Tacoma Narrows

With its twin suspension bridges towering above and strong currents, the Tacoma Narrows is a dramatic place to paddle.

Each tide cycle all the water filling or draining Puget Sound south of the Narrows must pass through this restriction resulting in currents of up to almost 6 knots!  Strong currents flowing past the bridge piers produce strong eddylines, boils and whirlpools, with complex patterns between upstream and downstream piers.  It can be an exciting play or a good place to avoid.  Much calmer water is available along either shore, but wind through the channel, especially opposing the current can still produce rough water.  The north entrance of the Narrows also provides challenging tidal rips on an ebb.  Access can be had from Owens Beach at Point Defiance Park, Gig Harbor and Titlow Beach in University Place.

  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
  • Land Manager: Land Manager TBD
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • MapTech Puget Sound Chart No. 100
  • NOAA Puget Sound: Possession Sound to Olympia including Hood Canal No. 18445

Upcoming Activities

Sea Kayak - Tacoma Narrows

Sea Kayaking Trip
Good intro to first timers on fast currents. If water levels don’t permit from Chambers
Sun, Sep 9, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants
Registration closes Sep 5
Olympia Branch

Sea Kayak - Tacoma Narrows

Sea Kayaking Trip
Gig Harbor, south through Narrows, landing at Titlow Beach, Lunch at Steamers Rest. After the
Difficulty: Sea Kayak III
Sun, Dec 16, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
5 participants 3 leaders
Registration closes Dec 14
Tacoma Branch
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