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Welcome to "Northwest Paddling", your online resource for paddling in the Pacific Northwest.

My name is Jason Learned and I am a BCU 4 Star Leader and an ACA L4 Open Water Sea Kayak Instructor.

Here you will find a network of information relating to safety, skills, camping, equipment, and local events.

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WWTA Dinner & Auction

Through April 16th WWTA is auctioning off a number of fun and unique items through their Online Auction. You can also attend their Annual Dinner & Silent Auction on April 18th in Seattle. 

Hobuck Hoedown

Coming October 2015. The Hoedown is 2-day Surf Kayaking Festival at beautiful Hobuck Beach in Neah Bay, WA. Surfing, Camping, Cabins, Good food and Good Vibes!


Film & Kayak Festival

April 18th & 19th, a world class event with that small town charm. Highlighting and promoting ALL categories of paddling, from sea and lake to river and surf. 

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Deception Pass is famous for its swift waters, whirlpools, boils and sheer beauty. Every once in a while the right conditions set up to transform it into a playfield of steep and tall waves that propel you fast enough to lift your stomach into your throat!


2015 Coastal Cleanup

April 25, 2015 Washington CoastSavers will be cleaning many of your favorite beaches for the Washington Coast Cleanup. See this map to find a beach you and your friends may want to clean!


Learn 2 Paddle

The WKC is putting on a Basic Sea Kayak Course June 5th-7th 2015 at Coronet Bay, in Deception Pass State Park. The course will provide a safe and fun introduction to the sport of sea kayaking.

Lumpy Waters

Lumpy is a three day (Oct 10th-12th 2014) celebration of sea kayaking with coaching aimed at advanced beginners, early intermediates, and advanced level sea paddlers looking to improve their skills on the beautiful Oregon Coast.

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Planning Hints

Difficulty: SK II+ Distance: 10 NM
Chart(s): NOAA 18448, SeaTrails WA204 Launch: Chambers Creek


Tide Info:

  • Steilacoom, Cormorant Passage (Tides)
  • Gibson Pt (Currents)


This is a fantastic south sound trip. You will explore a the quant waterfront own of Steilacoom on your way out to Ketron Island. There are no bathrooms at the launch but there are 3 places you can sop along the way for a restroom break: Sunnyside Park, Steilacoom Boat Launch, and Saltars Beach.  Ketron Island is a Private Island so landing on the island is not allowed so plan your breaks accordingly. Ketron Island is exposed to long fetches so windy days should be avoided and times of spring tides.