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Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails Festival: Ride the Tide June 24

with: Olympic Outdoor Center

Calling all paddlers and friends of the water trail, join us this year to paddle and play as we celebrate the National Water Trail designation. The paddle, Ride the Tide will be on Saturday June 24th. Read more 

Number of Participants:
Equipment Rental:

Please Note:
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.

Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails Festival: Ride the Tide June 24

In June 2014, the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail was designated a National Water Trail by the National Park Service, one of only a handful in the country. Our 371 mile trail encompasses all of the Kitsap Peninsula and is one of the most spectacular paddling destinations in the world. Come out and join us as we celebrate the wonderful, majestic and diverse natural resources the peninsula has to offer.

The Ride the Tide paddle is about six miles and will take 2-3 hours to complete. Starting at Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton on the Port Washington Narrows, the first mile or so is a fast ride through the narrows on the incoming tide. The remainder of the paddle, about 5 miles, takes place on Dyes Inlet. Before we reach the beach we will rendezvous with other paddlers including the family paddle, triathlon event paddlers, and other paddling enthusiasts for the procession to the beach lead by our local native american tribal canoes and the opening ceremony for the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail Festival at the Silverdale Waterfront Park.

Looking for something a bit simpler? Join us for the family paddle, an approximately two mile paddle from Silverdale Waterfront Park around the north end of the bay and back.

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:

  • Water & Snack Pack
  • $5 donation to Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails
  • Shuttle to/from Bremerton launch
  • Access to Kayak and Paddleboard Demos

Paddlers receive five tickets to a raffle drawing and the chance to win a Kitsap Water Trails Family Weekend Getaway which includes an overnight stay at Oxford Suites Silverdale, a lovely gift basket filled local products, gift cards for dinning, gear and a kayak rental - a $400 value! Raffle will be held after the paddle and winner must be present. Sponsored by Visit Kitsap Peninsula.


  • 9:00am - Shuttle check-in opens at the Silverdale Boat Ramp.
  • 10:45am - Silverdale Shuttle Check-in Closed
  • 11:00am - Shuttle Departs from Silverdale to Bremerton
  • 12:00pm - Check-in opens at Evergreen Park
  • 12:45pm - Evergreen Check-in Closes
  • 1:00pm - Mandatory Paddler Safety Talk
  • 1:30pm - LAUNCH! Paddlers depart Evergreen Park
  • 4:30pm - Paddlers rendezvous on water for procession into Silverdale
  • 5:00pm - Water Trail Ceremony followed by Raffle

Where to Meet:

Silverdale Waterfront Park: 3337 NW Byron St., Silverdale, WA 98383

Unload your boat and equipment at the boat ramp then find a place to park your car. This may be several blocks away so give yourself plenty of time. A shuttle will be available to take you and your equipment from Silverdale to the launch at Evergreen Park in Bremerton.

Evergreen Rotary Park: 1500 Park Ave., Bremerton, WA 98337

A shuttle will be available to take you and your equipment back from Silverdale to Evergreen Park in Bremerton after the event.

What to Wear:

  • Sun Hat
  • Sun screen & lip balm
  • Comfortable shoes that can get wet
  • Outdoor Clothing that can get wet

What to Bring:

  • All electronics in waterproof cases or double ziplock bags
  • Leave a change of clothes in your car

* We are providing bottled water and snacks but you will want to bring your own if you have allergies or specific needs.

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 us.

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.

Ride the Tide Safety Considerations:

For the first part of the paddle we will be riding the current through Port Washington Narrows. It will be flowing around 4-5 knots which is fast, like a river. It is important that we follow the following safety procedures which will be covered in the safety meeting. There are also the bridge abutments on the Warren Ave Bridge to be avoided. If you are uncomfortable with theses conditions then you may want to join the Family Paddle from Silverdale Waterfront Park instead.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need to Register?
Yes, this is a supported paddle and all participants must register whether using your own equipment or our rentals.
Who can Paddle in the Event?
Anyone with an adequate human powered craft. (Kayak, Canoe, Paddleboard, etc.) Your craft must meet coast guard requirements and you can not exceed manufacturer limits. We want to make sure everyone is in a sea worthy craft and has fun.
Can I bring alcohol?
NO, this is a family friendly event, the coast guard will be there, and state and federal laws do not allow you to drink and paddle.