Carr Inlet


Sea Kayak - Henderson Bay

Tacoma Branch Basic Sea Kayak Student Paddle: Purdy boat launch to Cutts Island and back

  • Sea Kayak III
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 10.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 12 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Pace: 2.5 nm/hr

Meeting at Purdy Boat Launch (end of Purdy Bridge) at 8 am

Launching at 9am

Limited parking at boat launch requires unloading boat and moving cars to the parking lot across the road from the launch.  The road is VERY  busy, there is  a crosswalk but be very careful.

LOADING INSTRUCTIONS: Do not park in the area marked "NO PARKING". There are only 3 or 4 parking slots. Take down your boat and gear as rapidly as possible and move your car across the road to the parking area.  Do your final dressing and outfitting over there.   This will allow everyone to unload without a traffic jam in the boat launch. If  possible help others to speed this process up. We will take turns going for cars to load up boats and gear when we return.


Porta potty available.

This is an easy student paddle to Cutt's Island with a circumnavigation of Raft Island on the return if conditions permit.  We will have a lunch break on Cutt's. We should be back by 3 pm.

Rescues will be practiced on the return leg of the trip.

Boats are not available at the site. If you don't have your own boat you will need to rent one.  Dry suits are required.

Standard 20 Kayak essentials. No special equipment needed.

Look for a final confirmation email  1-2 days before the paddle.

There will be a maximum of 12 people on this paddle, four of whom will be leaders/assistants.


Carr Inlet

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These eight essentials plus The Kayak 20 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
  9. Dry suit required
Trip Reports