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Covid-19 Status - WKC Trips Are Operating in Phase 2.0. 

June 29, 2020 

WKC trips possible. Max 12 people, max 8 households. In most cases, this will mean a practical limit of 8 participants including leader per trip. No cars shared between different households. Overnight trips OK.

On June 19th, King County moved into Phase 2. WKC  moved to Phase 2 a few days later. 

All members participating in WKC events will be required to electronically sign a Covid-19 Waiver acknowledging additional risks inherently assumed during this pandemic.  Trip leaders and participants will need to follow a protocol we hope minimizes those risks.  Many trips will be limited to 5 people or less, depending on the trip leader's comfort level. 

If you have feedback on a recent trip experience, please do not hesitate to mail or the trip chair as listed on the Contact Us web page. 

Check the  Events Calendar for the latest updates on  trips, training and events.  

Stay healthy. Stay safe.  


From the board

Overview of what's happening

July greetings.   We hope you are all staying healthy and are able to stay enjoy some time on the water. 

First off, we are sad to announce that the Hobuck Hoedown has been postponed until 2021.   The Makah tribe still needs our support.  You can read more below or directly visit the wesite for more information. 
Secondly, I think everyone can agree that one thing that is becoming more clear to the public is the need for recreational water access and trail access.  Getting outside = getting and staying healthy!  

One of our members, Renee Paradise is selling Cispus River T-shirts through July 24th to promote awareness for white water kayaking access.  They are super cool and we're sure you'd love one.  Please see the News and Events section below for details on how you can support Cispus River Access!

The Port of Grapeview is petitioning to build a kayak launch facility complete with parking, a porta potty, and kayak storage.  WKC as well as Washington Water Trails and the Mountaineers support these efforts.  You can follow updates here:

Last but not least, the heart of this kayaking club is its volunteers.  If you want to see more paddles (following appropriate Covid protocol!) or participate behind the scenes, we are looking to fill the following positions.  None of these positions are without mentorship as a former board or chair member will be there to support you.  

- If you are interested in serving on the board, contact

- We know we have CPA's and bookkeepers in our member base and sure could use help with our accounting.  Please Contact Kanako if you have 3-5 hours/month you are willing to share with us. 

- Please touch base with Jose if you would like to see more sea kayaking trips on the calendar. 

- Lastly, we are looking for a newsletter editor.  Please contact

Stay Healthy.  Stay Safe. 
The Washington Kayak Club Board of Directors.

News and Events

Hobuck Hoedown Postponed due to COVID-19

Makah Tribe
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis,  the closures of Neah Bay and the Hobuck Beach Resort, and to protect the health of the Tribe, event competitors and volunteers, the 2020 Hobuck Hoedown Paddle Surf Festival has been postponed until 2/3 October 2021.


In the event that the Resort and the town of Neah Bay reopen to guests by 3/4 October 2020 and safety protocols allow, the Committee will invite interested paddlers to a non-competitive and informal expression session over the same weekend this coming Fall.  The status of an  Expression Session scheduled for 3/4 October 2020 will be posted on this website by 15 September.


The COVID-19 crisis has created tremendous hardship for the Makah, Makah children and the community of Neah Bay.  The Hobuck Hoedown Paddle Surf Festival’s Board and Committee strongly urge competitors, event volunteers and interested/able parties to support the Makah during this crisis by taking advantage of the donation opportunity below to help the tribe through this difficult period.  100% of donations will go the the Makah Museum and Cultural Center in the form of an untethered donation intended to support Makah youth programs.”  Please Visit the Hoedown Website to Donate  


Thanks to both you and WKC for your support personally and for the Hoedown, we sincerely hope to be back next year with a more fun than ever surf paddling festival for  the NW!



WKC Surf Chair

Cispus River T-Shirts

Hi, my name is Renee and I am writing to tell you about the Cispus Fund and ask for your support. Several whitewater enthusiasts have come together to bring this opportunity to you.

