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Calling all kayakers: It’s time to Ride the Tide By LESLIE KELLY

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It’s the perfect way to celebrate the water. That’s what John Kuntz says about the Water Trail Festival and the Ride the Tide paddle. In its second year, the festival begins on June 18, with the paddle beginning at 11 a.m. “The whole point of the festival is to celebrate our access to the water,” said Kuntz, an organizer of the paddle. “Here in Kitsap County, anyone can have have access to the water along the trail and that improves the quality of life.” 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 U.S. The 371-mile trail encompasses all of the Kitsap Peninsula and is one of the most spectacular paddling destinations in the world, Kuntz said. The Ride the Tide paddle begins in Bremerton at Evergreen Park. Expected again this year to lead the ride are County Commissioners Ed Wolfe and Rob Gelder. Kurtz has put a challenge out to any of the mayors of cities in Kitsap County that if they’ll participate, he’ll provide the kayaks. So, you may just see a few mayors paddling, too. Kurtz is expecting about 100 paddlers. “That’s the number we had last year,” he said. “But if you’re talking about the

Paddlers from last year’s Water Trail Festival hold their paddles above their heads signifying the end of the race. More than 100 people are expected on the water. Contributed photo crowd at the festival, itself, that’s more like 600.” The festival is at the Silverdale Waterfront Park in Old Town Silverdale, 8801 Washington Ave. NW, Silverdale. Kayaking is a popular sport in Kitsap County, Kuntz said. He is the owner of Olympic Outdoors sports centers. “I’m sure there are 10,000 or more kayakers in the county,” he said. “I think I’ve sold at least 5,000 boats in the 30 years I’ve been in business.” Those who will be on the water will be looking for the newly added signs on the trail. The signs are a white background with a setting sun and a kayakers in silhouette in blue. “We’ve got about 50 of them up,” he said. “And we’ll be putting up more.” The signs will correspond to an online map where individuals can locate where they are or where they want to kayak, and then there’ll be a popup telling them what facilities are located at that point

on the trail and what there is to do nearby. “We’ve had great cooperation from the port districts in the area, and the county, and the tribes,” Kuntz said. “We have an alliance that looks after the trail.” The 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,” said Kuntz. “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 five miles and will take two to three hours to complete.” Representatives of the Suquamish Tribe, including Youth Royalty and members of Suquamish Song & Dance will be on the waterways, to escort in kayakers and welcome them in a traditional way. It is customary in Salish culture

for the first peoples of the land to welcome visitors to their home shores by greeting them on the water and giving them permission to come ashore. The Kitsap Peninsula is the traditional territory of the Suquamish People, according to April Leigh, communication coordinator for the Tribe. Kitsap Peninsula and Chico Creek are named after famous Suquamish leaders, she said. At the end point, at the Silverdale Waterfront, there will be an optional shuttle available to take participants back to Evergreen Park. Ride the Tide includes a paddle snack and drink pack, $5 donation to Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails, five raffle tickets, shuttle ride and access to kayak and paddle board demonstrations at the festival. Here’s the timeline for the day: •10:00 a.m. –Registration opens at Evergreen Park in Bremerton •11:00 a.m.– Registration

closes •11:30 a.m. – Mandatory paddler safety meeting •Noon – Paddle begins, paddle stops at Lions, Tracyton, and Anna Smith parks, ending at Silverdale at noon •1:30 p.m. – Paddlers gathering and raffle before the official celebration •3:00 p.m.– First shuttle back to Evergreen Park (additional shuttles next two hours) Here’s what to wear and bring: •Sun hat •Sun screen and lip balm •Comfortable shoes that can get wet •Outdoor clothing that can get wet •All electronics in waterproof cases or double ziplock bags •Leave a change of clothes in your car For more information,

go to Kuntz’s business website at www.olympicoutdoorcenter.com, or checkout 18743 Front St. NE in Poulsbo, phone 360297-4659. There are locations in Port Gamble and Silverdale, too. Also on Saturday in Poulsbo, enjoy “Midsommarfest” from noon to 11 p.m. It’s free and will include two for one moorage at the Port of Poulsbo, a free fishing derby, toy boat building for kids, Touch-a-Truck, live music and traditional Norwegian activities. All this takes place at the Muriel Williams Waterfront Park. Sponsored by the local Sons of Norway, join in the Scandinavian tradition of the Summer Solstice. Enjoy folk dancing, meet Norwegian and Icelandic dogs, partake of traditional Norwegian cuisine at the lodge, 18891 Front St., (3:30 – 6:30 p.m.) and other activities. Enjoy a Viking Parade and Midsummer proclamation by Sons of Norway Vikings. At noon, materials will be available for flower crown making. At 1:30 p.m. the raising of Maistang (midsommar pole) will take place, along with dancing by the Poulsbo Leikarringen. The lighting of the bon fire will be at dusk.

