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