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Kayak Delivery

Kayak Delivery

Have kayaks delivered to you!

If you choose to rent kayaks for a full day or for multiple days, you can have your kayaks and paddle boards delivered to you! Hood Canal Adventures offers paddle board and kayak delivery service to waterfront vacation homes, beaches, parks, campgrounds and boat launches. You may also pick up your kayaks from our Yelvik’s Beach rental location. We provide complementary straps and cushioning so you may strap kayaks and paddle boards on top of your car or in the bed of your truck if you choose to pick up yourself. Call 360-301-6310 or e-mail us to arrange.

We deliver all around the Hood Canal from Seabeck to Quilcene & Brinnon to Belfair. Delivery rates depend on location but generally run between $45 and $135.

You may also have kayak sized crab pots delivered during crabbing season.

Charges include pick-up and is charged per load, not per kayak. You must be present for delivery and pick-up and be prepared to help unload and load. Delivery to vacation homes is to the front door or driveway. If you need assistance with carrying kayaks down stairs or banks we may able to arrange for an additional staff member to do the heavy lifting for an additional $25 per single kayak, $50 for a tandem / each way.

Kayak Delivery Rates
  • $45 TO BRINNON (SEAL ROCK CAMPGROUND, POINT WHITNEY
    BLACK POINT, PLEASANT HARBOR, TRITON COVE & HOOD CANAL TRACTS)
  • $60 TO GLEN AYR RESORT, LILLIWAUP & ELDON
  • $65 TO HOODSPORT, POTLATCH, QUILCENE & LAKE LELAND
  • $75 TO LAKE CUSHMAN & LAKE KOKANEE
  • $90 TO TOANDOS PENINSULA / COYLE, & UNION
  • $120 TO BELFAIR, DISCOVERY BAY & PORT LUDLOW
  • $135 TO SHELTON, ACADIA & SEABECK (DELIVERY MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE JUNE THROUGH LABOR DAY FOR THESE LOCATIONS)

Hood Canal Adventures’ Store & Office

Hood Canal Adventures’ Store & Office

Welcome to Hood Canal Adventures’ store and office! Our office and outdoor gear and gift shop is located on the south end of the Brinnon Community Center at 306146 Hwy 101 in Brinnon. Come in for tour and kayak rental information, pick up a guidebook or map on local hikes, and shop for your outdoor adventure supplies.  Our store is also where you meet us to begin your scheduled mushroom, plant foraging, waterfall, or Bioluminescent/Night Kayaking tour. 

Kayak rentals are at Yelvik’s Beach 3 miles north at 251 Hjelvicks Rd. However, when the kayak beach is unmanned (often in April, May, September and October) you will need to stop in our office to get an attendant to help you before heading to the beach.

Kid Friendly Activities on the Olympic Peninsula

Kid Friendly Activities on the Olympic Peninsula

The Olympic Peninsula is great place for kid friendly activities. ParentMap Magazine (and kids) visited Kayak Brinnon for our Intro to Kayaking / Wa Wa Point Tour and the kids gave us two big thumbs up! Consequently, ParentMap magazine highly recommended Kayak Brinnon in their June 2016 article Unplugged Summer Fun on the Olympic Peninsula. Below is a link and the full article.

Camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, beachcombing and more low-tech adventures

Nirvana did it. Jay Z did it. Even Alicia Keys did it. So why is it that every time I ask my kids to unplug themselves from a screen, they turn into a pack of wolves? It’s as if they don’t know how to be human without some sort of electrical outlet.

If the thought of enduring another summer filled with beeps, boops and the theme song from Animal Crossing makes you cringe, fear not! For there is a magical place where electronic gadgets will be forgotten, a place where your wolves can howl at the moon and run from vampires. It’s the Olympic Peninsula and it’s amazing.

Camping, fishing, hiking, bird watching, swimming, crabbing, rockhounding, digging huge holes in the sand — you can do all these activities and more on the peninsula. The one thing you might not be able to do is update your social media every two minutes. Not only is Wi-Fi close to nonexistent when you’re deep in the woods, but life moves at a different speed. There simply isn’t enough time in the day to enjoy everything and be glued to a screen.

