Commencement Bay


Sea Kayak - Commencement Bay

A trip with four Crossings between the land points surrounding the bouy "TC" at the mouth of Commencement Bay.

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  • Sea Kayak II/III
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.0 nm


I expect this sea kayak trip to have this difficulty and these conditions.  View the sea kayak difficulties definitions on the Activity Types page.

  • Difficulty: SK3+
  • Wind: 9nm fetch to the NE
  • Waves: DOW
  • Route: TBA
  • Distance:  13 nm
  • Pace: Moderate +

This paddle will explore the end of the Puget Sound traffic lane near Tacoma by paddling around the points surrounding channel bouy “TC”. Points include Browns Point, Dash Point,  Piner Point, Neill Point , and Point Defiance. This trip will make several crossings in exposed conditions. Participants should be comfortable in wind and waves. Dry suits and the 20 essentials required. VHF radio and tow belt desired. Leader permission required before sign up.

Charts: NOAA Charts 18474, 18448, 18440; SeaTrails #203; Maptech #100


Commencement Bay

  • Sea Trails Vashon Island, Tacoma Narrows to Elliot Bay WA203

    MapTech Oak Bay to Commencement Bay No. 102
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These seven 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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