East Passage, Puget Sound


Sea Kayak - East Passage, Puget Sound

Three Day, two night camping trip from Tacoma's waterfront along the shoreline of the East Passage across to Maury Island and back to Tacoma.

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  • Sea Kayak II/III
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)

The details of the meet up time will be sent out in an email prior to the paddle. We will camp at Salt Water State Park and at the Maury Island Marine Camp. There will be fees for both nights of camping. Participants are responsible for all food, water, and camping gear. 

Pace will be moderate and bad weather will shorten/change intended route. Milage will vary from 8-10 nm per day. 

I expect this sea kayak trip to have this difficulty and plan to paddle in up to these conditions (view the sea kayak difficulties definitions on our Activity Types, Difficulties & Prerequisites page):

  • Difficulty: SKIII
  • Wind: up to 10 kt
  • Waves: up to 1 ft
  • Currents: na
  • Distance:  28 nm
  • Pace: moderate (2.7-3.3 kts) 

East Passage, Puget Sound

  • Sea Trails Vashon Island, Tacoma Narrows to Elliot Bay WA203

    MapTech Oak Bay to Commencement Bay No. 102

    MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100

    NOAA Puget Sound: Southern Part No. 18448
  • 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
  9. Shelter and Sleeping Bag
  10. Food and water for 3 days. 
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