Paddle Kitsap: Fay Bainbridge Park to Poulsbo Waterfront ‑ August 13, 2022

by Olympic Outdoor Center

Spectacular one day paddle from Poulsbo Waterfront Park to Fay Bainbridge Park.  We will paddle through the Agate Pass on a strong outcoming tide that will propel us to our destination.

info Kayaks must be fully compartmentalized (bulkheads or flotation front & back). Those not renting will also need to bring a life jacket, bilge pump & paddle float.

Explore a leg of the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails on this 8 mile paddle that Starts at our rental facility on Liberty Bay, Poulsbo and ends at Fay Bainbridge park. All ages are welcome, we only require a sense of adventure and enthusiasm!

What's Included:

  • Professional Guides & Safety Boaters
  • Water & Snack Pack
  • $5 donation to Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails
  • Shuttle back to Fay Bainbridge Park

What to Expect

  • This year we will be paddling from Poulsbo to Fay Bainbridge Park.
  • The shuttle will take place before the paddle.
  • You will be paddling 8.6 miles. You can paddle about as fast as you can walk so that’s about 3 hours paddle time.
  • *Paddlers should expect a decent amount of physical activity and exercise.
  • We will be paddling with the outgoing tide and should expect some current assist.
  • You will be paddling close to shore, but conditions will be exposed so bring some warm clothes.
  • We are providing a snack and water, but you will want to bring more food like energy bars

Where to Meet and Time (subject to change often)

  • Where: Fay Bainbridge Park Address:  15446 Sunrise Dr NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
  • Meet time is 8:30am
  • 1st shuttle : 9am, last shuttle: 9:30am
  • We meet at Fay Bainbridge Park (see address above)
  • You will be leaving your vehicle here.
  • You will be shuttled in our vans to poulsbo.
  • There is only 2-3 hour parking at Poulsbo so shuttle is a good idea, they do ticket.

Timeline (subject to change often):

  • 8:30am – Meet at Fay Bainbridge Park
  • Shuttle starts as soon as van is full
  • 9:30am – Last shuttle
  • 10am – Paddler Meeting
  • 10:30am – start paddle
  • 11:30am arrive at Keyport for break and ice cream
  • 2 pm – Arrive Fay Bainbridge Park

When is the shuttle?

If you are shuttling your own gear before the tour?

            Take your gear to our Poulsbo waterfront rental location next to the marine science center. We will be on the float next to the boat ramp. Drop your gear and any other participants and return to Fay Bainbridge park for the shuttle starting at 8:30am.

If we are shuttling your gear?

Meet us at Fay Bainbridge Park and park your vehicle. Go to check in. Your gear will be loaded on our trailers and taken to the put in at the waterfront park. Boats are loaded 3 to a rung on the trailer. If you rather, please shuttle your boat before the tour and meet us at Fay Bainbridge for the shuttle.

If you are taking our shuttle.

            Meet us at Fay Bainbridge Park and park your vehicle. Go to check in and take the shuttle to the waterfront park.

If you are renting gear?

            Meet us at Fay Bainbridge Park, your gear will already be at the put in. Go to check in and take the shuttle to the waterfront park.

What Time Will It End?

          We will end around 2-3pm.

 What To Bring – Paddle Kitsap Tour

(We paddle in Light Rain. We do not paddle in high winds or lightning if avoidable)

Recommended Paddling Gear for those bringing their own boats:

  • Boat has bulkheaded flotation in the bow and stern or a sit-on-top.
  • Boat has a bow line attached to the bow, 6 feet minimum
  • Paddle Leash (optional)
  • Spray Skirt (sit-in kayaks)
  • Bilge pump & paddle float (sit-in kayaks)
  • Waterproof cases for camera / cell phone
  • Dry Bags
  • PFD with Whistle
  • Sunscreen
  • Light Lunch
  • Paddle Clothing
  • ID

Recommended Paddle Clothing:

  • Paddling Gloves
  • Dry Suit (Optional but a good idea)
  • Wet Suit or Neoprene Tops or Bottoms (Optional but a good idea)
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Shoes that can get wet, tennis shoes, sandals with straps or hard sole water shoe, NO flip-flops.
  • Short or long pants depending on weather (Ideally synthetic).
  • Short or long sleeve shirt depending on the weather (Ideally
  • synthetic).
  • Change of clothes left In your car If the ones your wearing gets wet.
  • Towel for After (Always nice)
  • Warm Fleece jacket, NOT cotton (Windproof if available)
  • light waterproof/water resistant jacket.
  • If bringing electronics (phone, camera, etc.) put in dry bag or Double baggie or provide a waterproof case.
  • Put Your name on all of your belongings, we are not responsible for lost or stolen gear especially phones, cameras, watches, etc.

* Recommended Clothing will be a function of risk. Consider: Water Temp, Air Temp, Sea State, our proximity to shore, Current, Paddler Experience, Group Experience to name a few. The higher the risk the paddle for the day the more important thermal protection like Neoprene or a dry suit become.  Please let us know if you have any questions about what to wear.

  • Tipping your guides are always a nice gesture for excellent service.

IF you have any questions please call our programs director John at (360) 471-0836.

Paddle Kitsap Sponsor:

Visit Kitsap Peninsula (VKP) is an economic development organization responsible for promoting the Kitsap Peninsula region to attract and educate travelers and planners that in turn generate retail sales and tax revenues for businesses and local, state and federal governments.

Need to Rent Equipment for the Event?

We have single kayaks, double kayaks and stand up paddlebaords available to rent for the event. All rentals include individually fitted personal flotation device and paddle. Kayak rentals include a bilge pump and paddle float. A short lesson or refresher is also included with each rental, as well as help with fitting of all equipment. All rental equipment will be delivered to and picked up from the event by OOC.

Note: Kayaks must be fully compartmentalized (bulkheads or flotation front & back) and seaworthy; no missing hatches or broken parts. Those not renting will also need to bring a life jacket, which must be worn at all times, a whistle, bilge pump & paddle float if using a sit-in kayak.


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