Tacoma Narrows

Gig Harbor, Washington

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Famous for the 1940s film of the collapsing Tacoma Narrows bridge, also called “Galloping Gertie,” the Narrows is known for its tidal bottleneck effect. With Puget Sound squeezing through its mile-wide channel, currents can move swiftly. In places 400-foot-tall bluffs rise from both sides of the Narrows sometimes creating a wind tunnel. The modern Narrows bridge has two spans 500 feet above the water. A Cascadia Marine Trail site is located on the west side below the bridge at Narrows Park.
Kayaking Puget Sound, the San Juans, & Gulf Islands

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Kayaking Puget Sound, the San Juans, & Gulf Islands

by Rob Casey (The Mountaineers Books)

Famous for the 1940s film of the collapsing Tacoma Narrows bridge, also called “Galloping Gertie,” the Narrows is known for its tidal bottleneck effect. With Puget Sound squeezing through its mile-wide channel, currents can move swiftly.

In places 400-foot-tall bluffs rise from both sides of the Narrows sometimes creating a wind tunnel. The modern Narrows bridge has two spans 500 feet above the water. A Cascadia Marine Trail site is located on the west side below the bridge at Narrows Park.

© 2012 Rob Casey/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Gig Harbor
Distance: 10.4
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Part Day To Overnight.
Season: Spring to Fall
Local Maps: SeaTrails Wa 203, 204; Noaa charts 18440 (1:150,000); 18448 (1:80,000); Tacoma tide table and The Tacoma Narrows current table.
Driving Directions: Directions to Tacoma Narrows

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