Rich Passage


Sea Kayak - Rich Passage: Bremerton to Orchard Rocks

Paddle to Fort Ward, Orchard Rocks Conservation Area with abundant sea life, a salmon farm, and Manchester State Park. With a big tide swing, it's a nice ride!

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  • Sea Kayak III+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 20 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2.0 kts
  • Pace: 3.3 kts

Meet at Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton at 10:00am or as needed for a 11:00am launch. Washrooms available. Short carry to the boat ramp. No permits needed. Have a healthy snack before launching since lunch won't be until nerly 2pm.

Those wishing to take the ferry and reduce their carbon footprint can take the 8:35am Seattle-Bremerton and should be at the parking lot at 9:45 or so, perfect timing. If coming from Edmonds/Kingston, take the 8:50am ferry and that should get you to the launch around 10:00, or slightly thereafter but close enough.

Launch from Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton, plenty of parking. Launching about two hours before SBF (Slack Before Flood) at Rich Passage off Pleasant Beach station, will put us at Orchard Rocks near slack.

Ride the ebb out to Fort Ward on Bainbridge Island. We can land either at the boat ramp (toilets, picnic tables, no water) or go about 0.3 nm further along to the water trails site (toilets, water, camping) which is next to the old barracks building.

Paddle south to Orchard Rocks Conservation Area to observe sea life. Circumnavigate the adjacent salmon farm. Manchester State Park is another stop-over while we wait for the flood to build. Take out on the slab-rock bank to the left of the mud flat. Toilets, picnic tables, and water are available. We will have a 2pm lunch here before heading back. We'll take a lap around the Turner Joy museum battleship before taking out at Evergreen.


Rich Passage

  • 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 eight 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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