Sea Kayak - Steilacoom to Point Defiance

Steilacoom to Pt. Defiance

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  • Sea Kayak IV
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 11.0 nm

Meet at 7:45 am at Owens Beach to transfer boats/gear for shuttle.  We will consolidate boats/gear and head to Steilacoom.  Expect to launch around 9am.

I expect this sea kayak trip to have this difficulty and these conditions.  View the sea kayak difficulties definitions on the Activity Types page.

  • Difficulty: SK IV-V
  • Wind: Up to 25 kts
  • Waves: up to 3'
  • Route:
  • Distance:  11 nm
  • Pace: moderate to strenuous

We'll paddle from the Steilacoom boat launch to Pt. Defiance landing at Owen Beach.  Expect relatively high winds from the southwest with the current forecast.  Option to stay and play at Pt. Defiance depending on group desires and conditions at the time.  Expect to land at Owen Beach between 1:30pm and 4:00pm depending on group desires. 


Steilacoom to Point Defiance

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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