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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: June 19, 2015
Contact: Commissioner Charlotte Garrido
Phone: 360.337.7097 or
No: NR15-060

South Kitsap to celebrate National Water Trail designation
Canoe and kayak rendezvous takes place in Olalla June 28

(Olalla, WA) – The entire Kitsap Peninsula shoreline was recently designated a National Water Trail by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail is the first to officially be designated in Washington state and also the only saltwater trail in the entire U.S.

“We’re thrilled and proud to have this recognition from the Department of the Interior,” Commissioner Garrido said. “It’s a very important step for our local water trails efforts and it provides wonderful opportunities for folks who use human-powered and beach-able watercraft to experience our spectacular shoreline.”

The Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail includes 371 miles shoreline stretching from Foulweather Bluff in the north, to Bainbridge Island in the east, the Hood Canal in Mason County in the west and Pierce County – Gig Harbor, the Key Peninsula and Narrows Bridge – in the south. The official celebration of the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail designation will take place in Silverdale on June 27.

South Kitsap opportunities will be highlighted at a rendezvous-type gathering at the Olalla boat launch and lagoon beginning at noon on June 28 to welcome boaters along the southern portion of the trail to become familiar with public shorelines around Southworth, Manchester, Port Orchard and Olalla, as well as the recently re-opened Anderson Point County Park in Olalla with its wide, sandy beach and plenty of space for picnicking.

The invitation is extended to everyone who uses kayaks, canoes, rowing shells, paddleboards, native canoes, sailboats, dragon boats, rowboats, windsurfers and kite boards. Even motor-boaters will benefit from the water trail – enjoying the Kitsap Peninsula’s educational, cultural and recreational opportunities and, hopefully, sharing in the responsibilities for stewardship and sustainability.

“The Water Trails designation can also have significant economic and tourism benefits for communities all along the route as local businesses recognize and respond to the needs of the boating public,” Garrido said. “For instance, in Olalla, Al’s Store, located just across the road from the boat launch, recently started renting kayaks.”

For information about the Olalla rendezvous, contact Jennifer Haro at or 360.307.4212.

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Last Updated:  June 23, 2015