Sea Kayak - Commencement Bay


Sea Kayak - Commencement Bay

Let's go watch the Tacoma Lighted Boat Parade along Ruston Way.

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  • Sea Kayak II/III
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 1 kts
  • Pace: 3

We will meet at Chinese Reconciliation Park at 5 PM. We cannot park at this park after dark, so we will drop our boats and gear off at the parking lot and park our cars outside of the park on 30th St, McCarver St, or Starr St. Someone will be there to keep an eye on the boats. Please bring a set of wheels for your boat, as we still have a walk to the water from the parking lot. I intend to launch at 5:45 PM.

This is a night paddle from Chinese Reconciliation Park. We’ll leave at 5:45 PM and return about 9 PM.

Each kayak needs a white light which can be seen up to 2 nm either mounted on your boat or at hand. But don't stop there! Christmas lights and decorations on your boat are highly desired.

Expect mid-December weather and conditions to include 1 – 2 foot waves, winds 10 -15 kts, and temperature in the high 30’s.

We will stop at a beach with no improvements to watch for a while, so a chair may be desired. Hot stuff in a thermos is recommended.


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 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 Suits are required for this paddle.
  9. A white light which can be seen  up to 2 nm mounted on your boat or at hand.
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