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With the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound, Admiralty Inlet, bays, harbors, and Indian and Marrowstone Islands all part of this corner of the Olympic Peninsula, there will be a lot to explore. “Fort Worden, Fort Flagler and Fort Casey, with their big guns and strategic locations, once made up the coastal defense system known as, ‘The Triangle of Fire.’  The fort’s massive batteries were constructed at the turn of the 20th century to protect Puget Sound,  Seattle and the Bremerton Naval Yard from attack by sea.

Constructed between 1898 and 1917, fascinating Fort Worden features more than 2 miles of beachfront and high bluffs with spectacular views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Fort Worden Historical State Park is a 433-acre multi-use park with more than 2 miles of saltwater shoreline and a wide variety of services and facilities.”  

Washington’s historic Fort Flagler is located right at the head of Puget Sound, on the high bluff at the northern tip of Marrowstone Island.  The fort’s massive batteries, along with the ones on Whidbey Island and at Port Townsed, were constructed at the turn of the 20th century to protect Puget Sound,  Seattle and the Bremerton Naval Yard from attack by sea.  Multiple launch sites, sheltered or challenging, this location has a little bit for everyone.  

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Areas of Interest:

  • Port Townsend - a lovely town, good dining, home of Pygmy Boats
  • Indian Island Naval Base - this is an active base - please don't give paddlers a bad name and be respectful.  Pay attention to the signs and the marine charts for no-go areas.  Stay Away unless you want to get arrested/accidentally killed.

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PORT TOWNSEND EVENT ~ 2018 INFORMATION


Your volunteer On-site staff:

  • Event Manager -- Kristen Price
  • Trips Coordinator -- Vern Brown
  • Concierge -- Susan Dininni

What: A camping and kayaking trip at north Puget Sound. Evening campfires and camaraderie. For 2018, paddle trips will occur on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and possibly on Thursday.

When: Thursday-Sunday, June 7-10, 2018

Trips: Level 2 through Level 4 trips on the waters of Puget Sound. Level 1 trips may not be offered. Some trips may require driving. All trip sign-ups will be done on-site unless otherwise announced.

Clothing on the water: A wet suit or dry suit will be required; clothing requirements will follow the OOPS Cold Water Policy. Wet exit certification is required, unless you participate in only Level 1 trips (may not be offered) in which you are not wearing a sprayskirt, as is compliance with all other OOPS safety policies. Bring layers and wind protection. Organizer will communicate requirements.

Meals and Gatherings: Bring your own food, stove etc., and plan on at least one potluck evening. We have reserved the Fort Worden beach shelter with full kitchen for Friday 9 a.m. through Saturday 8 p.m. Registrants will receive more information from the Event Concierge. Please do not bring firewood. Your event fee covers the cost of firewood that we will purchase locally. Please plan to join us for group campfires!

Accommodations and Cost: We have 11 sites at Fort Worden State Park. Walk to the water! Bathrooms with token-operated showers are nearby. Registration fees are found on the calendar. See detailed campground information below.

Parking: If you stay outside the park, you will need to purchase a day pass at the entrance booth to launch from sites within the park.

Driving time from Portland: About 4 hours.

How to sign up or get more info: Go to the OOPS website Calendar and click on Port Townsend.

Camping Details:

We have 11 Beach campground sites with full-service hookups (water, electric, and sewer) tucked between the bluffs and the beaches of Point Wilson. The sites are level, spacious, and open. Most sites have an amazing view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Check-in begins Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Check-out is at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Campsites will be shared. We have planned for approximately three-four people and 2 vehicles per site. When you register, you will have a chance to identify who you would like to share a campsite with, however, we may not be able to honor all requests.

What if you don’t know anybody to share a campsite with? This is your chance to meet some new paddle buddies! We are a friendly group! OOPS will assign the campsites based on your vehicle/equipment needs and the size of the campsites.

Your event registration fee for camping is for the complete event. This includes three nights of camping and additional vehicle fees. DO NOT pay the extra vehicle fee until you have visited your campsite or OOPS HQ and you are sure that you are the “extra” vehicle, not the first vehicle. The Event Manager will either pay for or refund any extra vehicle fees on site.

State Park firewood advice: “Please protect the Pacific Northwest from invasive species by getting your firewood at the campground, or close to it. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference.”

State Park map - http://parks.state.wa.us/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1875

Camping map: http://parks.state.wa.us/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1873


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