Eld Inlet


Sea Kayak - Eld Inlet

Explore Eld Inlet at 13 ft tide height, including wildlife, protected and restored shorelines, tidal exchange. We will launch at 10 a.m. from commercial launch.

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  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.5 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 12 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: 3 kt

SK II-III depending upon conditions.  

The plan is to meet at commercial boat launch around 9:00 a.m. ready to launch at 10:00 a.m.     From Hwy 101 take Hunter Point / Steamboat Island exit and drive north 1.1 miles on Steamboat Island Rd NW.  Turn R. on Gravelly Beach Rd NW, go 1.6 miles to  Gravelly Beach Loop Rd and turn R.   In 0.6 miles you will reach a sign and short driveway to the boat ramp on your right.  There is very limited parking, and a small launch/parking fee.   (the alternative is a  long carry at Frye County Park).     There are 2 portable bathrooms at the launch.  

 This trip is expected to count towards the Olympia Mountaineers Inlets award, Eld Inlet.




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:   SK II-III
  • Wind:   12 kt
  • Waves:   2 ft
  • Currents:   2 kt
  • Distance:  8-9 nm
  • Pace:   3 kt

The plan is to explore the southern part of Eld Inlet, as conditions allow.

Leader's permission is required to sign up. 

snowandrock@earthlink.net or 206 650 7929

Dry suits required.

Optional resources:

Google:    Randall Preserve for more info. on Capitol Land Trust, Randall Preserve and Allison Springs.

Google:  Squaxin museum to read about water people history and artifacts from Eld Inlet.


Eld 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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