Tucked away in the northwest corner of the state, the Olympic Peninsula is often overlooked by families because getting there usually involves a ferryboat. But the ferry is a great marker. Once you’re on the other side, you are truly on vacation. Here are three areas to consider for your next unplugged getaway.

For Olympic Peninsula novices: Hood Canal

For a weekend adventure, the west side of Hood Canal is easy to access. Technically a fjord, Hood Canal is the body of water that separates the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas. With calmer waters and millions of tiny inlets, it’s also home to breathtaking views and incredible wildlife.

You can reach Hood Canal in several ways. We usually take the Edmonds/Kingston ferry out to the Kitsap Peninsula, heading west on State Route 104. This will take you across the Hood Canal Bridge and from there, you can connect to U.S. Highway 101 — the famous Olympic Loop Highway.

Heading south on Highway 101, you’ll weave in and out of national forestland. Several Olympic National Forest campgrounds along this stretch (campsites are first come, first served; you can’t reserve sites) can serve as home base for a weekend full of nature. Try Falls View Campground, with a loop trail to the cascading waterfall on the Big Quilcene River; Collins Campground, located in Olympic National Forest on the shores of the Duckabush River; or Seal Rock Campground, located right on Hood Canal.

If you’re looking to reserve a site before you go, try Dosewallips State Park, where you can rent cabins as well as camp right along the river. The day-use park area has a wide, flat beach along the Dosewallips River, perfect for skipping rocks or playing in the sand. Pro tip: Bring a towel and some sandwiches because a short trip down to the beach is never short, or clean. (Nothing says “vacationing with the kids” quite like 37 pounds of sand on the floor of the car.)
Up for more adventure? Go kayaking! Just off Highway 101 in Brinnon, find the little turquoise shack that is home to Kayak Brinnon. Owner Christina Maloney has eight years of experience leading kayak tours. Rent by the hour or go on her educational wildlife tour; either way, be prepared to get blown away by sights of bald eagles, rock crabs in tidal inlets and fish of all sorts — your kids will be talking about it for days. 

Next stop

Sequim : Want to get farther out? Head northwest on Highway 101; about 45 miles from Dosewallips you’ll be in Sequim. Located in what is known as the Olympic rain shadow, Sequim enjoys a drier, brighter climate than the rest of the peninsula. Lavender and U-pick berry farms are plentiful out here and offer a great way to spend a lazy day.

For camping, we love Sequim Bay State Park, a prime spot to hop on the Olympic Discovery Trail, a 130-mile bike path stretching from Port Townsend all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Construction on the trail started in the 1990s and to date, 69 miles of it have been paved. A great starter ride is to cycle 5.9 miles on a section of the trail from Sequim Bay to Railroad Bridge Park on the Dungeness River, where you can skip rocks all afternoon.

A few miles north of Sequim, the Dungeness Recreation Area is a 216-acre county park on the Sound with a popular campsite (you can reserve some sites ahead, some are first-come, first served). Spend a day hiking the world-famous Dungeness Spit, a 5.5-mile stretch of driftwood-strewn beach that “spits” out from the mainland. If you make it all the way to the end, you’ll be rewarded with a free lighthouse tour and very tired children.

Another Sequim highlight is the Olympic Game Farm. A little like a zoo, a little like Disneyland’s Autopia, the game farm is basically a driving tour of animals. Buy a loaf of wheat bread (or three) with your admission and drive (slowly) though herds of llama, elk, bison and other intimidatingly fragrant animals. Watch sibling bonding skyrocket as friendly llamas stick their heads through the backseat windows in search of a tasty treat. You may have to wash bison slobber off the car, but this is one adventure your kids will never forget.

Into the wild

Coast and rainforest For an even more unplugged vacation, keep heading west on Highway 101, circling Olympic National Park. Eventually, you will end up in Forks. Yes, that Forks. More than the fictional home of vampires and Native American werewolves, Forks is a great place to outfit you and your family for a few days of hiking, fishing, whale watching, beachcombing or just hanging out in nature.

