Rich Passage


Sea Kayak - Rich Passage: Bremerton to Orchard Rocks

Ride currents to view the sea lions at orchard rocks and those who have commandeered the salmon farm.

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  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 12 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1.5 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 3.7 kts
  • Pace: about a 3.2kt flatwater pace anticipated

Launch from Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton at 11:00am, plenty of parking unless at a real busy time of day. Launching about two hours before SBF  at Rich Passage off Pleasant Beach station. So meet around 10:00 am.

If air quality is not good, this trip will be cancelled.

Bring lunch; eat time around 12:30pm.

Ride the ebb out to Fort Ward on Bainbridge Island. You 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 - one "site" but room for many tents, picnic table) 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  lunch stop 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.

Make a lap around the Turner Joy museum battleship which is moored at the Bremerton Marina 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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