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Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: June 19, 2015
Contact: Rebecca Pirtle, Communications Coordinator,
Commissioners' Office
Phone: 360.337.4650 or
No: NR15-063

Festival celebrates national recognition of Kitsap’s water trail

(Silverdale, WA) To celebrate the National Water Trails System designation of the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail, Kitsap County Commissioners, along with the ports of Silverdale and Brownsville, Silverdale Chamber of Commerce and Visit Kitsap Peninsula, are hosting a two-day Water Trails Festival June 27-28 with events scheduled for Silverdale, Brownsville and Keyport. The Kitsap County Peninsula Water Trail will be officially dedicated at the Silverdale Waterfront Park at 1 p.m. June 27 with local elected officials and dignitaries on hand to mark the occasion.

“This is an exciting time for Kitsap County and the entire Kitsap Peninsula. This recognition goes a long way toward supporting an existing and burgeoning economy and appreciation for the natural assets our region offers," commented Commissioner Robert Gelder, chair of the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners.

The Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail for kayakers and other maritime recreationalists extends around Kitsap’s approximately 216 miles of shoreline to the Key Peninsula and Mason County, along Hood Canal and Point No Point, circumnavigating Bainbridge Island, Liberty Bay, Dyes Inlet, Sinclair Inlet and beyond, with designated launch and landing sites, shore access, parking and other amenities. A Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails Alliance was created with representatives from the cities, county, tribes, and other stakeholders to develop a long-term management plan with assistance from the National Park Service.

Water Festival events in Silverdale, Brownville and Keyport
Water Festival events begin at 10 a.m. Saturday June 27 at Silverdale Waterfront Park where there will be vendors, food booths, free family activities, live music, tours of the Carlisle II (an original Mosquito Fleet ferry), a classic car and motorcycle show, tribal canoes, kayak and paddle-boarding lessons and rentals, and wrapping up the day with Native American storytelling around a bonfire (bring your own lawn chairs).

“I’m proud of our community’s efforts to spearhead the first-ever Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails Festival,” said Commissioner Edward Wolfe who represents Central Kitsap. “It will be a great day for all Kitsapers to enjoy and experience the festivities at the Silverdale waterfront park and the ‘natural side’ of Puget Sound.”

The Port of Brownsville offers a Brownie Challenge Paddle of 13-plus nautical miles for experienced paddlers from Brownsville to Silverdale in time to land for the formal dedication at 1 p.m. A Ride the Tide paddle for intermediate and experienced riders starts at 8:30 a.m. in Bremerton Evergreen Rotary Park and ends at Silverdale Waterfront Park at noon.

Back at the Port of Brownsville, the West Sound Sailing Association will host races from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offer tours of Kitsap’s historic tall ship, Fiddler’s Dream. A wine tasting with tapas wraps up Saturday activities from 6-7 p.m. at the Brownsville Deli. The Port of Keyport hosts a rummage sale that same day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The water festival continues on Sunday, June 28 at the Port of Brownsville with a blessing of the boats at 7 a.m. followed by kayak classes, opportunities to row a historic long boat, ride sailboats, fly kites, and many other hands-on activities for all ages. The Northwest BeechBoys Flight Demonstration team will take to the skies at about 10:30 a.m. with a flyover of up to 20 vintage aircraft. A lively decorated boat parade and marine life explorations at the Pier Peer are scheduled during the afternoon. The highlight of the day is a Keys to Keyport Fun Paddle departing Brownsville at 11:15 a.m. and arriving at the Port of Keyport at about 1 p.m. followed by lunch at the deli. A rendezvous gathering will take place at the Olalla boat launch and lagoon beginning at noon for mariners in South Kitsap.

Schedule of Events and Registration Information
Water Festival details, including reservation and registration information, is available at For more information on the water trail designation, including a Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails Map, visit

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Last Updated:  June 19, 2015