Low-tech lodging is plentiful. Bogachiel State Park, 5 miles south of Forks, is a riverside campground at the tip of the Hoh Rain Forest. Fifteen miles northwest of Forks, in the La Push area, Olympic National Park’s Mora Campground is close to stunning Rialto Beach, where you’ll see pelicans swooping and diving over the water. Nearby attractions include Ruby Beach and its millions of stacking stones; First Beach, along the town of La Push; and our favorite, Second Beach. The trailhead for Second Beach can be found off La Push Road, on the Quileute Indian Reservation. It’s about a mile long, well maintained and enchanting.

South of Forks, also within Olympic National Park, the historic Kalaloch Lodge has cabins for rent (with no TV or Wi-Fi), so you can stay on the bluff and wander the stunning beach below (watch out for logs and riptides). There is also an adjacent national park campground.

It’s difficult to imagine anything living up to the beauty of the Washington coast, but that’s because you’re not in Olympic National Park’s Hoh Rain Forest yet. Twenty miles south of Forks on Highway 101, turn down the Upper Hoh Road and start driving back in time — to prehistory. Stop at the national park entrance kiosk to purchase a pass ($20 per car, no fee from Aug. 25–28 for the National Park Service’s centennial) and then head to the Hoh Rain Forest visitor center.
Start your exploration in the Hall of Mosses, a short loop trail that introduces you to mammoth spruce trees, sheets of lichen and ferns so large, it’s almost a letdown not to see dinosaurs crashing around. A small detour from the trail will bring you to the banks of the Hoh River, a perfect stop for lunch and more mucking about.

You won’t find any Creepers or Zombie Pigmen in the Hoh. And texting is difficult when you’re busy making sandcastles. But whether it’s for a night or for a week, exploring the Olympic Peninsula is guaranteed to make memories that last forever, no charging cable required.

Eating your way around the Peninsula

The Halfway House diner, Brinnon: Diner food and delicious pies.

Geoduck Restaurant and Lounge, Brinnon: Burgers and beer star at this friendly spot, which is technically a “biker bar,” but children are allowed in the restaurant and on the deck overlooking Hood Canal.

Gear Head Deli, Quilcene: Fill up on freshly made sandwiches and other tasty eats at this new spot in Quilcene; there’s a small park across the street where wiggly children can run their energy off..

Adagio Bean and Leaf, Sequim: Find premade sandwiches, coffee and ice cream in a space that looks like Hogwarts.

Thriftway, Forks: Pick up last-minute groceries and don’t miss the delicious fried chicken at the deli counter.

Three Rivers Resort Restaurant, La Push: The resort also has a rustic lodge and campground; the restaurant’s shakes and burgers are tasty (try the Werewolf Burger), and no vampires are allowed.

Hard Rain Cafe, Forks: This quirky gift shop cafe at the entrance to the Hoh Rain Forest serves terrific salmon burgers.

More unplugged adventures

The 101 on KOA: OK, so KOA campgrounds do typically have Wi-Fi, as well as other amenities such as hot showers and laundry facilities — some even boast swimming pools and hot tubs! But this makes them ideal for a starter low-tech vacation.

Glamping: If camping is just a little too rustic (as in, you really need a bed), no worries: Cabin-like options abound in some of our state’s prettiest places. Book an unplugged getaway in a yurt on the coast, platform tent in the woods, or cabin near a roaring waterfall.

Big river fun: For the ultimate unplugged summer adventure that young kids and teens alike will adore, book a one-day rafting adventure on rivers such as the Wenatchee (a wide eastern Washington classic) or the Methow (with stunning desert scenery).

June 1, 2016

Hood Canal Lodging and Camping

Hood Canal Lodging and Camping

Hood Canal lodging and camping opportunities are plentiful. Brinnon is nestled between the Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains and hosts travelers from around the world as they explore the Olympic National Park, the Olympic National Forest and our pristine marine areas. Below are links to connect you with lodging and camping options in the immediate area. Kayak and paddleboard delivery is available to most locations.

