Carr Inlet

Sea kayak on the inlet that extends northward between Key and Kitsap Peninsula close to Gig Harbor. In addition to varied shoreline, exploration opportunities include Cutts Island State Park, Minter Creek Fish Hatchery, and the tidelands of Burley Lagoon.

launch points

Access points include launch ramps at Kopachuck and Penrose State Parks, local ramps at Home and Wauna as well as an informal road end at Rosedale.


  • The north-south orientation often results in rough conditions at the north end driven by winds from the south or southwest.
  • The Wauna launch is often used as a base for wind and wave clinics.
  • The Burley Lagoon is a 358-acre watershed located at the north  end of Carr Inlet on the Key Peninsula.

Information for Leaders

Scheduling & Permits

  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the recommended party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any permitting regulations.
  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak II/III
  • MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100
  • NOAA Puget Sound: Southern Part No. 18448

Upcoming Activities

Navigation and Trip Planning Field Day - Carr Inlet

Sea Kayaking Field trip: Sea Kayak Navigation
On the water field day for the Kayak Trip Planning and Navigation Course
Difficulty: Sea Kayak II/III
Sun, Jun 5, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
2 participants on waitlist 2 instructors
Registration closes Jun 2
Tacoma Branch
Trip Reports

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  • Cutts Island
  • Wauna to Cutts Island
  • Burley Lagoon

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