Sea Kayak - Hood Canal: Quilcene to Bolton Pennisula

Paddle from Quilcene Bay boat ramp around the bay to Bolton Peninsula and back. Preference given to Kitsap basic class students.

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  • Sea Kayak II
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 nm

Meet at 10:00am at the beach next to Herb Beck Marina, 1731 Linger Longer Road, Quilcene, WA 98376.

Students of the Basic Class must bring a completed paddle completion sheet and a 2015 tide/current booklet.

Non-students may meet at 10:30am.

Preference will be given to Kitsap Sea Kayaking Basic Class students until August 3, 2015.

Directions from Kitsap County:
Online map:
Text directions: Follow HWY-104 over the Hood Canal Bridge. After 11 miles, turn right (follow sign for Quilcene), following by another immediate right, onto Center Rd. After 8.2 miles, turn left onto US-101. After 0.2 miles, turn left onto Rodgers St. After 343 feet, turn left onto Linger Longer Rd. After 1.6 miles arrive at the marina – the beach put-in location is immediately past the marina boat ramp, at the very end of the road.

Parking space near the beach is limited on weekends, so carpooling is encouraged. See below for carpooling details.

Light immersion wear is required. We’ll paddle Quilcene Bay to Bolton Peninsula and back, stopping along the way for lunch. Depending on the wind, we may avoid Dabob Bay and paddle to the south end of Quilcene Bay before heading back.

I expect this sea kayak trip to have this difficulty and these conditions.  View the sea kayak difficulties definitions on the Activity Types page.

  • Difficulty:  SK II
  • Wind: < 8 kts
  • Waves: < 1 ft
  • Route: Meandering
  • Distance:  7 nm
  • Pace: moderate

Carpooling details:
To allow others to view your contact information and arrange carpooling, please update your Mountaineers profile per the directions below if you have not already done so. Note that carpooling options were enhanced recently so you may wish to update your profile accordingly.

How to update your Mountaineers profile:

1. Login to the Mountaineers website and click on your name in the upper right corner,

2. On the drop down menu, click on “My Profile”, then in left sidebar click on “Preferences”.

3. On the “Member Profile” tab, upload an image of yourself in the “Image” section.

4. Inside the “Bio” section, insert any information about yourself

5. Continue with other information on page

6. Scroll back to the top, and select the “Contact Info” tab and fill out

7. Scroll back to the top, and select the “Preferences” tab. In addition to the other choices, ensure you “untick” the box “Make My Membership Private”. Select ride/drive preferences via the drop down, the add in Carpool notes, sample below:

[city] is my car-pool area. If I drive, I can take [quantity] passengers and gear. If kayaking, I and can haul [quantity] kayaks in addition to my own. If you want to car pool with me, send me an email: [email]. My phone number is [number]. For those with pet allergies, I [do/do not] carry [dogs/cats] in my car. I am amenable to splitting fuel cost and bridge tolls.

8. IMPORTANT: Click on the Save button at the bottom.


Hood Canal: Quilcene to Bolton Pennisula

  • NOAA Hood Canal South No. 18458

    Sea Trails South Hood Canal Dabob Bay WA201

    MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100
  • See full route/place details.
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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