Paddle Kitsap

Location:  Silverdale, WA, United States
Starting From: US $109.00

(To book your trip, click the day(s) you want to join on the calendar).

Paddle Kitsap is an amazing experience! The community of people, the location, the challenge and the good food make this a trip to remember.

This year the trip is 20 nautical miles, from Silverdale to Poulsbo. We take care of all the food, shuttles, transporting your equipment and other details so you can enjoy the trip. We'll stop regularly for snacks and breaks, then we'll camp and have dinner and relaxation at Illahee State Park.

Paddlers of all ages and experience levels enjoy this trip. One paddler said of Paddle Kitsap:

"I hadn't kayaked much before this and was convinced I'd have to be taken off the course. But I made it, and it was an amazing experience! Such a friendly group of people and a beautiful location. I can't wait to do it again next year!"  

This year we have a Short Course Option available if you want to join for just one day.

If you are not up for the full paddle there will be a take-out including shuttle back to the days start location. Price of the event is the same.

Registration Options:

Paddle Kitsap Registration (Both Days) Includes:

  1. Breakfast day 2, lunch day 1 and 2, dinner day 1
  2. Rest stops with snacks and drinks
  3. Paddle Kitsap logo keepsake
  4. Shuttle
  5. Camping
  6. Parking
  7. Laminated chart of paddling course

Kayak or Standup Paddleboard Rentals:

Standup paddleboards and single and double kayaks are available to rent for the event. All rentals include boat/board, 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. You do not need to do anything but get fitted to your equipment and paddle! 

Additional Information

Kayak Rental Cost

Want to do Paddle Kitsap but don't have your own boat? Or are you thinking of buying a kayak but need to try one out? We have plastic and fiberglass single and double kayaks for rent! Kayak rentals include personal flotation devices (PFD), paddles, spray skirt, bilge pump, paddle float, and transportation of the boat and equipment to and from the event locations.

Rental rates for the event:

Single Models: give us your specific size and weight and we'll fit you with the best model for you. One day rental: $75. Two day rental: $89

Single Kayak

Double Models: Necky Amaruk. One day rental: $90. Two day rental: $99Double Kayak rental

If you want to pay by check, you can mail payment to us, but please make sure you include the full names of everyone you're registering, program registering for, your phone number, e-mail address, any rentals you'd like, and ages of youth you're registering.

Checks can be mailed to:


Attn: Programs

PO Box 236

Port Gamble, WA 98364

Day 1: Silverdale to Illahee State Park, approximately 9 miles.

We'll start at the Silverdale waterfront with a welcome and safety talk, then we'll launch from the beach. After about an hour, we'll take a short break at Tracyton Boat Ramp. Then we'll paddle to Evergreen Park for lunch along the Washington narrows and Bremerton. After lunch we will paddle the remaining 4 miles to Illahee state park for our overnight stay.

We'll take your camping equipment in our shuttle van to Illahee State Park, and after you set up camp we'll provide a hearty, delicious dinner for you.

Day 2:  Illahee State Park to Poulsbo, approximately 11 miles.

We'll leave Sunday morning and paddle to Brownsville Marina where we'll stop for a snack and bathroom break, then to Keyport Marina for lunch. After a hearty lunch we will paddle the remaing 2 miles to Poulsbo and the end of the trip.

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Things To Bring

What to Bring Your Boat in the following condition:

  • Flotation in each end of the boat either bulk headed hatches with covers or float bags.

  • No cracked hatch covers missing covers or unsafe hatch systems. Boat must be able to float in case of capsize.

  • Carry handles on each end of the boat.

  • Bow and Stern lines - 12 foot long, nylon cord OK.

  • Recreational kayaks or open canoes only if provided with proper flotation. Sit on top kayaks OK.

  • All the * items below.

For the Boat (star items are required)

  • ____* Life Jacket(Must wear at all times on the water)

  • ____* Paddle/Oar (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)

  • ____* Stern Tow Line (12 feet)

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

  • ____Waterproof cases (cell phone, GPS,VHF, iPod, etc.)

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

  • ____Dry Bags size 5 and 10 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.


Paddle Kitsap two day registration includes:

1 Breakfast, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Rest Stops
Snacks and drinks
Laminated chart of course


Paddle Kitsap does not include:
* Kayak and kayaking equipment (rentals are available--we will deliver kayaks and all equipment to you at Paddle Kitsap)
* Camping equipment and overnight gear
* Showers are $1 for three minutes ~ tokens can be purchased at the campground.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Refunds, less a processing fee of $25 for paddler registrations, will be issued to those who submit a cancellation by July 15. Click to Submit Cancellation request.

From July 16 to July 25
Refunds less a $50 fee for paddler registrations will be issued to those who submit a cancellation. Click to Submit Cancellation request

After July 25th
No refunds and no transfers after July 25th. Transfers of registration will not be allowed.

Please submit cancellation letters to:
Paddle Kitsap, c/o Olympic Outdoor Center, PO Box 236, Port Gamble, WA 98364
or e-mails to: Click to Submit Cancellation email

Questions? Contact us Olympic at (360) 297-4659 or


August 9-10, 2014


Check in Saturday morning at the Silverdale Waterfront.


A Shuttle will be provided for the whole trip to pick and drop off paddlers.

Additional Locations

Poulsbo, WA, United States

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~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..."


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