Commencement Bay


Sea Kayak - Foss Waterway Park to Dickman Mill Park

Travel down Thea Foss waterway into Commencement bay. This paddle is designed with students in mind.

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  • Sea Kayak II+
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 7.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 10 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: Leisurely

We will meet at Waterway park (formerly known as D st Dock) (paste this in google maps 6HV9+8V Tacoma, Washington ) under the 509 bridge. 2$/hr to park in lot (this is new).

We will meet at 9am and Launch at 930am. This will be a floating dock launch. Pack your lunch we will eat at Dickman Park or  the park by Les Davis pier if there is enough beach.

We will help each other launch from the floating dock. 

Stay aware of boat traffic as this is a busy marina.  We may go as far as Les Davis peir if the tide is low enough to expose the beach; in that case, we need to be aware of fishing lines.

Submerged pilings are a potential hazard at Dickman park landing.


Commencement Bay

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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. Appropriate clothing for the conditions encountered seasonally
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