Tacoma Narrows


Sea Kayak - Steilacoom to Point Defiance

Riptides & Rapids Pin paddle. Steilacoom to Gig Harbor via Toliva Shoals and Point Defiance with a return to Steilacoom.

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  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 21.1 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 20 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 3 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 4 kts
  • Pace: 3 kt

Meet at Sunnyside Beach Park in Steilacoom.  Bring wheels to get from the parking lot to the beach.  Plan to launch by 10am

This  is a long and challenging paddle with high current flows and potentially strong winds. 


Tacoma Narrows

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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