Tacoma Narrows


Sea Kayak - Tacoma Narrows

From Titlow Beach ride the ebb tide north to Point Defiance Park's Owen Beach, then return to Titlow Beach at the start of the flood tide.

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  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 13.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 12 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 4.0 kts
  • Pace: Current Assist

LAUNCH SITE: Titlow Beach, 8425 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98465

Meet at Titlow Beach at 9:00 AM.

Launch at 10:00 AM.

Dry suit Required: SK-III+

Ten Essentials

Bring if you have them:

Tow belt
VHF Radio

This is a mentored paddle.

BATHROOM/CHANGE FACILITIES: Honey Bucket east side of the park.

PARKING: Though we will be able to unload our boats from the parking adjacent to Steamers in the a.m. we will have to park in the public spaces at the park. If you opt to unload your boat on to the grass circle close to the dock please do so as quickly as possible to prevent blocking the public access for the residents adjacent to the dock.

You may want to use wheels to transport your kayak from the parking area to the launch area, so consider bringing them if you have a set.


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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