•We are holding our second fundraising campaign and are currently taking T-shirt orders. Mugs, magnets and decals are available too. Email

In July 2019, we commissioned local surf artist, Todd Fischer, to design a graphic of a kayak surfer at Paul’s Playpen on the lower CIspus River. It’s this cool, custom watercolor that we’d like to share with you. When you buy merchandise with this artwork, you are supporting the lower CIspus River access issue, and, local, micro businesses. Profits help pay for legal and document reproduction, and advertising and general promotion to increase awareness of this issue. No individual profits from this fundraiser.

We raised about $1,000 from the first campaign winter 2019/2020, distributed 50 T-shirts, 20 mugs and we recently sent fridge magnets to 70 people. Magnets went out to 2019 trip participants, Lewis County PUD and public agency representatives and folks who are active in supporting this river access issue. When you see our graphic, you know that Cispus Fund money is working for the thirty-year-old, lower Cispus River, access issue.

Please consider supporting this cause by purchasing T-shirts, mugs and other merchandise today.

• ************Email with your questions and orders.

We’d like to match our first fundraising efforts. Merchandise information and pricing are provided below. We’re happy to answer questions and provide additional pictures of the products!

********We are collecting T-shirt orders for TWO WEEKS.********* Place your T-shirt order by ********July 24th*********. Mugs, magnets, and decals are always available, but we’d like to sell these now, too. Thank you for considering the Cispus Fund, we appreciate your interest and support! If you’ve already purchased merchandise or placed an order with us, thank you, thank you!
Merchandise information.

- T-SHIRTS are lightweight jersey cotton in heather gray. Men’s and women’s styles are available. Women’s version has capped sleeves, is shorter in length and tapers slightly at the waist. Men’s is considered unisex. We place custom orders. All sizes are available and we can do kids, too. Shirts run slightly small. If you are in between sizes, consider ordering larger, or, order both and gift one! Our T-shirt printer is also a local micro-business. All T-shirts include a free decal. Mockup shirts are attached.

- MUGS are 15 oz and come in blue, black and red. The lead time for mugs is less than T-shirts. The attached graphic wraps the entire mug. One decal is included per two mugs, or, get two decals with an order of three mugs. Our graphic artist is a local, micro business.

- MAGNETS 3” circle fridge magnet, CIspus slogan “It’s always sunny on the Cispus” and “lower Cispus River”.

- DECAL 3” circle decals are available in graphic only, or, including the Cispus River slogan. Please specify your preference. Folks like both. Decals are waterproof.

- Prints are also available. Contact us for more information.

We use PayPal and we like checks. Email us your order, include your mailing address, and we’ll send you a PayPal invoice. Or, if you’re paying by check, we’ll email you an order total.

- T-shirts are $25 each, plus $5 each for shipping and handling
- Mugs are $20 each, plus $10 each for shipping and handling
- Magnets are $5.00, mailing included.
- Decals are free with T-shirt or mug purchase, or $5 each, mailing included.

Be safe, be well and thanks for your support!
Renee C Paradis
for the Cispus Fund, happy paddling!

To learn more about the Cispus Fund, our merchandise, or the lower CIspus River access issue, please drop us an email.

Featured Trip

Watch this space.

If you have trip you'd like to see, please contact


WKC Pool Sessions:Tacoma and Tukwila - On hold due to the Covid pandemic

Sadly, we were notified in June 2020 that the Shoreline pool is closing due to desperately needed repairs and lack of funding.

We are hopeful that once it is safe to do so, we will once again be able to offer you the ability to build your skills at weekly pool sessions offered by WKC in Tukwila and Tacoma.

\he fee for weekly pool sessions is$10 for WKC members and $15 for non-members.

