Paddle Bainbridge Island

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

To reserve your spot, click event date on the calendar. 

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! 

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 to you before the event.




Thank you to Erinn J. Hale for these photos

Friday, August 15, 2014

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

Paddle Bainbridge Timeline                                 


Day                Time Line            Location                          Activity

Saturday        7:00 AM         Fort Ward Boat Launch      Check-in Open

16-Aug-14     8:00 AM         Fort Ward Boat Launch      Paddlers Meeting

                        8:30 AM         Fort Ward Boat Launch      Paddlers Start

                      11:30 AM        Manzanita Bay 8NM            Lunch Stop

                        3:00 PM         Fay Bay Park 4NM         Paddlers Arrive

                        5:00 PM         Park Shelter              Dinner


Sunday          8:00 AM         Fay Bay Shelter             Breakfast

17-Aug-14     9:00 AM         Fay Bay Shelter             Paddlers Meeting

                      10:00 AM  Fay Bay Shelter             Paddlers Start

                      12:30 PM  Pritchard Park 6NM       Lunch Stop Start and End

                        4:00 PM   Fort Ward 7NM               Paddlers Arrive

Things To Bring

If you bring your own boat and equipment it must meet the following requirements:

  • Flotation in each end of the boat, either with bulkheads and hatches with covers, or float bags.

  • No cracked hatch covers, missing covers, or unsafe hatch systems. You boat must be able to float in case of capsize!

  • Carry handles on each end of the boat.

  • Bow line: 6-12 foot long, nylon cord is okay.

  • Recreational kayaks or open canoes only with proper flotation. Sit on top kayaks okay.

  • All the * items below.

For the Boat (star items are required)

  • ____* Life Jacket (Must meet Coast Guard standards and be worn at all times on the water)

  • ____* Paddle/Oar (as light as possible)

  • ____   Paddle/Oar Leash

  • ____* Spray Skirt  (required for all sit-in boats)

  • ____* Bilge Pump (required for all sit-in boats)

  • ____* Paddle Float (required for all sit-in boats)

  • ____* Whistle (required by Coast Guard)

  • ____   Basic First-Aid Kit

  • ____* Bow Tow Line (12 feet)

  • ____* Two 20-oz. water bottles (or equal hydration pack)

  • ____   Waterproof cases (for cell phone, GPS,VHF, iPod, etc.)

  • ____ * Cell Phone for emergency (at least 1 per group)

  • ____   Dry Bags size 5 and 10 liters for clothes and gear

  • ____   Binoculars

  • ____   Chart Case or large zip lock for days chart

Boating Clothing:

  • ____ Short-sleeve Shirt

  • ____ Long-sleeve Shirt

  • ____ Shorts

  • ____ Tights

  • ____ Wind jacket or paddling jacket

  • ____ Wind pants or paddling pants

  • ____ Dry suit or wetsuit (optional)

  • ____ Tennis shoes, sandals or water shoe, NO flip-flops.

  • ____ Paddling Gloves and/or Poggies

  • ____ Hat

  • ____ Sun Screen

  • ____ Lip balm

  • ____ Sunglasses with strap


  • ____ Camera (you will want to have one of these!)

  • ____ Pocket knife

  • ____ *Personal identification(required by Coast Guard)

  • ____ Cash or Bank Card for waterfront stores

  • ____ Personal Snacks and Drinks

  • ____ Small Tent and overnight gear.


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


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.


Depart from Fort Ward State Park on Bainbridge Island


Saturday meet at Fort Ward State Park. Check-in opens at 7:00 AM


Sunday paddlers return to Fort Ward around 3PM

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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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