|| June 19, 2015
|| Commissioner Charlotte Garrido
|| 360.337.7097 or
South Kitsap to celebrate National Water Trail
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or 360.307.4212.
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