Tacoma Narrows

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

launch points

  • Titlow Park in University Place.
  • Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park.
  • Gig Harbor Public Boat Launch at the end of Randall Dr NW. There are no restrooms at here, but there is a restroom about 0.6 mile away at the City Park at Crescent Creek off Vernhardson Street. Parking here is somewhat limited, so you may have to park on nearby residential streets. The beach is mucky at minus tides.
  • Eddon Boat Park at 3805 Harborview Dr in Gig Harbor. Restrooms are across the bay from the launch. Head ~260º magnetic across the harbor and into a cove. Look for the red brick building.
  • Skansie Brothers Park in Gig Harbor.

on the water

With 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. 

  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV
  • Land Manager: Land Manager TBD
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 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
After paddling to Steamers for dinner we will come back under the lights of the
Difficulty: Sea Kayak III+
Sat, Oct 12, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
0 participants
Registration closes Oct 9
Olympia Branch
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