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Looking for something fun to do with dad on Father’s Day? How about going on a safe, fun paddle or row with added benefit of possibly winning one of a number of great free prizes? If so, consider taking part in the second Keys to Keyport Fun Paddle on June 19. Paddlers can choose to paddle from Brownsville to nearby Keyport (about 3.5 miles), or from Poulsbo to Keyport which is about one mile shorter. Both groups will be accompanied by safety boats. The U.S. Power Squadron will provide the safety boat for the Poulsbo group; the Port of Brownsville will provide both a safety boat, registered nurse and an escort vessel for its group. Poulsbo’s Sons of Norway Vikings are expected to travel in a longboat from Poulsbo to Keyport in complete gear, including horned helmets. The Keyport Mercantile will provide free ice cream cones to all of the paddlers. In addition, all entrants will be given free tickets to the drawing that will take place at Keyport once both groups arrive. Keyport merchants’ prizes include a free pizza party from Keyport Mercantile, overnight stays at Grandview Gardens B&B in Keyport and dinner at Casa Mexico. Poulsbo merchants that are providing

prizes for the drawing include Sogno di Vino, Kitsap Mosaics, Cups, the Slippery Pig, Tizley’s, Hot Shots Java, Sluy’s Bakery, Bluewater Artworks, Blue Heron Jewelry Company and Marina Market. Both ports require kayakers to register, sign a waiver, and attend a safety briefing before departure. At Brownsville, the safety briefing will be at 10 a.m. in the Brownsville Yacht Club. The group will leave Brownsville at 10:30 a.m. Because it is a shorter paddle, the Poulsbo safety meeting will be at the public boat launch at 10:30 a.m. and the group will leave at 11 a.m. Both groups will meet in Keyport for the drawing, to enjoy a meal at one of the three Keyport restaurants and to attend the nearby Naval Undersea Museum. Brownsville will be providing free transportation back to Brownsville for both paddlers and their kayaks or canoes if they don’t want to paddle back to Brownsville. To register, or for more information go to www.watertrailsfestival.com or contact: Port of Brownsville, 360-6275498, pob@portofbrownsville.org; Port of Keyport, 360-627-0594, Keyport@ wavecable.com; or Port of Poulsbo 360779-9905, ext. 2, office@portofpoulsbo. com.

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Here’s the schedule for the 2016 Water Trail Festival There’s a plethora of things to do this weekend at the Water Trail Festival in Silverdale and throughout Kitsap County. 2016 Water Trails Festival Schedule • 9 a.m-10 p.m.: Registration, Silverdale Waterfront. • 10 a.m.: Ride the Tide Paddlers Shuttle Bus, Silverdale Waterfront. • Noon: Ride the Tide paddle begins, Evergreen Park, Bremerton • Noon: Suquamish Tribal Canoe leads paddlers, Evergreen Park, Bremerton. Kayakers get ready to put their kayaks in the water prior to last year’s Water Trail Festival. More than 100 • 9:45 - 10 a.m.: kayakers are expected to join in the Ride the Tide Saturday. Contributed photo Gathering for Opening Ceremony, Color Guard/ National Anthem Nita • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Picnic Games by Poulsbo, Miss Kitsap will be around the Songbird, Port of Silverdale waterfront. Olympic College, near boat launch boat. stage area. • 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Entertainment on • 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Suquamish • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Touch Tank and the stage at the waterfront. Canoe escorts the Ride The Tide to Peer the Pier, on the Pier, Hula Kai • 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Cash Brewing on shore, Silverdale Waterfront. Adventures, Kayak and paddle board Byron Street, open for food and drinks. • 2 to 3 p.m.: Burlap and three-legged demos by Olympic Outdoor Center. • 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Food vendors in races, grassy area, boat launch. • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Clown Capers at the food court located beside Olympic • 3 to 3:30 p.m.: Water Gladiator, the vendor area, also face painting, balOutdoor Center rentals; educational near boat launch. loon tying. booths, games. • 3 to 7 p.m.: Games continue on the • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: U.S. Coast Guard •10 -11:20 a.m.: Miss Silverdale, Miss grassy area. on the pier for USCG boat tours.

