Pitt Passage

Paddle a 1.5 nm passage on south Puget Sound. It experiences mild currents less than 2 knots but can be exciting in the shallow areas around Pitt Island and Wyckoff Schoals to the north.

launch points

The passage can be accessed from Penrose State Park or Fox Island to the north, or Key peninsula launches such as 72nd St. or Anderson Island to the south.

on the water

Pitt Passage connects Carr Inlet to the north with Drayton and Balch Passages to the south. The passage is  1.5 nm long and experiences mild currents, less than 2 knots. This passage can be exciting because of shallow areas around Pitt Island and Wyckoff Schoals to the north. The passage can have  winds above other local areas because of fetch and funneling.


  • Please note that landing on Pitt Island and McNeil island is prohibited. These islands are clearly signed to stay away.
  • This area is very scenic and has low marine traffic.
  • Length: 10.0 nm
  • Land Manager: Land Manager TBD
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Default Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • NOAA Puget Sound: Southern Part No. 18448
  • Red Marker
    47.260471, -122.693561
    47.2604710683 -122.693560999
  • Red Marker
    47.187236, -122.729720
    47.18723582 -122.729719945

Upcoming Activities

Sea Kayak - Pitt Passage

Sea Kayaking Trip
A trip north through Pitt Passage to explore Penrose Point State Park, Lakebay, and Von
Difficulty: SK-III
Sat, Mar 31, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Mar 29
Tacoma Branch
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