Tacoma Narrows


Sea Kayak - Tacoma Narrows

Paddle your kayak to lunch at The Tides Tavern in Gig Harbor. Plan to ride the currents in The Tacoma Narrows from Titlow Park, passing along scenic Salmon Beach to Gig Harbor and back. The 6 hour round trip is a great way to spend a Wednesday away from the daily grind.

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  • Sea Kayak III+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 14.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 12 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 4.1 kts
  • Pace: 2.5 knots + speed of current

Plan to meet at Titlow Park in Tacoma at 9:30 AM. We will launch from the beach adjacent Steamers Restaurant no earlier than 10:30 AM in order to avoid currents in excess of 4 knots. Bathrooms are available near the water/splash section of Titlow Park.

This is an SK III+ activity since current speeds will be less than 4 knots. Participants must be comfortable paddling in winds up to 12 mph and waves up to 2 ft. Immersion gear is required, dry suits only. Expect to paddle with currents of up to 4 knots. Conditions may require bracing skills. Previous group and self-rescue practice (both as rescuer and rescuee). Generally will not start out in whitecaps, but be prepared for paddling in to waves large enough to wash over the deck. This paddle is for those who have already passed the Basic Kayaking Class and have some experience.

If wind conditions are expected to be in excess of 15 knots, plan "B" is to consider paddling from Owens Beach in Tacoma to Dockton on Vashon Island (for a sack lunch) and back. Plan "C" is to cancel the trip. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.


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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