Paddle Bainbridge: Eagle Harbor to Fay Bainbridge Park, July 16, 2022

by Olympic Outdoor Center

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Paddle Bainbridge is a 8.5 mile fully supported day paddle with views of the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges, the Seattle Skyline, Mount Rainier, Puget Sound islands and wildlife, this trip is one of our favorites!

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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.

Paddlers  may use their own equipment or rent a kayak or a stand-up paddleboard from us. If you rent from us, we'll bring all the equipment to you on the day of the event. Kayak and Paddleboard Rentals are available and will be delivered and picked up at the event for your convenience.

*Paddlers should expect a decent amount of physical activity and excursion. We classify paddle Bainbridge as suitable for all skill levels since we mitigate risk and conditions are generally calm. Paddlers still need to be able to paddle for up to 4 hours at a time.

Not able to make it this time, but still want to have some fun out on the water? Click here for our Summer Calendar!

What's Included:

  • Snack Pack and Water 
  • Professional Guides & Safety Boaters on the water
  • Shuttle
  • $5 donation to Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails

What to Expect

  • This year we will be paddling from Eagle Harbor to Fay Bainbridge Park (south to north) but this could change with weather.
  • 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 have very little tide variance this day so we will not be helped by any current as in other paddles. 
  • Wind is expected to be light but we will have some wind waves later in the day and freighter wakes.
  • 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 eagle harbor.
  • There is only 2-3 hour parking at the put-in so shuttle is a good idea, they do ticket.

Where does the Paddle Start:

  • Bainbridge Island Waterfront Park next to the boat ramp.

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 at BI Waterfront Park
  • 10:30am – start paddle
  • Noon – Break at Rolling Bay (No Restroom), Depending on Conditions
  • 2 pm – Arrive Fay Bainbridge Park

When is the shuttle?

If you are shuttling your own gear before the tour?

            Take your gear to Bainbridge Island waterfront park. We will be setup 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 Bainbridge 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.


Fay Bainbridge Address:  15446 Sunrise Dr NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

  • 1000am - Check-in Opens at Fay Bainbridge Park 
  • 1100 - 1130am - Mandatory Safety Meeting
  • 1200pm - Depart Fay Bainbridge
  • 200 - 230pm - Rest Stop Yeomalt
  • 400 - 430pm - Rest Stop Pritchard Park
  • 530pm - Arrive Strawberry Park Eagle Harbor
  • 600pm - Shuttle Departs for Fay Bainbridge

* Times are approximations and may vary depending on our group and conditions.

 Paddle Bainbridge 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.

Recommended Paddling Gear:

  • Paddle Leash
  • Spray Skirt
  • First Aid Kit
  • 2 Large Water Bottles
  • Waterproof cases for camera / cell phone
  • Dry Bags
  • Whistle
  • Sunscreen
  • ID

Recommended Paddle Clothing:

  • Short Sleeve and Long Sleeve Synthetic Top
  • Paddling Jacket
  • Paddling Pants
  • Neoprene Booties and or Water Shoes
  • Paddling Gloves
  • Dry Suit (Optional but a good idea)
  • Wet Suit or Neoprene Tops or Bottoms (Optional but a good idea)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses

* 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.

Need to Rent a Kayak or Paddleboard for the Event?

Stand-up paddle-boards, single kayaks and double kayaks are 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 us.

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