Port Townsend: Fort Worden to Boat Haven


Sea Kayak - Port Townsend: Fort Worden to Boat Haven

See the lights.

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  • Sea Kayak II
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 8.0 nm

Meet at the Fort Worden Marine Science Center at 1:30 PM

Alternatively, meet at the Port Townsend Food Co-op, 414 Kearney Street, at 12:30 for lunch prior to going to the fort.

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:< 10 kts
  • Waves:< 2 ft
  • Route: there and back
  • Distance:  8 ish nm
  • Pace: moderate
Bring your waterproof headlamp and a blue chem-light (and a means of attaching same to your headgear) and adequate insulation to wear under your dry suit.

We'll paddle from Fort Worden to the Boat Haven and back.  The return trip will be in the dark on this the shortest day of the year.

Post paddle opportunities abound: food, drink, holiday merriment.  Camp at Fort Worden, get a hotel, drive home.

Discover Pass required.


Port Townsend: Fort Worden to Boat Haven

  • NOAA Port Townsend No. 18464

    NOAA Approaches to Admirally Inlet Dungeness to Oak Bay No. 18471

    MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100

    Sea Trails Port Townsend, Dungeness Spit to Marrowstone Island WA103
  • 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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