Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor Professional Review and Guide

"In 1867, Yugoslavian immigrant Samuel Jerisch and two partners rowed a flat-bottomed skiff from British Columbia to what is now Gig Harbor. Samuel and his wife, Anna, began the fishing industry here, which later grew to a successful commercial fleet.

The protected harbor has a narrow entry and is considered by boaters to be a perfect gunkhole. A quick jaunt from Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park, the Narrows, Vashon Island, and Colvos Passage, Gig Harbor is centrally located to many paddling destinations."

Gig Harbor Reviews

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I found this to be a very relaxing and enjoyable paddle. We launched at just after low tide on the north side of the road connecting Maury and Vashon islands. There is room to pull off right next to road and it is a short scramble down to the beach. At low tide it was roughly 50-75 yards to the water. The ebbing tide seemed to give us a little push the whole way. The shoreline for the first half of the paddle was fairly undeveloped but nothing spectacular. Saw some eagles, a couple of ospreys and a few seals. Just a nice day on the water. The full loop of the island took about 5 hours including about 30 minutes for lunch. Plenty of pull out spots along the East side of Maury for lunch. Beautiful weather and just a nice day to be on the water.

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Gig Harbor
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Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Part Day To Full Day.
Spring to Fall
SeaTrails Wa 203; Noaa charts 18440 (1:150,000); 18448 (1:80,000). use Tacoma tide tables and The Tacoma Narrows current table.
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