When 60 students from Central Kitsap High School took off in
double kayaks to look for jumping salmon, they had no idea how the
changing weather would make the trip more exciting.
Bill Wilson, who teaches environmental science, organized
Tuesday’s trip on Dyes Inlet near Silverdale. Lead guide Spring
Courtright of Olympic Outdoor Center shares the story in her
Reminder: Free stream tours from land are scheduled for
Saturday. See the story I wrote for
Tuesday’s Kitsap Sun.
By Spring Courtright Program Director, Olympic Outdoor Center
At 9 a.m. on election day, anyone peering through the fog at
Silverdale Waterfront Park would have seen 35 bright kayaks lined
up on the beach and 60 high school students preparing to
Central Kitsap High School environmental science students study
salmon in class, then are given the option to paddle with jumping
salmon on an annual Salmon Kayak Tour with the Olympic Outdoor
Center (OOC). For the last two years, 60 students have jumped on
This trip started about 10 years ago with about half that number
of students. I have been one of the lead guides for nearly all of
these tours. It’s always an adventure, but this year was one of the
more memorable trips because of the beautiful clouds and quick
change in weather. Continue reading →
Among locals, the Kitsap Peninsula has long been known as a
great place to go kayaking, but now the 300+ miles of shoreline are
quickly becoming a destination for out-of-area folks.
A new map of Kitsap’s shoreline features has been produced for
the paddle crowd by the Kitsap Peninsula Visitor and Convention
Bureau. The map is helpful for those trying to identify stopping
points along the shoreline — whether one wants to spend days on the
water or just a few hours.
Patricia Graf-Hoke, manager of the visitor bureau, said she
believes it is the first map of its kind in Washington state and
may be just the second or third in the nation.
Tourism on the Kitsap Peninsula is growing, she told the Kitsap
Regional Coordinating Council last week. As a whole, it is becoming
a major industry and one of the largest employers in Kitsap
Kitsap Sun story about the new map, John Kuntz, owner of
Olympic Outdoor Center, told reporter Rachel Pritchett that more
than half the people who paddle around the peninsula come from
“It’s definitely a part of tourism that Kitsap County hasn’t
really embraced in the past,” Kuntz was quoted as saying.