Tacoma Narrows


Sea Kayak - Steilacoom to Point Defiance

Ride the strong currents through the Tacoma Narrows in both directions. Launching from the Steilacoom boat ramp, paddle out to Toliva Shoal and then through the Narrows with a 5kt current to Point Defiance. After playing a bit, we'll paddle over to Gig Harbor for lunch at the Tides Tavern, waiting for the maximum flood for the return voyage.

  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 22.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 20 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 3 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 5.5 kts
  • Pace: 3 kt

Meet at the Steilacoom boat ramp in time to be on the water by 8am.

Parking costs about $12, payable by credit card through your smart phone.

There are bathroom facilities.

We will be seeking maximum current flow through the Narrows in both directions. You should be comfortable with rough and swirly water throughout the day.


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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