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• 10 a.m.: Zoomba. • 10:30 a.m.: Northwest School of Dance. • 11:30 a.m.: Silverdale Halau. • 12:30 p.m.: CSTOCK theater. • 1 to 1:30 p.m.: Zak Sherman, story telling. • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (dependent on the tide): Suquamish Royalty arrive for Tribal Blessing, Silverdale Waterfront. Speakers include Leonard Forsman, Chairman, Suquamish Tribe; Kitsap County Commissioners Ed Wolfe and Charlotte Garrido; John Kuntz, Olympic Outdoor; and Tom Taylor. • 2:30 p.m.: Brian “Buck” Ellard, country band. • 3:30 p.m.: Team GoldMeister, body building. • 4 p.m.: Lucas Rose Band, classic rock. • 5 p.m.: Team GoldMeister, body building. • 5:30 p.m.: Sweet T & Justice, rhythm and blues band. Anyone is welcome at the Water Trail Festival. There is no requirement that you get in the water. There is no cost to attend. Many of the demonstrations and children’s events are free.

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Rowing becomes an obsession for Clam Island club For some members, it’s up and on the water by 5:30 a.m. By LESLIE KELLY

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Three mornings a week, Bridget Burke is up and on the water by 5:30 a.m. She calls it “an obsession.” Just like the other 39 members of the Clam Island Rowing club, rowing is in her blood. “It’s just the place I want to be all of the time,” Burke said. “It is truly an obsession. I can’t stop.” Burke has been part of the group since 2012. An off shoot of the Kitsap Sailing and Rowing Foundation, she was an accomplished sailer and want- Members of the Clam Island Rowing club get in a good practice row recently. They will row ed to give rowing a try. in the Ride the Tide Saturday. Contributed photo “We found a coach and we just

Those who make it out on the water in the early morning hours to row get to see the sunrise over Silverdale. Contributed photo started learning,” she said. “There was a group of about five of us. And it’s grown from there.” The group uses boats owned by the Port of Silverdale, which it leases from them. Burke calls it a great partnership. Members take the boats out on the water at the Silverdale waterfront 11 times each week. Some are high school student rowers, some are novice, and some masters. They go in boats made for four and for eight rowers in sweep. Sweep rowing is where each rower uses one oar. Sweep rowers typically row in boats ranging from two, four or eight rowers. Larger boats often times have a coxswain steering the boat. The Clam Island group does have one team that performs sculling. In sculling, each rower has two oars. These boats tend to be smaller with one, two or four rowers. Sculling boats do not have coxswains. The rowing season is from April to “almost November,” Burke said. Besides her group that is a master’s group and rows in the early morning, there are master’s groups on the

The rowers with Clam Island Rowing club pose along the Silverdale waterfront for a group photo. Contributed photo

“We’ll get in the water after they’ve already taken off and we’ll hang back a bit. We travel faster than the kayakers. But we’ll be there to be part of the group.”  — Bridget Burke, rower water Tuesday and Thursday evenings and on Saturday; novice rowers on Wednesday and Friday evenings, and student rowers on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays after school. Burke wouldn’t give up her morning rowing for anything. Her group includes four of its original five members, all women under 5 feet 2 inches tall. “It’s so beautiful on the water that early in the morning,” she said. “It’s spectacular. It’s the best water of the day. And when we begin in March, it’s dark when we go out and we get to row into the sunrise.” She calls rowing a sport “for all, young and old.” “Our members range in age from eighth graders to people in their 70s,” she said.

