Tacoma Narrows


Sea Kayak - Tacoma Narrows

Paddle to Titlow Beach for lunch at Steamer's Cafe. Catch the ebb & return to Owen Beach. Plans B & C (depending on wind) include Gig Harbor or Maury Island.

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  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1.5 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 3 kts
  • Pace: moderate

We will meet at Owen Beach (5605 Owen Beach Rd. Tacoma) at 09:30.  Launch around 10:30.  Paddlers will do a risk assessment before launching and choose a trip plan, depending on conditions.

Please review tides, currents, and route options.  Both  Titlow and Gig Harbor  Lunch breaks would be indoors (Steamer's or The Tides).  Dockton Park on Maury Island has a picnic shelter and restrooms. Bring food for this eventuality.

Be prepared for winter temperatures, wind, and rain.  Rescue practice at trip's end  is encouraged.

I expect this sea kayak trip to have this difficulty and plan to paddle in up to these conditions (view the sea kayak difficulties definitions on our Activity Types, Difficulties & Prerequisites page):

  • Difficulty: SK III+
    • Wind: 15 knot
  • Waves:  1.5 feet
  • Currents:  3 knots
  • Distance:  12 nm
  • Pace: 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. Dry suit and layered insulation
  9. Helmet
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