**Please use the ONLINEREGISTRATION to sign-up and pay.**

Check the Events Calendar for upcoming dates:

If you have any questions about pool sessions:

WKC Beginner Whitewater Kayaking Course: 2021 Dates TBD

The e course is designed for the person with no prior boating experience. You will learn basic paddle and bracing strokes, how to roll a kayak, river hydrology, and safety, all in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Last year this class filled in less than two days! In order to expedite the sign-up process, you can register to be a member of the club beforehand and then register for the course on Jan 1st.

Looking to Buy/Sell Used Paddling Gear?

Maybe kayaking isn't your sport or you just upgraded your gear.   Need to sell some gently used gear? Looking to purchase some paddling treasure? Check out theWKC Classifieds Forum to list your items or to purchase kayaking gear from fellow paddlers. Easy to follow instructions for posting items included below:

Trip Reports

Check out theTrip Reportstab to see more WKC kayaking adventures.

Sea Kayak Instructors Hit the Water

Shown Left to Right: Chris (Sea), Ross, Barry (Sea), Jose (Sea), Matt, Mike (Sea), Arieal, Jon, John (blue), and Rick (behind John). Nicole behind the camera!
By Rick Schoen

Some of the sea kayakers had a bit of river experience and some none. We brought boats and some gear for the sea kayakers. Even getting them outfitted was fun! Since they were instructors their strokes were good and they were pretty excited to do the river! We didn't spend a lot of time instructing but working on river skills like ferry and eddy turns, river features, dangers, and the differences in strokes and how they are used. Then we started working the river.

Read More

Blake Island Weekend

By Julia Otani

The October 4th – 6th Blake Island weekend trip began with partly sunny skies and variable winds. Tina, Julia, Jim and Gail met at the Southworth Ferry launch site at 9:30am, packed our kayaks, and by 11am began our 1 NM crossing to Blake Island. Adding excitement to the beginning of our trip, we unintentionally launched our kayaks while a series of wakes approached the shoreline. Water poured over the sterns of our kayaks filling our cockpits with water. Emptying the water out, we quickly got into our boats paddling away from the shoreline. The wind kicked up creating a bumpy paddle to the campsite.

Read More


By Kanako Iwata-Eng

In the late August, while Washington rivers are trickling, thumping glacier rivers in British Columbia start to calm down. I drove for 10 hours to join the Vancouver Whitewater Club’s Chilko River trip over the Labor (or Labour, as Canadians spell) Day weekend.

We camped at the Chilko-Taseko Junction Recreation Site, our take-out and camp site. It is where the Taseko River pours bluish white water into the green water of the Chilko. Even in the Google Maps, you can see the magnificent view. (52°00'29.7"N 123°40'42.7"W)

Read More

Deschutes Self Support

By Kanako Iwata-Eng

On August 20, Bill P, Bob S, Mary K, Larry G, Scott S and I launched on the Deschutes River from the Trout Creek Campground, near Maupin, Oregon. We were to boat 42 miles over 3 days. As any other multi-day trips, it took us longer to pack and leave in the first morning. We left the camp around 10 am, and the sun was already high and hot. The river was mostly flat at the beginning but moving pretty fast. We soon started noticing squeaking ospreys and their nests on top of the man-made platforms. Some made a minimal nest on the platform, while some built a gigantic mansion using colorful plastic materials.

Read More

Turn and Shaw Island

By Tina Marie

Mark, Amy and I all camped out at Washington Park Thursday preceding the trip where we watched an amazing sun setting over the San Juan Islands. Friday we launched near the Lopez Village on the end of the ebb. We crossed over San Juan channel to Turn Island were we camped at site 4.

Read More

Cispus River: Kayak Camping Adventure, Self-Support Primer Trip

By Erika Baxter and Michael Deckert

Rain poured down. Darkening skies beat back against an optimistic forecast for a sunny day and a drying trend in the weather. The steady drumbeat of rain on the windshieldsounded like a winter rain settling in for a prolonged period of liquid sunshine.

