Kennedy Creek

A great location for field trips and environmental education that is southwest of Oyster Bay and west of Olympia that includes the Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail.

getting there

Kennedy Creek is located on Old Highway 99 just north of the Steamboat Island exit off of US-101. There is limited parking. Carpooling is recommended. 


Information LEADERS

scheduling & permits

  • This area is primarily used by our Olympia Branch for their Navigation Course field trips. 
  • Permits are required in this area for all fee-based (course-related) activities, regardless of group size, and all free activities involving 13 or more people. Leaders may list trips at this route/place with the understanding that they need to verify that a permit has been obtained before running the trip (if required as outlined above). Permit applications are submitted to WA Department of Natural Resources annually in December. Please contact with any additional questions. More details about permitting on WA DNR land as it applies to Mountaineers trips, as well as our current year Land Use License, is on our Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) web page.
  • 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.
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Length: 1.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 100 ft
  • 200 ft
  • USGS Summit Lake
  • see Notes
  • see Land Manager
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