Bainbridge Island Circumnavigation


Sea Kayak - Bainbridge Island Circumnavigation

Counter-clockwise circumnavigation of Bainbridge island over 2 days. We will spend the night at the water trails site at Manchester State Park.

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  • Sat, May 8, 2021 — Sun, May 9, 2021
  • Seattle Sea Kayaking
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Adults
  • Sea Kayak III+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 25.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 3 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 3.5 kts
  • Pace: 2.5 knots

We will meet at Fay Bainbridge park at 9am, load our boats with our camping gear, and leave at 10am.

Fay Bainbridge is a county park so a discover pass is not required. There may be park specific parking or launch fees. I'll follow up with details before the start of the trip.

This is a mentored paddle with Ed leading under the mentorship of Linda.

This trip is has currents in Agate pass and Rich Passage, up to 3.5 knots. And there is a large fetch for wind to build waves on the second day. We will need to cross ferry lanes and other boat traffic several times.

General Itinerary

Day 1 (May 8) Fay Bainbridge Park to Manchester State Park

1. We will launch from Fay Bainbridge Park(10:00 am) and paddle to Oldman House State Park, Suquamish, approximately 2.8 nautical miles (nm) for a brief lunch/snack stop, arriving at the park approximately 1115 am.

2. We will paddle from Old Man House State Park to Brownsville Marina, approximately 5 nm. We will enjoy a flood current ride up to 2.4 knots through Agate Pass, arriving at Brownsville Marina approximately 1:30 pm. We will have lunch.

3. We will paddle from Brownsville Marina to Illahee State Park, approximately 3.8 nm, arriving at the Park approximately 4:00 pm.

4. We will paddle from Illahee State Park to Manchester State Park, approximately 3.2 nm, arriving approximately 6:00 pm, enjoying an ebb current of 0.5 to 1 knots through Rich Passage.

5. We will camp overnight at the Washington Water Trails campsite at Manchester State Park. (Bring $2-3 for campsite fees, and a couple more for shower token if desired)

Day 2 (May 9) Manchester State Park to Fay Bainbridge Municipal Park

1. We will launch from Manchester State Park at 9:00 am and paddle to Prichard Municipal Park, Bainbridge Island, approximately 5.5 nautical miles, arriving about 11:00 am. We will have lunch or a snack.

2. We will continue from Prichard Park to Fay Bainbridge State Park, approximately 5.9 nm, arriving back by about 3:00 pm.

Manchester state park has some interesting history to explore, the former torpedo warehouse, built in 1901, still stands in the park. It was later an officer’s club, a barracks and a mess hall, and is now a picnic shelter in the day-use area. The small concrete building east of the torpedo warehouse was originally used as a mining casement, and later for coal storage.

Bainbridge Island Circumnavigation

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These eight essentials plus The Ten Essentials are required on all sea kayaking trips.  All but the whistle and clothing should be provided with any kayak rental.

  1. Floatation in both ends of the kayak
  2. U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  3. Paddle
  4. Spray skirt
  5. Bilge pump with floatation
  6. Self-rescue paddle float
  7. Waterproof whistle
  8. Dry Suit and appropriate clothing for the conditions encountered seasonally
  9. Camping Gear
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