Kayak Brinnon offers a variety of educational kayak tours on the Hood Canal. Most tours are led by the owner, former Marine Biologist Christina Maloney. As you paddle along the shoreline of the Hood Canal you will learn about the wildlife and ecology of the Puget Sound and the rivers and estuaries we visit. All tours offer the opportunity to view beautiful scenery and to see seals, eagles and other wildlife. We have a variety of tours to choose from between our 1 hour introductory tour, 2 and 3 hour tours, and our full day Duckabush Estuary Tour. In most cases you can pick your own date and time. Our tours will take you to rocky coves full of marine invertebrates, rivers where salmon spawn, and estuaries teeming with wildlife. Harvesting crab during the tour may also be arranged. Click on each tour title below for prices and details. For larger groups, we also offer guided kayak camping trips.
On our 1 hour Introduction to Kayaking / Paddleboarding Tour, learn how to kayak or paddleboard! Your guide will show you how while you spot wildlife and view beautiful scenery. You also have the opportunity to extend your trip by heading out on your own once you are comfortable paddling.
Not a beginner but still want a short educational tour? This tour can be tailored for anyone. It is popular with families with small children and with folks who just want to relax for an hour. Bald Eagles are a common sight May through June, and on occasion we spot seals and porpoises so bring your camera!
$45 per person.
Our Dosewallips Estuary Tour takes us out of Pleasant Harbor for a 2 hour paddle along the shores of the Hood Canal. We will paddle to the Dosewallips River to view a large colony of harbor seals, bald eagles, and other wildlife. Roosevelt Elk are also sometimes spotted munching on the salty grasses! Your guide will teach you about the wildlife discovered and discuss the ecology of the Hood Canal and the estuary. If conditions are right we’ll paddle up river to explore the fresh water habitat of the Dosewallips River. In the late summer and fall we will watch salmon migrating upriver to spawn.
$79 per person.
On this 3 to 3.5 hour tour you will learn about the Hood Canal with your Marine Biologist or Naturalist guide while we paddle from our location at Yelvik’s Beach to Pulali Point Kayak Park. We will paddle 3 miles one-way while viewing bald eagles, harbor seals, river otters, great blue herons, and exploring rocky coves full of marine invertebrates. Once we reach the beach we will enjoy lunch in the shade, shuck oysters, and take a swim in the warm waters of Hood Canal! The amount of bald eagles in this area during the Spring is astonishing and up close encounters are common.
$85 per person
Our Biologist will guide you on this 4 hour tour that begins at Pleasant Harbor for a paddle around Black Point, continuing to the lower Duckabush River. We will stop for lunch on a scenic beach and your guide will show you how to shuck oysters and then take a swim if it’s warm! We do not provide lunches, so please BYO. Common wildlife to view on this tour includes harbor seals and bald eagles, and in the late summer and fall we’ll also see salmon migrating and spawning in the river. There is a 2 person minimum for this tour unless we have the opportunity to add you to another group. This tour requires planning with the tides so some scheduling flexibility is required.
Groups of 2 to 4 – $115 per person
Groups of 5 to 25 – $95 per person
What To Wear On A Tour
Dress for the weather! If it’s hot bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. If it’s rainy or cool wear a rain jacket, hat, and a pair of water resistant pants. Shoes or sandals that can get wet are recommended. Remember, you’ll be wearing a life vest which adds warmth and bulk so heavy jackets are not recommended. Most of our kayaks have dry hatches so you can always bring a little more than you might need if the weather is unpredictable. We also recommend bringing a bottle of water on all tours especially on hot days. Bring your camera and cell phone at your own risk. Most folks do, and there are rarely problems. We also have some dry bags to lend out but you may need to request one in advance.
Please contact us to make your reservation. 48 hours notice is recommended to schedule a tour.