Colvos Passage

Paddle the passage that lies between Vashon Island and the Kitsap Peninsula. The current ebbs north but is slack during Puget Sound floods, so most trips are done south to north. Trips out-and-back from the launch point are also possible.

Launch Points

  • Gig Harbor to the south
  • Olalla at mid passage
  • Sebring Road on the northern side of the Southworth Ferry Terminal

on the water

On the Vashon Island side of Colvos Passage: Lisabeula  Park is a good lunch stop with pit toilet but no water. There is a primitive Washington Water Trails camping spot.

On the mainland side of Colvos Passage: Sunrise Beach, north of Gig Harbor, has toilets up the hill at the road end. There is a grocery store at Olalla, best accessed at mid to high tides. Anderson Point County Park, just north of Olalla, has water access only with no toilets.

For one-way trips with a shuttle, takeout points include the northern Vashon Island Ferry Terminal and an access road on the northern side of the Southworth Ferry Terminal.

  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak II/III
  • Land Manager: Land Manager Varies
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 20
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 20
  • MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100
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