Paddle Bainbridge Island

Location:  Bainbridge Island, WA, United States
Starting From: US $109.00

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With views of the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges, the Seattle Skyline, Mount Rainier, Puget Sound islands and wildlife, this trip is one of the best paddles in the northwest. 

The full trip is 26 miles, or 13 miles per day.  You can choose to join for the weekend or just one day, and the trip is open to all human-powered watercraft either on your own or on a guided tour.

If you choose to join the tour, you'll learn about the incredible natural and human history of the area with our fun, knowledgeable guides. The tour includes optional kayak instruction and guidance.

No experience is needed and all ages are welcome.

You can use your own equipment or rent kayaks or standup paddleboards from us.  If you rent from us, we'll bring all the equipment to you on the day of the event. 

Paddle Bainbridge is part of Paddle Washington, our campaign to bring together outdoor enthusiasts from all around Washington. We hope you'll be a part of this movement! 

Paddle Bainbridge has a great partner paddle: Paddle Kitsap, a twenty-mile, overnight trip on August 10-11 from Poulsbo to Silverdale.

Additional Information

All ages are welcome and no experience is needed. 

Kayak, standup paddleboards and all safety equipment are available for rent. 

A Paddler's Handbook with details and a list of suggested items to bring will be e-mailed out before the event.




Thank you to Erinn J. Hale for these photos

Friday, July 11

Optional camping at Fay Bainbridge Park starts at 7:00 pm

Saturday, July 12

Times for 2014 TBD M

Meet, greet and safety talk at Fort Ward Park

Prepare equipment for today's trip

am Depart

Paddle to lunch stop

Paddle from lunch stop to Fay Bainbridge Park

Set up personal camps, walk on the beach with views of Mount Rainier, the Seattle skyline and the Cascade Mountain range, rest and relax 

Delicious dinner overlooking the Puget Sound and Seattle skyline

R&R, optional campfire fun and s'mores

Sunday, July 13

 am Breakfast

Safety talk and plan for the day

Depart from Fay Bainbridge Park

Paddle to lunch stop

Paddle to Fort Ward 

Final gathering, goodbyes and pack up.

Things To Bring

All paddlers must wear a personal flotation device and have a paddle float and bilge pump on their kayak.

Also recommended:

  • Two water bottles full of water
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Shoes that can get wet (neoprene booties, shoes with heel strap or old sneakers)
  • Weather-appropriate clothes (quick drying material: capiline/polypropylene, fleece, Gore-tex and/or wetsuit and drytop)
  • Complete change of clothes in a dry bag secured in your kayak while paddling, including warm hat and clothes
  • Warm jacket, NOT cotton (fleece is best)
  • Wind and waterproof jacket (gore-tex paddle jackets are best)
  • If bringing a camera, put in drybag, 2 zip-lock bags or other waterproof container
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Headlamp
  • Pillow
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Camp clothes: comfortable shoes, warm outerwear
  • Tent


ALL FOOD (two lunches, drinks, Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast, snacks), camping, parking, showers and safety boaters who are on the water at all times.

If you're on the guided tour: one guide per 8-10 people, paddle stroke lesson (or refresher), natural and human history of the area, optional kayak pointers while paddling.


Kayaks, standup paddleboards, paddles, personal flotation devices, bilge pumps and paddle floats are available for rent.

Cancellation Policy

We run tours and classes rain or shine, but if we deem winds to make conditions too dangerous we will reschedule or give a 100% refund.

If you find the date you registered for no longer works:
-Cancellation more than one week in advance: 15% administration fee or reschedule if possible with no fee.
* Cancellation between a week and 48 hours prior to departure date: 25% administration fee or reschedule if possible with no fee.
* Cancellation 24-48 hours prior to departure date: 50% administration fee or reschedule if possible with no fee.
* Cancellation within 24 hours of tour or no-show: sorry, no refunds or reschedules.


We leave July 12 from Fort Ward Park on Bainbridge Island, though camping is available at Fay Bainbridge park the night before.


Saturday, July 12: meet at Fort Ward State Park. Camping is available the night before at Fay Bainbridge Park.


Sunday, July 13 at Fort Ward.

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"Thank you again for scheduling the Saturday outing for our group. It was wonderful, Hawk was an excellent instructor and everyone had a great time, and 4 of us would like to sign up for the SK-2 class this Thursday evening."

~Julia Atwood

"Thank you so much again for the fabulous lesson today! We all had an absolute blast. When Kendall’s mom dropped Kate off at our house this afternoon, the girls were begging us to go tomorrow. They were offering to pay for it, even! I think we’ve got some lifelong SUPers on our hands..."


"I actually went to the shop two weekends ago to buy the boys their wetsuits. They stocked a lot of really great equipment for my kayak building projects. It is good to know that they can order items that are not on the website as well, as I am always looking for parts that are difficult to find sometimes."


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