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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Raft Up 2014

Come to Vashon Island, Washington, to break the world’s record for the most kayaks and canoes rafted up in one place on Sunday, August 17th, 2014!

Surf Clinics

August 23rd & 24th 2014, plus more. . .The surf zone is an amazing environment for developing many kayaking skills at once and it can be a fun place to learn!  Improve bracing, balance and edging skills and progress in stroke proficiency. 

BCU Week

2014 West Coast BCU week hosted by Alder Creek Canoe & Kayak will be held Sept 27- Oct 9th on the Northern Oregon Coast. You can get Coaching courses, Canoe, Surf and Whitewater training this year plus 5 STAR SEA TRAINING!


Featured Video

May 10th & 11th 2014. Four of us headed up to Skooks including a Skooks Virgin. The weather was amazing the wave was FANTASTIC!

Recreation Survey

Available From May to September 2014. If you value your coastal recreation and want to ensure long-term protection, taking the survey is your opportunity to participate.

Hobuck Hoedown

Located at beautiful Hobuck Beach in Neah Bay, Washington, the Hobuck Hoedown features phenomenal surfers from across the world. October 4th-5th, 2014

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.

Local Repairs

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Planning Hints

Difficulty: SK IV Distance: 15 NM
Chart(s): NOAA 18448, SeaTrails WA203 Launch: Gig Harbor Boat Ramp


Tide Info:

  • Gig Harbor (Tides)
  • Gig Harbor Entrance (Currents)
  • Narrows North (Currents)
  • Point Evans (Currents)
  • Narrows South (Currents)




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.