Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the FHA Board has taken the difficult decision to postpone this year’s tour. The next floating homes tour will take place on Sunday, September 11th, 2022 from noon to 5 p.m. and will feature homes on Eastlake and Westlake. Tickets will go on sale in July 2022. Follow us on our FHA Facebook Page for updates. 

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Seattle Floating Homes Association and its mission to protect, preserve and promote the vitality of Seattle’s historic floating homes community through education, advocacy, environmental stewardship, and collaboration. Follow us on our FHA Facebook Page for updates. Please email contact@seattlefloatinghomes.org if you have any questions.

About the Seattle Floating Home Community

The Seattle Floating Home community represents a unique way of life, balancing urban living with nature.  The community began as low-cost housing for loggers, fishermen and boat builders working on the lake and became a colorful gathering of bootleggers and dime-a-dance halls during the Prohibition Era. As the Great Depression arrived, the community attracted the independent and resourceful homeless looking for a place to survive.  Eventually, it evolved into a community of artists, students and a more bohemian culture with over 2000 rag-tag floating shacks in the 1960s.  The community now holds only 500 floating homes and attracts a diverse group of water-lovers who cherish life in natural habitat and protect it as stewards of the lake.  Today, the docks also provide a sanctuary for wildlife such as beaver, otters, eagles and blue herons that are no longer found in other metropolitan areas of this size.  It is a special habitat where people and wildlife co-exist peacefully in the middle of a major city, a badge of honor that Seattle proudly wears.