If you are a boater, kayaker or paddler, the Kitsap Peninsula is the place to play. With over 350 miles of shoreline there is plenty of water and time to take in a day trip or week long adventure. In Port Orchard and South Kitsap communities, boating was a primary means for transportation in the early years via the Mosquito Fleet. Today, folks enjoy a variety of boating related adventures.
Boating activities include: water-skiing, personal watercraft, kayaking, sailing, yachting, beachcombing, swimming and the opportunity to view salmon returning to spawn. Eagles, ospreys, herons, seals and occasionally Orcas can also be seen.
There are many points of public access for boaters seeking both salt and fresh water areas in South Kitsap including Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources lands, and popular park areas such as Long Lake Community Park, Blake Island and Manchester State Park. For those interested in swimming, fresh water or saltwater fishing, tubing or waterskiing be sure to check for local and state regulations to ensure you have a safe and legal boating experience.
Whether you are kayaking or traveling by motor boat, check out the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails Map to see all of the water adventure opportunities available for good access in and around the Kitsap Peninsula.
If you are planning for a longer boating stay while in Kitsap County, be sure to check out Sinclair Inlet Marina and the Port Orchard Marina for top-notch marine moorage facilities available to make your stay pleasurable and easy.
Lastly, if you require any boating repair or servicing issues, there are several local shipyards such as Yachtfish Marine able to help meet your needs and eager to get you back on the water for smooth sailing.
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