Sea Kayak - Port Gamble to Foulweather Bluff Preserve

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  • Sea Kayak III
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.0 nm

Port Gamble waterfront at 11:30am.

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: 
  • Wind: 10 kts
  • Waves: 1-2 ft
  • Route:
  • Distance: 8 nm
  • Pace: Moderate

Immersion wear required.

Cross the mouth of Port Gamble. Side trip available into Driftwood Key, formerly known and often still shown at Coon Bay, a no-facilities boat harbor. Nature preserve destination is undeveloped.

There is little to no current when traveling north as long as you stay close to shore. There is a back eddy of sorts both north and south of Driftwood Key. On Google Earth, look at the narrow part of Foulweather Bluff peninsula. You will see a lake. At the SW tip of the lake where it nearly stretches to the beach is a good place to land in the preserve with walking trails to the road. This landing spot is also the shortest walk with your boat and best sandy surface rather than mud. There is privacy in the woods but otherwise no toilet facilities.


Port Gamble to Foulweather Bluff Preserve

  • Sea Trails North Hood Canal, Dosewallips to Port Ludlow WA105

    MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100

    NOAA Puget Sound: Entrance to Hood Canal No. 18477
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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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