Photo at right: SUP’ers and even their canine friends take advantage of the new Kitsap Peninsula National Water Trails System. Photo by Carolyn Price
Designated as a National Water Trails System waterway in June 2014, the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails will officially be inducted in a ceremony from 1–3 p.m., June 27 at Silverdale Waterfront Park at the Pavilion. The NWTS is administered by the National Park Service.
The 371-mile water trails along the Puget Sound and Kitsap County coastline is the first of its kind in Washington state. The 217-mile Willamette River Trail in Oregon is the only other national water trail in the Northwest.
The dedication will be in conjunction with an even bigger celebration that day.
The Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails Festival is scheduled from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and will include a five-mile Ride the Tide paddle, kayak and paddleboard introduction and watercraft demonstrations for adults and children.
The day will also include many interactive vendor booths.
More about the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails Festival can be found at: www.olympicoutdoorcenter.rezgo.com/details/46832/Kitsap-Peninsula-Water-Trails-Festival
The Kitsap Peninsula will also host several other paddling festivals and events this summer:
- Unleash The Beast, May 23: www.unleashthebeastnw.com/index.html
- Paddle Bainbridge, July 11–12: www.olympicoutdoorcenter.rezgo.com/details/21184/Paddle-Bainbridge-Island
- Paddle Kitsap, Aug. 15: www.olympicoutdoorcenter.rezgo.com/details/21584/Paddle-Kitsap