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Port Townsend Sea Kayaking

Port Townsend Bay, Puget Sound

Hood Canal + Eastern Olympic Peninsula, Washington

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  • Kayaking near The Port Townsend Paper Corporation.- Port Townsend Sea Kayaking
  • Kayaking toward Port Townsend. Boats in the barckground are part of the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival.- Port Townsend Sea Kayaking
  • Kayaking in Port Townsend Bay.- Port Townsend Sea Kayaking
  • Sailing on Port Townsend Bay.- Port Townsend Sea Kayaking
  • The Tyler Street beach access.- Port Townsend Sea Kayaking
  • Kayaking under the Madison Street pier.- Port Townsend Sea Kayaking
  • A couple walks along the beach toward the Point Wilson Lighthouse.- Port Townsend Sea Kayaking
  • Landing on the beach at Fort Warden State Park.- Port Townsend Sea Kayaking
  • Looking through a window of an abanoned bunker in Fort Warden.- Port Townsend Sea Kayaking
  • The sun shines through the trees at Fort Warden State Park.- Port Townsend Sea Kayaking
  • A cairn sits to the southeast of the Point Wilson Lighthouse.- Port Townsend Sea Kayaking
  • Prepping the kayaks for the return trip.- Port Townsend Sea Kayaking
  • A large wooden boat off the Northwest Maritime Center.- Port Townsend Sea Kayaking
  • Kayaking southwest outside of Port Townsend.- Port Townsend Sea Kayaking
  • Kayking under the ferry terminal pier.- Port Townsend Sea Kayaking
  • Kayaking southwest in Port Townsend Bay- Port Townsend Sea Kayaking
  • Looking west as the sun sets over the Quimper Peninsula.- Port Townsend Sea Kayaking
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Charming town. Lighthouse. Seals.
Cons: 
Lots of boat traffic. Ferry traffic. Water can be difficult to navigate around points.
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Region:
Hood Canal + Eastern Olympic Peninsula, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Site characteristics: Water: 
Sound/Strait
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Washington Discovery Pass
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
12.00 mi (19.31 km)
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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Located on the northeastern tip of the tip of the Olympic Peninsula, Port Townsend serves as a charming backdrop for a colorful kayaking adventure.

Originally settled in 1851, many of Port Townsend's now historic buildings were built after the completion of a railroad connecting Port Townsend to Tacoma and with the hope that the town would become one of the largest port towns on the West Coast. The failure of the Northern Pacific Railroad to build the connection caused many of the town's residents to settle elsewhere. The construction of the paper mill in the 1920s was a much needed boon to the local economy. Today, Port Townsend is known for its love of local arts, local beer, and boats.

The abandoned Fort Warden (which was built in conjunction with Fort Casey and Fort Flagler to create an artillery "triangle of fire" defense against a naval invasion) serves a great kayaking launch point. The waters in Admiralty Inlet to the south can get a little rough at times, but rounding the bend at Point Hudson can provide protection from the waves. Once around the point, there are several piers to paddle under and around. There are a couple of beaches which serve a great landings to explore the town. Further down the coast is the paper mill, and beyond that is Fort Townsend State Park. Across Port Townsend Bay sit Marrowstone and Indian islands.

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