My name is Jason Learned and welcome to "Northwest Paddling", an online resource for paddling in the Pacific Northwest.

I started paddling in 2009 after purchasing my first boat. I am currently a BCU 4 Star Leader and an ACA L4 Open Water Sea Kayak Instructor.

My hope is that the info on this site allows you to have a safe and enjoyable time on the water.



Baja Festival

This is a rough water event for experienced sea kayakers in Baja Mexico. 2 classes being offered in April 2014!

Lumpy Waters

Use Promo Code Lumpy2014 to save 15% on registration until Feb 3rd. October 10th-12th 2014



This is an awesome course and you should take it. This will elevate your paddling to a new level! June 21-23 2014

Ketron Island (10 NM)

on . Posted in Southern Puget Sound

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.


kayak = Launches  tent = Campsites  poi = Point of Interest

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Disclaimer: All information listed here, is subject to change without notice (and may not be accurate). Fees and/or availability of launches and campsites change frequently. These pages are a guide and should not be viewed as a substitute for careful planning, research and assessment of skills prior to launching.


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