“It’s physically demanding,” she said. “And it’s mentally challenging. You want to have the perfect stroke, but at the same time you have to match everybody else’s stroke.” Staying with the same group of rowers is the best option, she said. But that’s not always possible. “People go on vacations, or have things come up and they can’t row every time their group is scheduled,” she said. “You just have to work around that.” As for those who have never rowed, Burke said “try it.” “Give it a try,” she said, noting that once a year there’s a National Rowing Day where the club take a couple of hours to walk anyone through the basics. The group also is competitive and races in a number of regattas each season. They host the Bill Richards Memorial Regatta each August,

Dues are $150 per season, and guest rowers can give it a try twice without paying anything. The group is seeking more members and hopes to add more boats soon. “One of our former members now lives in Denmark and she’s let us know she’s coming back this summer and wants to row with us,” Burke said. “We’ve had members from many places. One of our current coaches is a Navy rower, and we’ve had Navy people join from all over — Minnesota and Kansas.” They’ve also had a three of their young rowers go on to row with college teams and one made it to the national tournament. What makes rowing on interesting sport for Burke is that it combines physical and mental abilities.

named for a member whom they lost a few years ago. At the Water Trail Festival, the Clam Island Rowers will join in with kayakers who are traveling in the Ride the Tide from Bremerton to Silverdale on the morning of June 18. “We’ll get in the water after they’ve already taken off and we’ll hang back a bit,” she said, “We travel faster than the kayakers. But we’ll be there to be part of the group.” For more go to www.clamislandrowing.com. The group is named for Clam Island, a small island in Dyes Inlet. It is below water most of the time and can only be walked on at extreme low tides. Did you know: Since the earliest recorded references to rowing, the sporting element has been present. An Egyptian funerary inscription of 1430 B.C. records that the warrior Amenhotep (Amenophis) II was also renowned for his feats of oarsmanship.


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Olympic Kayak Club set to be in Ride the Tide By LESLIE KELLY

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You may not notice them. But the 34 members of the Olympic Kayak Club will be among the kayakers out on the water on June 18 at Ride the Tide. The group, which has been around for many years in some form or another, is participating in the Water Trail Festival for the second year. “We’ll split up in two groups,” said Hank Allen, director of the Olympic Kayak Club. “Some of us will start at the Port of Brownsville and others will take off from Evergreen Park in Bremerton.” And along the way, they’ll have members at the Port of Tracyton, Lions and Anna Smith parks to hand out “poker cards” which kayakers can redeem for rewards once they reach Silverdale. Additionally, the group will participate the following day in the Keys to Keyport paddle which will take them from Poulsbo to Keyport. “On Saturday, we’ll just be dressed in our usual with yellow and orange safety caps on our heads,” said Allen. “But Sunday we’ll have on our Viking helmets and braids.” Allen joined the kayak club in 2008. After a 30-year career in the Army and the Army Reserve, plus a civilian job in electronic data services, he decided he wanted to get out on the water.

water in a safe manner,” Allen said. “We want to make sure those on the water are doing it safely using the right techniques and the right equipment.” They encourage folks to never paddle alone and to wear bight colored hats so boaters will see them. “We sit so low to the water, boaters sometimes don’t see us,” he said. “We stay close to the shore and try to be highly visible.” Club members also help to keep spots along the Water Trail route clean by picking up trash. And they have potlucks at which spouses and family can attend. “We are good stewards of the environment around us,” he said. Another thing they help with is the Water Trails itself. “We engage with the county, the Washington Water Trails Association and the local water trails as a way to promote economic interest in Kitsap County,” he said. “And it is important to us to keep public access to the water. More and more is getting closed off to private ventures. We want to make sure access remains public.” To find out more about the group, go to www.olympickayakclub.com.

Some members of the Olympic Kayak Club poses after a recent adventure for a group photo. The club is out on the water just about every weekend. Contributed photo

“When I retired in 2000, there were two things on my ‘To Do’ list. One was coach soccer and the other was get out on the water.” — Hank Allen, kayaker

“When I retired in 2000, there were two things on my ‘To Do’ list,” he said. “One was help coach soccer, which I did in South Kitsap until 2008. The other was get out on the water. So, I took up paddling. His wife doesn’t paddle and neither do his children. So he sought out the club as a way to find kayaking partners. “At the time, the club was known for its Puget Sound Challenge — 150 nautical miles in a year,” he said. “We don’t do that anymore, but for the first three years I finished it.” The challenge was a pre-determined course which members would take in small bites from spring to fall each year. It ran from Port Townsend to Port Allen in 10- to 15- mile segments. “We’d get a group in the water and go 10 to 15 miles,” he said. “There were never any real paper forms to it. We trusted everyone to keep their own miles.” The group got smaller and the challenge went by the wayside. But last year when the Water Trail Festival began, the club decided to take part in it. The club wants to attract more members — anyone of any age who wants to be on the water and paddle. Dues are $25 for individuals and $35 for a family. Currently, most their members are in their 50s, 60s and 70s. “Our focus is really recreation and enjoying each other’s companionship on the

