Tacoma Narrows


Sea Kayak - Tacoma Narrows

Play at Point Defiance, drift of the narrows.

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  • Sea Kayak IV
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 nm

Will launch from Titlow Park at 10 AM.

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:  Moderate
  • Wind: Minimal
  • Waves: 0-2 feet
  • Route:Titlow beach, paddle north along Salmon Beach.  Lunch at Point Defiance.  Play in the eddies at the point as the flood builds.  Paddle back to Titlow, playing in boils and whirl pools on the south end of the bridges.
  • Distance:  6-7 nm
  • Pace: Strenuous at times while in the eddies, mostly moderate.

Tacoma Narrows

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.
  9. Recommend helmets for playing in the eddies and practicing rescues.
  10. Dry suits mandatory.
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