Port Gamble Bay

A great bay in North Puget Sound and near North Kitsap for sea kayaking training. Paddle in the bay or to Foulweather Bluff or Hood Head. If you are new to the sport you can also rent kayaks here from Olympic Outdoor Center.

launch points

on the water

Port Gamble Bay

8.0 nm round trip, difficulty: sea kayak II

Port Gamble to Foulweather Bluff Preserve

9.0 nm round trip, difficulty: sea kayak III

Cross the mouth of Port Gamble and paddle up the shoreline of the Hansville Peninsula to the Foulweather Bluff Preserve, an undeveloped nature preserve managed by The Nature Conservancy. Enjoy a side trip into Driftwood Key, formerly known and often still shown as Coon Bay, a no-facilities boat harbor.

Port Gamble to Foulweather Bluff Preserve & Hood Head

North Hood Canal Double Cross

12.5 nm round trip, Difficulty: Sea Kayak III/IV

Launch from the  historic Port Gamble spit, paddle north to the Nature Conservancy's sunny Foulweather Bluff Preserve, cross Hood Canal to Tala Point, paddle south to Hood Head to explore Wolf Property State Park before crossing at the Hood Canal Bridge and returning to Port Gamble.

Salsbury Point to Squamish Harbor

10.0 nm, difficulty: sea kayak iii

From Salsbury Point County Park, cross Hood Canal and paddle around Squamish Harbor, then visit Bridgehaven before crossing back to Kitsap Peninsula and returning. Be sure to keep a safe distance from the bridge if crossing in its vicinity.

Notes

  • There is little to no current when traveling north as long as you stay close to shore.
  • There is a back eddy of sorts both north and south of Driftwood Key.
  • On Google Earth, look at the narrow part of Foulweather Bluff peninsula and see a lake. At the southwest tip of the lake where it nearly stretches to the beach is a good place to land in the preserve with walking trails to the road. This landing spot is also the shortest walk with your boat and is a sandy surface rather than mud.
  • There is privacy in the woods but otherwise no toilet facilities.
  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak II, Sea Kayak III/IV
  • Length: 8.0 nm
  • Land Manager: Land Manager Varies
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 14
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
Map
  • MapTech Oak Bay to Commencement Bay No. 102
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Salt Water Paddle Instruction - Port Gamble Bay

Sea Kayaking Field trip: Basic Sea Kayaking Course
Student Salt Water paddle of Basic Sea Kayaking course requirement.
Difficulty: Sea Kayak II
Sat, Jun 5, 2021
Prerequisites
5 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Jun 3
Seattle Branch

Salt Water Paddle Instruction - Port Gamble Bay

Sea Kayaking Field trip: Basic Sea Kayaking Course
Student Salt Water paddle of Basic Sea Kayaking course requirement
Difficulty: Sea Kayak II
Sun, Jun 13, 2021
Prerequisites
7 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Jun 3
Seattle Branch
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  • Port Gamble to Foulweather Bluff Preserve
  • Port Gamble to Foulweather Bluff Preserve & Hood Head
  • North Hood Canal Double Cross
  • Salsbury Point to Squamish Harbor
  • Hood Canal: Salsbury Point to Squamish Harbor
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