Kingston, Northern Bainbridge Island & Liberty Bay


Sea Kayak - Kingston, Northern Bainbridge Island & Liberty Bay

A one way paddle from Poulsbo to Kingston, ridding the current through Agate pass.

  • Sea Kayak III+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.7 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 4 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 4 kts
  • Pace: Brisk

Meet at the Kingston Marina Boat Ramp at 7:45am.  This is the large parking area just west of the ferry terminal.  Those arriving by ferry should be on the 7:10am ferry.  From Edmonds, we will shuttle to Oyster Plant Park (near Liberty Bay Marina) in Poulsbo, about 20 minutes.  

I'll try to organize the car shuttle such that those who came on the ferry can return directly with out driving to Poulsbo.  This depends on enough people joining from the Kitsap size and their ability to carry boats on their cars.  

From the launch at Oyster Park, we'll paddle through Liberty bay, out the entrance and take a left into Agate Passage.  

I estimate launching about 9:15, 6 hours on the route, and landing about 3:15pm.  Sunset is 4:50pm.  The trip distance is about 13nm so we need to maintain an average pace of 2.2kt.  

Currents in Agate pass max out at 2.2kt at 12:50pm.  We'll pass through before max and should have a least a moderate current assist for most of our paddle.

This trip is one of the North Puget Sound Paddling Experience badge trips.

This is a winter trip.  While conditions can be very good, participants should be prepared for 

  • Paddling in wind up to 15kt.  Some upwind but most down or across the wind.
  • Freezing temperatures 
  • Moderate rain

if there is a strong south wind, we may change the launch site to Old Man House Park, making for a shorter, downwind run. 

If conditions look generally unpleasant (cold, rainy, head-winds) I'll cancel.


Kingston, Northern Bainbridge Island & Liberty Bay

  • MapTech Oak Bay to Commencement Bay No. 102

    NOAA Puget Sound No. 18440

    MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100

    Sea Trails Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bremerton and Liberty Bay WA202
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

In addition to the standard kayak essentials:

  • A headlamp or white navigation light.
  • Extra warm clothing 
  • a Cag is recommended

Helmets are not necessary.

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