Quartermaster Harbor


Sea Kayak - Quartermaster Harbor

Paddle from Owens Beach to Quartermaster Harbor, round trip

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  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.3 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 12 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 3 kts
  • Pace: 3.5

We will meet at Owens Beach in Point Defiance Park of Tacoma at 9:00 am and ready to launch at 10:00 am.

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:  SK II/III
  • Wind:  < 12 knots
  • Waves:   < 2  ft.
  • Currents:   < 3 knots
  • Distance:  11 nm
  • Pace:   Moderate to brisk pace, 3.5 knots on flat water

We will paddle from Owens Beach to Quartermaster Harbor, have lunch at Dockton Park on Maury Island, and then return to Owens Beach.

Bring Lunch and something warm to drink.


Quartermaster Harbor

  • MapTech Oak Bay to Commencement Bay No. 102

    MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100

    NOAA Puget Sound: Shilshole Bay to Commencement Bay No. 18474

    NOAA Puget Sound: Southern Part No. 18448
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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.

 A Dry Suit is required.

  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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