Commencement Bay

Puyallup River, Washington

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Here you will find a pleasant contrast to expectations of a polluted industrial wasteland. Commencement Bay has a bit of everything. There are the wooded bluffs of Point Defiance, the “downtown” feel of the Thea Foss Waterway with its yachts and workboats, the melancholy quiet along the slag shores of the abandoned Asarco smelter site, and the intense activity of loading and off-loading ships in one of the busiest ports in the Northwest. Within the bay and adjacent waterways is enough to fill many days of exploration.
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)

Here you will find a pleasant contrast to expectations of a polluted industrial wasteland. Commencement Bay has a bit of everything.

There are the wooded bluffs of Point Defiance, the “downtown” feel of the Thea Foss Waterway with its yachts and workboats, the melancholy quiet along the slag shores of the abandoned Asarco smelter site, and the intense activity of loading and off-loading ships in one of the busiest ports in the Northwest. Within the bay and adjacent waterways is enough to fill many days of exploration.

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

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Puyallup River
Distance: 6
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Part Day To Full Day.
Season: Spring to Fall
Local Maps: SeaTrails Wa 203; Noaa charts 18445 SC (1:80,000), 18474 (1:40,000), or 18453 (1:15,000).
Topo Map: Commencement Bay Topographic Map
Guide Book: Kayaking Puget Sound, the San Juans, & Gulf Islands Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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10/10/2010

A great easy trip from several different directions. Can be very crowded in summer on sunny weekends. Check wwta.org for updated info.

6/6/2009
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