Rich Passage: Bremerton to Orchard Rocks


Sea Kayak - Rich Passage: Bremerton to Orchard Rocks

Ride the ebb and swirls to Orchard Rocks, circle the Turner Joy on return

  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 16 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 3 kts
  • Pace: 3.6 kts flatwater pace

Meet at 9:45am At Evergreen Rotary Park in downtown Bremerton. Launch at 10:30am.

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:  Some swirlies. Moderate to Challenging
  • Wind:  <17 kts
  • Waves: <2 ft
  • Currents:  max ebb is 3.0 kts.
  • Distance:  12 nm
  • Pace:  3.6 kt Conditioner

We will paddle out the Port Washington Narrows and out Rich Passage at max ebb. At Fort Ward we'll have a break. Circle Orchard Rocks and the fish farm. Cross over to Manchester State Park for lunch. On the way back we'll circle the Turner Joy Museum ship then back to the launch.

Immersion wear required.

This is a training paddle for the Brooks Peninsula group but others are welcome to join us. "Usual Suspects" go ahead and sign up, others I don't know please contact me for permission. Biggest challenge is maintaining a brisk pace.


Rich Passage: Bremerton to Orchard Rocks

  • MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100

    Sea Trails Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bremerton and Liberty Bay WA202

    NOAA Puget Sound: Seattle to Bremerton No. 18449
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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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