Left: A club member paddles along the water. Right: A member of the Olympic Kayak Club makes her way through the narrow Ballard Locks in Seattle. Contributed photo

Help fill the bus with food

Before you head out the door to attend the Water Trails Festival on June 18, grab a few canned goods or non-perishable food items. And when you get the to festival, look for the school bus. “We’re going to try to fill the bus with food,” said Eva McLaughlin, spokesperson for the backpack food drive. “We need all kinds of items that can be used for meals

and for snacks.” McLaughlin said the items will be given to school children in the Central Kitsap School District through the “backpack” program. Each year from September to June, students who are registered in the free and reduced school lunch program get to take home food supplies for the weekend. Then, when the weekend

rolls around, they can use the food they get on Friday to make it through the weekend. “It’s usually enough for a few meals for a family of four, and some snacks,” McLaughlin said. Items that are needed include canned fruits and vegetables, tuna, soups, peanut butter, boxed cereal, crackers and any other good sources of protein.

Individual snack items, such as fruit roll ups, chips and juice boxes are also needed. A CKSD bus will be parked from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 18 at the waterfront Park and volunteers with the program will be accepting donations. They will also take cash donations. “We’re excited and we’re hoping to fill that bus,” she said.


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There’s more under the water than you think By LESLIE KELLY

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It’s only the second Kitsap Water Trail Festival. But Jim Gunderson’s dive under the water has already become a tradition. At the Water Trail Festival on June 18, Gunderson plans to go underwater at Silverdale with a GoPro camera and a mask with a communication device so that he can describe what he’s seeing. There will be a monitor on shore where people can view what he’s doing. “We’ll start near the surface and look at two different species of mussels,” he said. “As we go deeper, we’ll see clams and feather duster worms and Christmas tree worms. They’re not really worms at all. The feather duster looks just like the feather duster your grandma used.” Additionally, folks will be able to view hermit and Dungeness crabs and juvenile perch. But what he also plans to show those on shore is the trash that’s left at the bottom of Dyes Inlet. “It will be a teaching moment -- the sober side of things,” Gunderson said. “Just because you throw a can or a cup overboard, that doesn’t mean it’s gone forever.” In his years diving, he’s brought up many bags of trash, including golf balls. “Hundreds of them,” he said. “There’s countless things down there that no diver wants to see. We have a beautiful treasure and we need to keep it pristine.” There will also be a “touch tank” on the shore where people can look at and touch some underwater creatures. All in all, the addition of the Kitsap Water Trail to the National Water Trails system is giving Kitsap County status as a place to dive, Gunderson said. “It’s bringing more attention to what is under water in Kitsap County,” said Gunderson. “It’s an absolute treasure and most people don’t know that.” Gunderson owns and operates Hula Kai Adventures, a Kingston-based scuba diving business which he opened in October 2014. Most people don’t think about the Pacific Northwest when planning a scuba diving trip, Gunderson said. They typically think

There are plenty of bright and beautiful plant and fish species to see under the water in the Puget Sound. Contributed photo According to Gunderson, there’s the plumose anemone, a wide variety of nudibranchs – each of which is absolutely beautiful. There are seals and ling cod, Dungeness and rock crabs, and the largest sea stars in the world; the pink Pacific sea star and the sun star. And don’t forget the giant Pacific octopus, the largest known octopus in the world. “All of these are here in the waters of Kitsap County, not to mention a number of ship wrecks,” he added. With a GoPro camera attached to his head, a scuba diver will Great dive sites show what’s under the water near Silverdale. Contributed photo throughout Kitsap County include Rockaway Beach Hawaii, or the Caribbean, or Belize. or Blakely Harbor on Bainbridge Island, But Kitsap waters have a lot to offer.