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By Kanako Iwata-Eng

On the misty morning of Sunday, May 26, 2019, Jim H and I started scouting the Chiwaukum Creek, near Leavenworth. Camping at the Chiwaukum Creek Trailhead the night before, we were tempted to run the small creek not listed in the Bennett book or the American Whitewater website. Walking up a little, there was a log jam...

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By Kanako Iwata-Eng

The Jarbidge (a Shoshone word meaning “monster” or “devil”) is a privilege, primarily for self-supporting kayakers with solid paddling skills and willingness to portage fully loaded boats through the land of poison ivy and rattlesnakes. The stunning deep narrow canyon through the Southwestern Idaho desert, combined with the exciting whitewater, made the four-day Jarbidge/Bruneau trip priceless.

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Team Petty Adventure – Statlu Creek & Chehalis River

By Kanako Iwata-Eng

On March 30, 2019, twenty-eight boaters gathered at the Chehalis River Campground in British Columbia. One third of the group was the WKC crew, and the rest were the Vancouver Whitewater Club (VWC), to which I also belong.

Read More

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 WKC 2021 Trip Planning Parties

'Tis the season to start thinking about 2021 kayaking trips.  What would you like to see on the calendar next season for sea and whitewater kayaking trips?  Do you have a favorite trip you would like to see included, or lead, or imagine would be cool to join if someone else led?  We are looking for ideas for the upcoming trip planning parties.  Send along suggestions to and we will get the 2020 list started.

Whitewater Trip Planning Party

When: TBD 
Where:Paddle will be at a class 2/2+ which is TBD for conditions & party afterwards will be at Jenefer and Bram's in Preston

Register Here
Sea Kayak Trip Planning Party

Jan date TBA! 
Check back for registration details.

Come Play Kayak Polo! - On hold due to COVID-19.   

Come play kayak polo Sundays at the WKC pool session in Tukwila!

This a great time to try out a fun activity that is as challenging (or not!) as you want it to be, and we're open to people of all ages and abilities.

We'll try out a couple drills, work on some fundamentals, then play a couple games - should be a LOT of fun.

We'll have polo helmets and a couple polo boats and paddles to use.

Bring swim stuff, dry clothes, a PFD. WW boats are fine; sea kayaks are unfortunately too big.

Hope to see you there!

Oh, and here's a video of some fundamentals

Check events calendar for upcoming Polo dates in Tukwila and register: 

Register Here

 WKC San Juan Seven Challenge -  On hold for 2020 due to Covid-19

We love circumnavigating islands and want to encourage more paddlers to join the fun, so we have launched the San Juan Seven Challenge. 
The seven islands selected for the San Juan Seven challenge are San Juan, Orcas, Lopez, Cypress, Guemes, Lummi, and Stuart

You can circumnavigate the islands in any order that you like and can take as much time as you need or want to circumnavigate each island. To qualify for badges you need to circumnavigate the island during a WKC trip that has been announced on the WKC website.

Upcoming WKC Trips:

Contact Steven Exe for more information.

San Juan Seven Challenge

WKC Seven Rivers Challenge (7RC)

WKC members who participate in club trips to the seven designated rivers will receive collective paddle/boat stickers designed by a whitewater kayaker and artist Zeus Rudner.
Challenge yourself to get all seven stickers! When a member completes all seven rivers, he/she will receive a finisher’s sticker. To make it easy to keep track, participants must register for the club trip online.

The designated rivers and in Seven Rivers challenge are: Nisqually, Nooksack, Sauk, Sol Duc, Stillaguamish, Wenatchee, and White Salmon

Upcoming WKC Trips:

Check Events Calendar for more dates

If you have any questions or suggestions about the Seven Rivers Challenge program, contact: 
Kanako Iwata-Eng

Copyright 2014 Washington Kayak Club

President: Lynn
Vice President: Open
Secretary: Karl Guntheroth
CFO: Kanako Iwata-Eng
Editor: Open


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