Gather friends and family…or come as you are, on the weekend of June 24-25, 2017, to Silverdale’s Waterfront Park and around Kitsap Peninsula. This festival has something for everyone!

Kitsap Peninsula is turning it attention toward all things water trails, and you are invited to play along. From the opening ceremony, hosted by the Suquamish Tribe, who will welcome Polynesian canoes and kayaks, to races, paddles, bike and running races, food, vendors and more. In addition to activities at Silverdale’s Waterfront Park, you can also find more at Port Gamble, Poulsbo, Bremerton, Port Orchard, Brownsville and Keyport this year. For more information and event details: Kitsap Peninsula National Water Trails Festival.

The festival includes this year’s, Ride the Tide. The Ride the Tide paddle is about six miles and will take 2-3 hours to complete. Starting at Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton on the Port Washington Narrows, the first mile or so is a fast ride through the narrows on the incoming tide. The remainder of the paddle, about 5 miles, takes place on Dyes Inlet. Before we reach the beach we will rendezvous with other paddlers including the family paddle, triathlon event paddlers, and other paddling enthusiasts for the procession to the beach lead by our local native american tribal canoes and the opening ceremony for the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail Festival at the Silverdale Waterfront Park.

 

Go EXPO: EXPAND YOUR PLAYLIST
Sat., June 10, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at
Lake Sammamish State Park (beach)

The Washington State Parks Foundation and Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park are co-hosting GO EXPO in cooperation with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and many other partners to create Washington’s biggest celebration of National Get Outdoors Day. WWTA’s Executive Director, Linda Hanlon, is giving a talk in the Bath House at 11:25 a.m. – Washington’s Water Trails.

GO Expo is FREE and no Discover Pass is required to access the park.

The public is invited to enjoy this free GO Expo event featuring a wide range of activities and classes ranging on basic kayaking to how to prepare for hiking in wilderness or RV camping. Activities include outdoor gear giveaways, camp food tastings, geocaching adventures, trip-planning guidance and how to be an environmental champion for the outdoors. Visitors can fuel up by visiting the food trucks and beer garden while enjoying live music and KEXP’s DJ John Richards (Go EXPO Schedule is here). The Outdoor Expo will also feature displays offered by natural resource agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations and local businesses that provide outdoor products and services.

 


Blind Island Work Party
We had a clean up crew at Blind Island, Saturday, May 20, who tackled blackberry bushes and generally spruced up the water trail site there. This work group was full, but we will have many other opportunities to help assess and do clean ups at numerous sites throughout the upcoming paddling season. Thank you, volunteers. Stay tuned for more opportunities to take care of water trail sites.

Welcome to Washington Water Trails Association, where the public’s right to access Washington’s waters is paramount. WWTA is your advocate, working to expand, protect, and steward Washington’s amazing aquatic natural resources. Check the calendar for upcoming events; spring is right around the corner.

Blake Island Work Party
WWTA volunteers returned to Blake Island State Park for annual maintenance at the Cascadia Marine Trail campsite Saturday, April 8. They planted 1,500 dune grass starts and spiffed up the three tent sites for the coming season. Shout out to Paul Ruppert of Washington State Parks who transported volunteers by boat on a blustery day.

ACTION ALERT – Call and email the Legislature now.
Claw back private shoreline!

The citizen evaluated and ranked WWRP Water Access Barnum Point purchase will not be funded under the State House of Representatives’ recent Capital Budget proposal which unfairly targeted and cut 15 WWRP acquisition projects. It was a top-ranked project that should have received funding under balanced funding allocation formula previously approved by the Legislature. This Island County property would create a 129 acre park with over a mile of PUBLIC shoreline. It’s the best mix of private, Whidbey Camano Land Trust, and public, Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, funding. Stanwood High School students have donated $10,000.

Call 800.562.6000 or email your Representatives and forcefully let then know that the integrity of the program should be respected, that Barnum Point and 14 other valuable acquisition projects should be fully restored to WWRP.
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