Commencement Bay

Paddle in protected water along the south shoreline or longer loops around Commencement Bay.

launch points

on the water

Shoreline: Launch and paddle along the protected south shore as much as you like from the Thea Foss Waterway to Marine Park.

Loop: Start from any of the launch point and paddle a loop around the bay.  It's variable distance (usually around 7 nm) with a 2 nm open crossing.


  • Commencement Bay is a busy port of commerce, so watch for other watercraft.
  • This is also a major shipping channel. If paddling across the northwest end of the bay, contact Vessel Traffic Control via VHF radio before crossing.

Information for Leaders

trip scheduling

Please review the activities that have already been schedule on the "Activities" tab below to be sure that we don't have two groups using the same area at the same time.

  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak II/III
  • Length: 7.0 nm
  • Land Manager: Land Manager TBD
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Default Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Sea Trails Vashon Island, Tacoma Narrows to Elliot Bay WA203
  • MapTech Oak Bay to Commencement Bay No. 102
  • Red Marker
    47.316630, -122.530217
    47.3166300686 -122.530217097
  • Red Marker
    47.284966, -122.410397
    47.2849659881 -122.410397456

Upcoming Activities

Sea Kayak - Commencement Bay

Sea Kayaking Trip
Come join us and practice your new kayaking skills paddling around the water crafts along
Difficulty: Sea Kayak II/III
Sat, Aug 25, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
6 participants 2 leaders
Registration opens May 6
Tacoma Branch
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