Rich Passage: Bremerton to Orchard Rocks

Sea kayak to Fort Ward and the Orchard Rocks Conservation Area with abundant sea life, a salmon farm, and Manchester State Park. With a big tide swing, it's a nice ride!

Launch Points

Launch from Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton, plenty of parking unless at a real busy time of day. Launching about two hours before SBF (Slack Before Flood) at Rich Passage off Pleasant Beach station, will put you at Orchard Rocks near slack.

on the water

Ride the ebb out to Fort Ward on Bainbridge Island. You can land either at the boat ramp (toilets, picnic tables, no water) or go about 0.3 nm further along to the water trails site (toilets, water, camping - one "site" but room for many tents, picnic table) which is next to the old barracks building.

Paddle south to Orchard Rocks Conservation Area to observe sea life. Circumnavigate the adjacent salmon farm. Manchester State Park is another stop-over while you wait for the flood to build. Take out on the slab-rock bank to the left of the mud flat with as little as -2.0 ft tide to avoid the mud flat. Toilets, picnic tables, and water are available, but water trails campsites are not favorites.

Make a lap around the Turner Joy museum battleship which is moored at the Bremerton Marina before taking out at Evergreen.

information for leaders


  • The Mountaineers has a commercial use permit with Washington State Parks for all free and fee-based outings at state parks. Leaders should carry a print or digital copy of our  commercial use permit to show rangers they may encounter.
  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
  • Length: 12.0 nm
  • Land Manager: City of Bremerton Parks System
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100
  • Sea Trails Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bremerton and Liberty Bay WA202
  • NOAA Puget Sound: Seattle to Bremerton No. 18449

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