Budd Inlet


Sea Kayak - Budd Inlet

Wednesday evening paddle out of Swantown Marina, Olympia, WA. This will be a special solstice paddle!! NOTE: This trip was originally posted out of Boston Harbor, but the boat launch area is under construction, so the launch site has been changed. PLEASE READ LEADER NOTES!!

  • Sea Kayak II/III
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 8.0 nm
  • Pace: 2.5-3.0 mph

Swantown Marina, Olympia, WA. The boat launch off of Marine View Drive. 

47.057578, -122.899194

Kayaks launching from the floats or dock do not need to pay a fee. However, this is an active boat launch site so it's important to stay out of the way of vehicles launching boats. 

This will be a somewhat rare event for Wednesday paddles, because it coincides with the summer solstice. Lots of daylight so plan on a longer evening to maximize fun. Registration/sign up is required. Registration will remain open until 3PM, June 21.

Participants need to be prepared to launch at 6PM (Boats on the water!) We will conduct a short pre-trip meeting just prior.

Sunset 9:10PM. Civil End 9:50PM. 

Route will be determined at the launch and designed for the group and weather/water conditions. Please know the goal is to manage the trip at the SK2-3 level, but the nature of this weekly trip series, and weather, is unpredictable. Participants need to assess their own comfort level and pay attention to wind levels the day of the trip. If it's very windy we will avoid as much as possible, but there are limited options because we are launching from the extreme south end of Budd Inlet. 

Call/text or email leader, Ron Jones 360.359.3395, explorer.ron@gmail.com with any questions. Last minute inquiries may not get a response.

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. Appropriate clothing for the conditions encountered seasonally
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