Irondale to Chimacum Creek


Sea Kayak - Irondale to Chimacum Creek

SKII paddle from Irondale Beach Park to Chimacum Creek, Kala Point and Port Hadlock.

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  • Sea Kayak II
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 nm

Place: Irondale Beach Park (Jefferson County Parks), 562 Moore St, Port Hadlock
Meet time: 11:30am Pacific Daylight Time

Directions: Take Hwy 104 onto the Olympic Peninsula. Approximately 5 miles after the Hood Canal bridge, turn Right on Hwy 19 (toward Port Townsend). After approximately 12 miles, turn Right onto Irondale Road (look for “The Sign Station” just before the turn and “Carpet One Floor & Home” just past the turn, both on the Right side of 19). After approximately 0.8 miles, turn Left onto 4th Street. After 800 feet, turn Right onto E Moore St and continue to the gravel parking area near the beach (Irondale Beach Park, 562 Moore St, Port Hadlock WA 98339). The beach is a level 100’ grassy walk from the parking area. The beach is sand and small shells.

Facilities: There is a portable toilet at the put-in. There is also a portable toilet near beach in Port Hadlock (public boat ramp near Ajax), if necessary. The rest of the paddle consists of exposed beaches and tidal areas with no facilities.

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: SKII
  • Wind: Less than 10 kts
  • Waves: 1 - 2 ft. 
  • Route: Irondale to Chimacum Creek and Kala Point
  • Distance:  6 nm
  • Pace: moderate

For permission to sign up for this trip, contact Les Moore at 360-379-9855 or

We’ll paddle up scenic and sheltered Chimacum creek at high tide. After the creek, we’ll paddle half a mile North to Kala Point for a snack. Wind and weather permitting, we’ll continue our paddle to the South to Port Hadlock and Skunk Island, a favorite perch for herons. After paddling around Skunk Island, we’ll follow the shoreline back North to our take-out at Irondale.

In case of whitecaps we will shorten the paddle and omit Kala Point and/or Port Hadlock.


Irondale to Chimacum Creek

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

Immersion Wear is required

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