Bremerton to Elandan Gardens

Enjoy sea kayaking near the museum ship Turner Joy in Bremerton Harbor and then across Sinclair Inlet with views of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and a tour of Elandan Gardens Bonsai Museum.

launch points

  • Unload your boats at the far eastern end of 2nd St in downtown Bremerton, then your park cars in paid parking area. It's about an 80-foot carry down a narrow trail to the water. The staging area is limited so consider your group size to eight. Public toilets available at this launch site.


  • Paddle up close to the Turner Joy, a museum ship in the Bremerton harbor.
  • Naval facilities require 300 yard standoff (despite the sign that says 300 feet), but confirm by calling 360-476-6309 and let them know you will be passing by. Expect a visit from the security folks if you get too close.
  • There is a significant mud flat in front of Elandan Gardens which is barely covered at a +2.2 ft tide. A 4.6 ft tide or above provides firm footing, muddy below that level.
  • Be careful of the broken glass on the beach- this is the site of a former landfill.
  • Elandan Gardens may provide a guided tour if pre-arranged. One of their Bonzai trees is 1,500 years old!
  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak II+
  • Length: 8.0 nm
  • Land Manager: Elandan Gardens
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 8
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100
  • NOAA Puget Sound: Seattle to Bremerton No. 18449
  • Sea Trails Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bremerton and Liberty Bay WA202
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