old buildings. You can check out the u-pick blueberries, and the on-site fresh produce stand is a must-do during the summer months.
Written January 22, 2018
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Eicee
Bellevue, WA26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad place to walk. But it’s a lot better to paddle through in a canoe or a kayak. You can rent these at Enatai beach (should be easy enough to find on the map, right underneath the I-90 bridge between Bellevue and Mercer Island), starting from $15 for the first hour and $5 for each additional hour. And if you have your own it’s even better. You can launch from Enatai park or a little access point on Bellevue Way, at the entry to I-90.

Before you leave, take a look at the map of the slough: it looks a bit like a “9”. You really have to do the loop part of the “9”. That’s where you will zigzag between water lilies, spot a couple of herons, that might even take off in a spectacular fashion right in front of you, observe some turtles trying to catch some sun on water logs, see fish splashing in and out of the water. According to the friendly paddlers we met on the way, seeing all that was a common occurrence.

My wife and I took 2 hours to do the full loop at a very leisurely pace, and we are not exactly in the league of Olympic paddlers. We met quite a few families on the way, with small kids in canoes. Even if you have never been in a canoe or kayak before, this place is perfect, as there are no motorized boats creating waves around you.
Written August 27, 2012
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C L
Seattle, WA107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Friends
This place is very quiet and wild which is unbelievably located in the middle of the busy city Bellevue. Boating is good for the summer; It is a place with many paths for walking and jogging, it is good all year long. There is a blueberry farm on the side, very happy to see it surviving the big city expansion.
The culture/visitors center was on the side which was blocked by construction when I was there, not easy to get to it.
We parked on the other side of the park which has a couple of small parking lots.
Because it is a nature preserve, a lot of trees, it is a great exercise place for summer. But I would not suggest a single lady go there after dark.
Written March 17, 2019
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65Marilyn2016
Bellevue, WA57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
The Mercer Slough Nature Park offers people a beautiful escape, minutes from the bustle of Downtown Bellevue! Whether you choose to walk the trails, canoe, kayak, or pick berries-ALL are possible in this gorgeous park.
Written March 16, 2016
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Kayakerjim
102 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
This place is truly amazing! It is five minutes from downtown Bellevue but you would never know it. It seems like an island of trees, bushes, turtles, Great Blue Herons, so quiet and peaceful. There are trails to walk, but what's so fantastic is the water. No power allowed other than human, so no motorboats. It is an excellent place to take people new to kayaking or canoeing. No wakes or waves, just calm flat water. I've taken several people there who've never been in a kayak before and they immediately relax and watch the wildlife. It's so shallow that people realize that even if they have any kind of problem they can almost walk to the shore. It's also a loop, so you don't have to worry about turning a kayak or canoe around.
There is a place to rent canoes and kayaks very close, just a couple minutes of paddling and you're in the slough. It's great for kids - lots to watch.
Written February 2, 2016
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Ken D
Bangkok, Thailand273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Business
In south Bellevue, in startling serenity between I-90 and I-405 visitors find well-tended paths for hiking and jogging that surround one of Bellevue's finest blueberry bogs. Kayaks and canoes travel the waterways created when the Mountlake cut connecting Lake Union and Lake Washington lowered the water levels. Park at the Bellevue South park 'n ride or better yet just north of that at the Winters' House historical museum which houses some fine memories of Bellevue's beginning (at least in settlement terms) following the civil war. There is a farmer's market just to the north of the Winters' House with fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables and some flowers; you can also pick your own blueberries in season (usually June through September).
Written November 5, 2012
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Robert S
Lawrence, KS2,775 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
This is a wonderful natural oasis amid this huge urban area. They have great walking trails - bring bug repellent.
There are picnic areas, a canoe launch, a blueberry farm, an historic building, and free ranger led walks.
They also have great youth/community programs at their Environmental Education Center in cooperation with the Pacific Science Center.
Great outdoors experience!
Written June 27, 2018
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Cathy H
Orlando, FL1,433 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Located right in Bellevue, Mercer Slough is a terrific place to go kayaking. The area is filled with birds and wildlife to enjoy. Kayak rentals are easy to get and affordable.
Written July 24, 2017
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MLP3151
Bellevue, WA30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Solo
The Slough is a beautiful place to walk or run...Most anytime of year. I try not to go a day after big rain. But other times are perfect. So close to town but tucked away to make you feel like you have traveled for miles. An easy walk on your lunch hour to escape the city.
The scenery changes by season and makes your journey seem like a new destination. Also a great place to take visitors. Never crowded and always refreshing.
Written March 13, 2017
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