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Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails: Ride the Tide

with: Olympic Outdoor Center

Date: Sat June 17, 2017

Calling all boaters and friends of the trail, join us this year to paddle and play at our  National Water Trail celebration. Read More 


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Please Note:
Kayaks must be fully compartmentalized (bulkheads or flotation front & back). Those not renting will also need to bring a life jacket, bilge pump & paddle float.

Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails: Ride the Tide

In June 2014, the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails was designated a national water trail by the National Park Service. This prestigious designation is only one of a handful in the US. Our 371 mile trail encompasses all of the Kitsap Peninsula and is one of the most spectacular paddling destinations in the world.

This fun event is held at the Silverdale Waterfront Park in Old Town Silverdale. Address: 8801 Washington Avenue Northwest Silverdale, WA 98383

For a full list of festival events and additional Info. check out the Water Trail Festival Website:

The optional paddle Ride the Tide paddle starts at Evergreen Park in Bremerton, with stops along the way at Water Trail sites. At each stop paddlers pick up a raffle ticket for a chance at great prizes. The paddle is called Ride the Tide for good reason! We will take advantage of the current in the Port Washington Narrows to provide a significant push for much of the paddle.  The total paddle distance is about 5 miles and will take 2-3 hours to complete.  We will have a optional shuttle available to take you back to Evergreen Park from our final destination in Waterfront Park in Silverdale.


  • Paddle Snack and Drink Pack
  • $5 donation to Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails
  • 5 Raffle tickets
  • Shuttle
  • Access to Kayak and Paddleboard Demo's



Mapquest Link:

  • 9:00am - Registration Opens at Silverdale Waterfront Park
  • 10:00am - Registration Closes at Silverdale and moves to Evergreen Park
  • 10:00am - Shuttle from Silverdale to Evergreen Park in Bremerton

Mapquest Link:

  • 10:30am - Registration Opens at Evergreen Park in Bremerton
  • 11:30am - Registration Closes
  • 11:30am - Mandatory Paddler Safety Meeting
  • 12:00pm - Paddle Begins
  • 12:00am-2pm - Paddle stops at Lions, Tracyton, and Anna Smith Parks
  • 2:00pm - Paddlers gathering and raffle before the official celebration
  • 2pm-2:30pm - Paddle finishes with arrival of Brownsville paddlers
  • 3:00pm - First shuttle back to Evergreen Park (Additional shuttles next 2 hours)

What to Wear:

  • Sun Hat
  • Sun screen & lip balm
  • Comfortable shoes that can get wet
  • Outdoor Clothing that can get wet

What to Bring:

  • All electronics in waterproof cases or double ziplock bags
  • Leave a change of clothes in your car

* We are providing bottled water and snacks

Note: Recreational kayaks (under 12') are not allowed on this paddle. All kayaks must be fully compartmentalized (bulkheads or flotation front & back). You must know how and be able to perform a self rescue. Paddlers who bring their own equipment will also need to bring a Life Jacket, a Bilge Pump and a Paddle Float.

If you are renting a kayak, required safety equipment will included and ready for you at Evergreen Park. Plan to come early to be fit into kayak and issued gear. Take the early shuttle from Silverdale if needed.

Ride the Tide SAFETY:

For the first part of the paddle we will be riding the current through Port Washington Narrows. It will be flowing around 4-5 knots (like a river) which is fast. It is important that we follow the following safety procedures which will be covered in the safety meeting

Note: You will encounter a strong incoming tide that will be pushing us towards silverdale. The tide flows like a river and we expect it to be moving 4-6 mph. There are also the bridge abutments on the Warren Ave Bridge to be avoided. If you are uncomfortable with theses conditions then you may want to start in Tracyton at the boat ramp.

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