Henderson Inlet


Sea Kayak - Henderson Inlet

Wednesday evening paddle - We will launch in the Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area – home to a significant bat colony, and extensive cormorant and harbor seal rookeries. We will paddle through the conservation area, then toward the mouth of Henderson Inlet, prior to returning.

  • Sea Kayak II+
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.5 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: 2.5 mph

We will launch at the Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area canoe launch. A Discover Pass is required for parking. We will park in the lot by the canoe launch if spots are available. Otherwise, we will park in the overflow parking at the Woodard Bay trailhead for the Chehalis Western Trail (where restrooms mare located), then shuttle 1,500 feet back to the launch.

Please arrive early enough so we can be on the water by 6 PM. Due to the possibility of shuttling, this means arriving earlier than you would otherwise. The tide height will 8.2 feet at 6 PM, then ebb to a low of 7.6 ft at 7:20 PM, before starting the flood. Therefore, the closer to 6 PM that we launch, the better the conditions will be for the initial launch.  

This is the standard Olympia Chapter Wednesday night paddle protocol, with route and distance decided at the time of launch to suit those who have chosen to attend.  These paddles can include a range of conditions, so please monitor conditions to be sure they suit your skill and comfort level.

Registration/sign up is required. Registration will remain open until 3PM, August 9th.

Call or email leader, Tom Culhane 360.359.3395, culhane_tom@hotmail.com with any questions. Last minute inquiries may not get a response.


Henderson Inlet

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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