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December 2018  Join Our Club
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 From the Prez

By Lynn Paquette
Happy holidays to all!

While the year is winding down, your committee members have been as busy as Santa’s helpers.

First off, we are excited to once again be offering the Beginner Whitewater Kayaking Course. Registration opens on January 1st. Last year the class filled up in 3 days! Be sure your membership is current then register ASAP to reserve your space in class!

Jenefer Monroe and Jeremy Wells are hosting the white water trip planning party on January 12th. WKC is built on volunteers who get out to lead these trips. If you have the right stuff to lead, or want to, the planning crew will bribe you with pizza, t-shirts, training, and all other sorts of goodies they can dig out of Santa’s sack.

On December 23rd, Jose Reyes will take his turn playing Rudolph as he safely leads you through potential rain, fog, wind, drifting yachts, and other marine hazards to watch the Argosy lighted boat parade. Sign up soon and check that safety list twice.

I’d like to take a moment to thank Dave Ortland for six years of hard labor serving time as the sea kayaking trip chair. He is probably most infamous for offering up various paddlers to the whale gods in exchange for close encounters. To date, no one has been mistaken for chum, so I guess he gets to stay on Santa’s Nice list.

Stepping in for Dave is Todd Benevedes. Todd has run trips in the local Seattle area, out at the coast, and in the San Juans. He’s already filled my mailbox with cool ideas for the next year, including something about a rubber duckie. I have no idea what that’s all about, but I can’t wait to find out. If there is a trip you would love to see on our calendar, or bet yet, lead, ping Todd at

Our Speaker Series is also starting to take shape. Join us on January 23rd when Hank Laudau shares stories of his adventures during a 4715 mile, 7-year kayak trip from Fort Clatsop on the Pacific Ocean to St Mary’s on the Atlantic. Details can he found here.

And if all this isn’t enough, check out our calendar for

- A Class III trip on the Skykomish coming up this Saturday (12/15)
- Bird watching in Padilla Bay on 12/22
- Pool sessions
- Kayak Polo matches
- And whatever else gets added to the calendar between now and then.

Happy Holidays and be safe out there,


 Featured Trip

Padilla Bay Paddle - December 9

Hoping to spot some wintering birds!
9:00am: Launch from Bay View State Park, 10901 Bayview Edison Rd. Mt. Vernon, WA 98273
Discovery Pass required.
Head NE from Bay View State Park, towards Hat Island to Saddlebag Island for lunch.
Return to Park at 4:00pm – sunset is at 4:15pm and the park closes at “dusk”.
When: December 9
Where: Bay View State Park, Mount Vernon
Contact: Jeannie Nahan

Register Here


WKC Pool Sessions: Shoreline, Tacoma, Tukwila

Continue to build your skills at weekly pool sessions offered by WKC in Tukwila, Shoreline, and Tacoma.
The fee for weekly pool sessions is $10 for WKC members and $15 for non-members.

 **Please use the ONLINE 
REGISTRATION to sign-up and pay.**
Check the Events Calendar for upcoming dates:
If you have any questions about pool sessions:

 Beginner Whitewater Kayaking Course: March 9-31

Wanna give the gift that keeps on giving?!

The annual WKC Beginner Whitewater Kayaking Course opens for registration Jan 1st!

If you have been wanting to learn how to Whitewater Kayak, this course is for you!  The 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 3 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.

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News and Events

 WWTA Presents John Kuntz - Columbia River Source to Sea on Dec 13

In August of 2018 John Kuntz, owner of Olympic Outdoor Center, paddled the entire length, 1250 miles of the Columbia river from source to sea in honor of Erica Reith (Eri), (a young person whom tragically lost her life at the age of 19) in the name of teaching youth the art of adventure. In life we have a chance to pay it forward and that is my goal, to let youth know there is more to life than the world that they know.

Washington Water Trails Association
Good Shepherd Center, Room 202
Thursday, December 13, 2018
6:00pm Holiday Potluck, 7:00 Presentation

Event Details

 Annual Lake Union Argosy Lighted Boat Parade - Sunday, December 23

Come join the Annual Lake Union Argosy Lighted Boat Parade! If you have not experienced this yet it is a MUST! Dress warm with many layers and immersion protection and don't forget to decorate your boat!

