Sea Kayak - Dyes Inlet


Sea Kayak - Dyes Inlet

The Chum are running! Let's go watch!

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  • Sea Kayak II+
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 8.0 nm

Chico Boat Ramp at 9:30am. 

If coming from either the north or south Hwy 3, get off at Chico exit. Drive north 1/2 mile until you see Simply Sublime expresso on the west side of the street. Turn E. onto Meredith St.  Address for your GPS: 4530 NW Meredith St, Bremerton. Parking is limited, and if needed we may have to repark a few cars a block away. Bathroom use ok'd at the Sublime Expresso, just before we launch, and we'll stop there for coffee afterwards.

I expect this sea kayak trip to have this difficulty and plan to paddle in up to these conditions (view the sea kayak difficulties definitions on our Activity Types, Difficulties & Prerequisites page):

  • Difficulty:  SKII+
  • Wind: <12 kts
  • Waves:  <2ft
  • Currents:  <0.6 kts
  • Distance:  8nm
  • Pace:  moderate

Immersion wear required. Bring Lunch.

We'll launch and go counterclockwise, so we'll get to Chico Creek Estuary fairly quickly. Expect to see Chum Salmon jumping and fishermen flogging the water. After viewing, we'll continue on around the Inlet. Lunch along the way on the beach. Following the paddle we'll have a quick coffee, then go by car to the mouth where we should find recent rock paintings by local artists commemorating the salmon run. 

Recent newspaper paragraph about the paintings:

The Washington State University Extension, which organizes the free tours with a host of other organizations, enlisted the Kitsap Rocks group to add a splash of color to this year's event. Volunteer artists painted nature-inspired designs onto nearly 200 rocks that will be tucked around Chico Salmon Viewing Park for visitors to find. "When they come to the salmon tour they may be surprised with a treasure," Cathy Tomko with Kitsap Rocks said. Some of the painted rocks depict salmon and the salmon life cycle


Dyes Inlet

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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