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Seabeck, Harpers Pier in Port Orchard, he said. Gunderson said with the designation of the Water Trail, word is getting out about the great dives here. “There’s an uptick in interest of what is here,” he said. “I’ve been out talking to groups like the Rotary and Kiwanis to educate them about the incredible life that is under water around here.” For most who scuba dive, watching the interaction of sea life with its environment is what takes them under water. “Just sitting and watching what’s there can be fascinating,” he said. Another off-shoot of diving is underwater photography and videography. “It’s considered a specialty of diving,” he said. “You can take incredible photos of the life under water. In fact, there are some phenomenal underwater photographers from this area who have been published in national magazines.” Gunderson has 5,000 dives to his credit and has a degree in marine science. He was a research diver for the University of Hawaii for three years before moving to Kitsap County. He came here because of the diving. “Good diving brought me here,” Gunderson said. “It’s world class.” His company offers classes for beginners to experienced divers. Contact Hula Kai Adventures LLC in Kingston, or go to www. hulakaiscuba.com, or call 360-297-3483. Sound Dive in Bremerton is another resource for those who want to know about scuba diving in and around Kitsap. Owners Geoff and Betsy Pentz offer a full service, 6,000-square-foot dive center that provides services, classes, equipment and activities. They’ve been in business for 41 years. See Sound Dive Center, www.sounddivecenter.com, 5000 Burwell St., Bremerton, or call 360-373-6141. Other favorite dive spots of local scuba divers include Manchester, Harper Pier, Illahee Dock, Fort Ward, Port Washington, and the Hood Canal. Bainbridge has scuba diving at Point White Pier, where the historic former Mosquito fleet was once docked. Kitsap Memorial State Park near Poulsbo also is a beautiful setting for scuba diving.

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JUNE 17, 2016

Kitsap Water Trail is part of national water trail

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The Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail is part of the National Water Trails system and is an interagency collaborative effort administered by the National Park Service through the rivers, trails and conservation assistance program and the National Trails System. The Kitsap Peninsula portion is managed by Kitsap County in partnership with North Kitsap Trails Association. Trail Overview The Kitsap Peninsula includes 371 miles of coastline on the Puget Sound in Washington State and some of the most spectacular marine environments on the planet. The Kitsap Peninsula is a destination for paddlers from around the globe because of its unique marine environments, the natural scenic beauty of the mountains and sound, migrating marine mammal populations, and ports and towns steeped in tradition.

Trail length: 371 miles Trail location: Puget Sound, Washington state Open dates: Year round Hours of Operation: Open 24 hours Trail mission statement: The mission of the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail is to provide a network of launch and landing sites that allows people in humanpowered boats, and beach-able sail craft to enjoy the historic, scenic, and environmental richness of the Puget Sound’s Kitsap Peninsula through single and multi-day trips. These sites are maintained through partnerships with agencies that own the trail sites; additional trail maintenance is provided by paddling clubs, community organizations, and Washington Water Trails Association. Uses and Activities Boating, motorized and non motorized, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, sailing, sampling, fishing, swimming, wildlife observation, heritage and history.

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About the trail The trail is divided into 12 segments which are no more than 15 miles long. Participants can enter the trail at any location including Port Orchard, Poulsbo, Bremerton and Kingston. (See Water Trails map for details). Most paddlers can paddle about as fast as they can walk so 12 miles would be about four hours of paddling which is about a days’ worth. Paddlers can combine segments in any way possible making it into a multi-day paddle up to about a month. The trail traverses many diverse communities and salmon rich ecosystems. The trail is used by schools, tribes, recreational departments of cities and others for marine wildlife education. Annual trail events Paddle Kitsap: Aug. 20. A two-day 20-mile trip along the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail. Paddle a portion of the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail every year. Parts of proceeds are returned to the NKTA for trail development.

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For more go to www.paddlekitsap.com. Paddle Bainbridge: July 9. A two-day, 26-miles circumnavigation of Bainbridge Island along the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail. Check out www.olympicoutdoorcenter. com/PaddleBainbridge.php. Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail Festival: June 18-19. On June 18, join the Annual Kitsap Peninsula National Water Trail Ride the Tide for a guided ride from Evergreen Park to Silverdale, or join in along the way. Sign up for the guided ride at Paddle the Trail Day with events and activities at www. visitkitsap.com. About the Water Trails Festival Celebrate the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail by kayaks, stand up paddle boards, Werner Paddles and other equipment. Let the kids try youth kayaks and play games, or just come and watch others on the water. The paddle starts at Evergreen Park in Bremerton, with stops along the way at Water Trail sites.

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