Sunday timeline:
5 PM - Depart with your kayak decorated with lights or at least a rear nite safety light and many other kayakers. Come early if you need to decorate your kayak. And make sure to check your lights, you may need new batteries.

Group will paddle to at least Portage Bay, meander around until the Argosy vessel arrives at Portage Bay, which has left from Kirkland. Many other kayaks, small boats, and paddle boards will also be there, all decorated.

Launch from Sunnyside Street on Lake Union
(*NOTE: this is whereDuck Boats launch, not Waterway 18-19 as in prior years)

2019 WKC Trip Planning Parties

WKC Whitewater Trip Planing Party
Saturday, January 12, 2019

We will run the South Fork of the Snoqualmie, class II+, and then rally at Jenefer and Bram's in Preston for the 2019 White Water Trip Planning Party. It should be a great year , with you all leading trips, changing lives.

The club will be providing pizza, desert, and non-alcoholic beverages. Not necessary, but if you would like, please bring a side dish to share (dessert works too). BYOB if desired.

Please bring your calendars, ideas for this years clinics, and ready to plan a super fun year of kayaking!!!

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WKC Sea Kayak Trip Planning Party
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 WKC Speaker Series 1: Jan 23

WKC has scheduled a series of four speaker presentations this winter. Check back for remaining dates and locations:

Series 1

Hank Laudau recently completed a 7 year kayak trip from Fort Clatsop on the Pacific Ocean to St Mary’s on the Atlantic. He traveled a total of 4715 miles, 3947 of them by kayak with the rest on portages, paddled 19 rivers and waterways, traversed 31 dams and touched on 17 states. He also traveled a route that began with Lewis and Clark's return route to St. Louis, headed to Mobile along the Ten-Tom Waterway and used the Suwannee and St Mary’s Rivers to traverse Florida.”

Date: January 23rd, 2019
Location: College Club Seattle
11 E. Allison Street, Seattle 98102
Time: Meeting starts at 6:00 pm

Series 2

Rachel Mayer from the SnoKing Marine Mammal Response team will speak -

This is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides outreach events for our community, in addition to monitoring marine mammals. They recognize how important it is to increase awareness about marine conservation with the communities that share space with these marine critters as we work to minimize negative interactions,and they welcome opportunities to empower others embracing their role in supporting a healthy marine environment!

Date: February 27 - details TBA

Check back for additional speakers and dates!

Kayak Polo is Back!

Play kayak polo in the Tukwila Pool. All boaters welcome; you'll need your own boat, PFD, skirt, swimsuit, towel - we have everything else you need.  
All are welcome! Register in advance via WKC Events Calendar.

Contact:Chris Brubaker
Phone 5132388805
What is kayak polo? Here's a good video and description:

Watch Video

More Info

 Following Freya: Circumnavigation of North America

Last year Freya Hoffmeister began her legendary circumnavigation of North America in Seattle, kayaking north to Kodiak, then returning to Seattle and paddling south to Oregon. She plans to paddle south for three months to California before returning to Alaska and continuing through the Northwest Passage.  She will repeat south and north legs yearly, until she arrives in New York.

Freya is inviting qualified paddlers to join her on various legs of the trip.  Check link below to see itinerary and availability.

Follow Freya

Bon Voyage, Freya!

 WKC San Juan Seven Challenge

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:
San Juan Island - Oct 13-15

Contact Steven Exe for more information.

San Juan Seven Challenge

WKC Seven Rivers Challenge - November 2018 Update

By Kanako Iwata-Eng, 7RC Cheerleader

We launched the Seven Rivers Challenge in 2015 to encourage our members to venture out to run rivers other than our routine runs – Snoqualmie, Skykomish and Green. We give nice stickers designed by a kayaker, Zeus Rudner, to members who registered online and participated in WKC trips to the 7 eligible rivers – Nisqually, Nooksack, Sauk, Sol Duc, Stillaguamish, Wenatchee and White Salmon. Here is the current standing:

Doug Knapp and I completed all 7 rivers and received the Big 7 stickers in 2017.
Becca Nissley, Bill Petty, Seton Staples and Wil Aguilar have completed 6 rivers. One more to go!
Bob Menard, Bryan Fry, Claire Hews, Eva Bailey, Jeremy Wells, Jim Hunter, John Kelly, Ken Stallman, Pete Stevens and Tobey Seslar have completed 5 rivers. Keep going!

