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 the boat launch at WaterFront park in Eagle Harbor at 9am, load our boats with our camping gear, and leave at 10am.

There is a parking fee of $5 per day ($10 total). Please leave time to reparking cars after loading.

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 along the east coast. We will need to cross ferry lanes and other boat traffic several times.

General Itinerary

Day 1 (May 8) Eagle harbor to Brownsville Marina

  1. We will launch from Eagle Harbor public dock (10:00 am) and paddle to Fay Bainbridge Park approximately 6 nautical miles (nm) for a lunch stop, arriving at the park approximately 1230 am for lunch.
  2. We will paddle from Fay Bainbridge Park and paddle to Oldman House State Park, Suquamish, approximately 2.8  nm for a quick break, arriving at the park at approximately 2:45 pm.
  3. 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 knots through Agate Pass, arriving at Brownsville Marina approximately 5 pm.
  4. We will camp overnight at the Brownsville Marina Water Trails site. This site has bathrooms and water, please bring $3.25 pp for the camping fee.

Day 2 (May 9) Brownsville Marina to Eagle harbor

  1. We will launch from Brownsville Marina at 9:00 am and paddle to Point White dock, approximately 3.7 nautical miles, arriving about 10:15 am. We will have quick snack.
  2. We will paddle from Point White Dock to Fort Ward Park, approximately 2.5 nm, arriving approximately 11:30 pm, enjoying an ebb current of 0.5 to 1 knots through Rich Passage. We will have a snack or lunch here.
  3. We will paddle from  Fort Ward Park to Blakely Rock, approximately 3.1 nm, arriving approximately 12:45 pm. We will have a snack or lunch here. If conditions for landing at Blakely Rock are not favorable, we will stop at Rockaway Beach Park instead.
  4. We will paddle from Blakely Rock to Eagle harbor, approximately 2.5 nm, arriving at about 3 pm.

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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