Nisqually Delta & Reach


Sea Kayak - Nisqually Delta & Reach

Loop, starting at Luhr’s Landing on west side of the Nisqually Delta, paddling northwest to Tolmie State Park, then crossing over the Nisqually Reach to Andy’s Marine Park on Anderson Island, before returning to Luhr’s Landing. First priority for individuals signing up will go to Olympia Basic Kayaking Class students needing to complete an experience paddle (see notes below).

  • Sea Kayak II
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 9.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 10 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: 2.5 mph

Launch from Luhr’s Landing boat ramp on west side of the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Beach huddle at 9:45AM, on the water at 10:00 AM.

We will launch from the Luhr’s Landing boat ramp on west side of Nisqually Delta, then paddle northwest to Tolmie State Park. From there we will cross over the Nisqually Reach to Andy’s Marine Park on Anderson Island (, then paddle along the southwestern shore of Anderson Island before crossing back to Luhr’s Landing.

This trip will be managed as SK II, suitable for an experience paddle for students in the Olympia Basic Sea Kayaking Class.  If conditions make the crossing to Anderson Island too challenging, we will take an alternate route. One possible alternate will be to launch from Luhr’s Landing, then paddle to the partially-sunken, cement barge near the mouth of the Nisqually Delta, then land on a beach northeast of the delta.

Cold water submersion protection required.

Leader permission required. Students in the May Olympia Basic Sea Kayaking Class will be given priority registration until Monday, May 22nd.  If non-students request permission for this trip, the trip leader (Tom) will place them on a waitlist until that date.

 This is a mentored leader trip and inquiries should go to Tom Culhane at 


Nisqually Delta & Reach

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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