The program will continue in 2019. You don’t see enough 7RC trips? Organize one!

Happy Paddling!

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

Looking to Buy/Sell Used Paddling Gear?

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

Schedule for ACA and PNA (formerly BCU) Paddler Certifications

Thinking of taking your paddling skills to the next level? Become ACA or PNA (formerly BCU) certified this season. Special awards signify specific paddling, safety and leadership skills at different levels and in various craft. These awards provide a way to track your own progress as a paddler, and give others a reliable indication of your preparedness for trips and further trainings. Improve your skills or become a certified coach and lead others on the water:
ACA Certification
Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling.River, coastal, and surf kayaking certifications offered.

PNA Certification
Paddlesports North America (PNA) was formed in 2013 to provide access to British Canoeing (formerly known as the British Canoe Union or BCU) paddler awards and coaching certifications in North America, including canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard.

Recent Trip Reports

Check out the Trip Reports tab to see more WKC kayaking adventures.

 Team Petty Adventure - Metolius

 By Kanako Iwata-Eng

Occasionally, people describe a river as a “gem”. For me, no river is more gem-worthy than the Metolius. Its headwater bubbles up from the ground; crystal clear cold water creates a small pool and starts the river. This spring water guarantees enough water for boating even in the dry months of the year.

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 Turn Island

 By Tina Marie

My trip began Thursday evening car camping in Washington Park. The smoke from the BC wildfires created a stunning crimson sunset. Concerned about wildfire smoke I bought everyone a N95 respirator, glad to say it wasn’t needed.

Friday morning we caught the 9:35 am ferry to Lopez Island, stopped off at the Lopez bakery in the village. We continued onto our launch location in Fisherman’s Bay at public beach access located in Lopez village off weeks road.

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Turn and Shaw Island

By Mark Steward

Day 1 we launched from Lopez Island and paddled up the coast to cross to Turn Island. It was one of the most fun crossings I’ve had. There was a lot of confused water and good conversation on the way. Upon landing on Turn, we discovered that Tina’s raccoon fears were real.

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Snoqualmie River Trip

By Karen Heath

This section of the Snoqualmie is a great teaching run. While we did it at a low water level of 418 cfs, a higher level would be even better for teaching. There was no shortage of things to do. The eddy hop game, ferrying, attainment and just plain wave trains are all good, even at this level. I can see, as the river gets more water, these games would become even better and more demanding.

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Green River thru the Gates of Lodore

By Mike Grijalva

In August we drove to the East side of Utah to run down the Green River thru the Gates of Lodore. There was smoke in the air all the way across eastern Wa, Idaho and some in Utah as well. On the river we could see smoke in the air but down on the river it didn't seem unhealthy. The river was very good to us with rapids and camps and adventures.

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South Fork of the Salmon Self Support

By Kanako Iwata-Eng

Having heard the South Fork of the Salmon is fantastic whitewater, this river had been on my bucket list for a few years. Rated Class 4-5, it was more challenging than other multi-day trips I had done, and I wanted to go with someone who is familiar with the run. The opportunity suddenly came up.

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Nisqually River Clean-up - 2,080 lbs Trash was Collected: April 21

By Greg Provenzano

I wanted to thank you for your support of the Nisqually River Cleanup on Saturday, April 21, 2018 and give you a quick recap of this Event. The river was at a great level, approximately 2180 cubic feet per second (cfs) at McKenna. The weather was fantastic, plenty of sunshine and no rain. More importantly, the volunteer turnout was great!AND 2,080 pounds of trash was collected!

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President: Lynn Paquette
Vice President: Jenefer Monroe
Secretary: Bill Porter
Treasurer: Jackie Brown
Editor: Brenna McVety

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