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Kitsap Peninsula National Water Trails: Ride the Tide Rendevous June 16, 2018

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Join the 2018 Ride the Tide Rendezvous to celebrate the Kitsap Peninsula National Water Trails. You may join the guided ride using your own gear at no charge or sign-up to rent gear from Olympic. We are 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 16th, 2018. Read more 


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 National Water Trails: Ride the Tide Rendevous June 16, 2018

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.

This Event is FREE if you have your own watercraft, so bring friends and family for a fun and relaxing day out on the water! Fees are charges for kayak and paddleboard rentals, shuttle ($20/person), and snack pack ($5/Person).

The Ride the Tide paddle is about six miles and will take 2-3 hours to complete. Starting at the Tracyton Boat Ramp, we will paddle through the Port Washington Narrows with the current and finish at the boat ramp in Port Orchard.

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

To view the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails Map click here:

Our Sponsors(Please Thank Them):

What's Included:

  • Water & Snack Pack
  • $5 donation to Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails
  • Shuttle to/from Port Orchard launch
  • Water Trail Celebration


  • 8:00am - Shuttle check-in opens at the Port Orchard Boat Launch on Bay Street. Click Address: 533-537 Bay St, Port Orchard, WA 98366
  • 8:45am - Port Orchard Shuttle Check-in Closed
  • 9:00am - Shuttle Departs from Port Orchard to Tracyton
  • 9:30am - Check-in opens at Tracyton Boat Ramp
  • 10:15am - Tracyton Check-in Closes
  • 10:30am - Mandatory Paddler Safety Talk
  • 11:00am - LAUNCH! Paddlers depart for Evergreen Park
  • 1:00 - 1:30pm - Paddlers arrive Port Orchard
  • 2:00 - 2:30pm Water Trail Celebration at the Park
  • 3:00 - Shuttle Back to Tracyton

Where to Meet:

Port Orchard Boat Launch (if you plan on using the shuttle): 533 Bay St, Port Orchard, WA 98366

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 Port Orchard to the launch at Tracyton.

Tracyton Boat Launch, 701 NW Tracy Ave, Bremerton, WA 98311

The paddle will start from here at 11am. There is limited parking so please plan on parking in Port Orchard that morning to use our free shuttle. A shuttle will be available to take you and your equipment back from Port Orchard to Tracyton 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. Due to the challenge of the course Recreational Kayaks (10 feet and under) or kayaks without proper bow and stern flotation will not be allowed. Does it float or sink if capsized?

Ride the Tide Safety Considerations:

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. 

We will be crossing the ferry lane in Bremerton. In order to do so in an orderly and safe manner we will group up and paddle straight across the lane together.

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 and state and federal laws do not allow you to drink and paddle.

Is there a shuttle to get me and my boat back to my car before or after the paddle?

          Yes, there is a shuttle for paddlers before and after the event. Most paddlers want their car at the end but there is adequate parking in both locations. Shuttle price is included in rentals, otherwise shuttle is $20.

What if I am renting equipment, where do I meet?

          All of your equipment (Boat/Board, PFD, paddle,safety gear) will be at the putin in Tracyton, so meet us in tracyton. If you want your car in Port Orchard, drive to Port Orchard and  take the shuttle back to Tracyton with us before the trip.

What makes this event free for paddlers with equipment?

           Sponsors. Our main sponsor Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail Alliance which is run by Kitsap County and Visit Kitsap are providing funds to cover our costs. Please reach out to them to thank them for their generosity.

Check back here often for more answers to FAQ's.