Camping

Yelvik’s Beach Campground: Waterfront tent and RV camping with fire pits, grills, boat ramp, and kayak rentals. Dry camping – porta potties provided May through October. Yelviks General Store is within walking distance. Call (360) 796-4720 for reservations and details. Yelviks General Store on Facebook.

Seal Rock Campground:This popular waterfront campground has views of the Cascade Mountains and is one of the few U.S. National Forest campgrounds located on salt water with harvestable oysters for public use. Kayak delivery available, see our Seal Rock Campground Rentals page for details.

Dosewallips State Park: Bring your RV or tent, or rent a small sleeping cabin at this beautiful riverside campground.

Collins Campground:Tent and small trailer camping in the rainforest on the banks of the Duckabush River.

Rest-A-While: Waterfront RV and camp spots just north of Hoodsport. Their oyster and clam beach is open to guests too! Kayak / SUP delivery available.

Big Quil River Estates: Cabins and camping on the Big Quilcene River.

Lodging

Vacation Homes on Hood Canal: Choose from cozy cabins by the river to grand waterfront estates on the canal!

Seal Rock House: This beautiful 2 acre property backs the Olympic National Forest and offers 135′ of low bank waterfront with easy access to the beach; a view of Hood Canal and Mt. Rainier; a new 6-person jetted spa on the patio; two large water and mountain view decks; a fire pit and a gas barbecue for your grilling pleasure. Kayak delivery available.

Shep’s Castle:  This two bedroom waterfront cabin is perfect for a small family or just a couple wanting to enjoy the solitude of this lovely home. Kayak / SUP delivery available.

Nature’s Paradise: This Hood Canal vacation rental is a wonder to behold. Near the Olympic National Park and Forest, and overlooking the Dosewallips Estuary, you’ll see native wildlife including eagles, heron, geese, seals, and river otter. Kayak delivery available.

Octopus Hole Beach Cabin: Property is on a cove with 315′ of private beach frontage. Our no-bank pebble beach makes it easy for kayak launching! Rent the 1930’s Beach Cottage next door too for larger groups! Kayak delivery available.

1930’s Beach Cottage: Beautifully restored original 1930’s Studio Cottage. Sleeps 6. Dive, fish, kayak, shuck oysters, crab, clam or just relax. Kayak / SUP delivery available.

Cabin On The Canal: Enjoy spectacular views of the Hood Canal from the deck of this cute waterfront cabin in Brinnon. Kayak delivery available.

Samara Lake House: Lake Cushman home with lake and mountains views, lake access and a huge deck. Guests of this home receive exclusive deals with us including $20 off of kayak and SUP delivery to the home and $5 off each person on any of our kayak tours.

Rest-A-While: Waterfront vacation home just north of Hoodsport. Their oyster and clam beach is open to guests too! Kayak / SUP delivery available.

Interrorem Ranger Cabin: Rustic and historic Ranger Cabin in the Duckabush Valley.

Big Quil River Estates: Cabins and camping on the Big Quilcene River.

Mount Walker Inn: Rustic row cabins in Quilcene. Pet friendly!

Loony Hollow Guest House: One bedroom house in the forest overlooking Dabob Bay.

Get Away @ Pali Kai: Surrounded by 2 acres and 240 feet of Hood Canal waterfront, Pali Kai insulates you from our civilized world. Kayak delivery available.

The Yellow House: In the shadow of the Olympic Mountains, The Yellow House is the perfect destination for groups from 2-18. You will also enjoy snorkeling and swimming to the floating raft or beachcombing and harvesting oysters. Our specialty is large scuba diving groups, but we also are hosting guests for wedding parties and reunions. Kayak / SUP delivery available.

VRBO # 849041: Beautiful large home on the hill near the Olympic National Park, A very private, quiet, and relaxing retreat in the Brinnon area.

Blue Ox: Waterfront home in Hoodsport. Kayak / SUP delivery available.

Eldon House on the Canal: Airy and spacious waterfront home on the Hood Canal. Kayak / SUP delivery to beach next door so you don’t have to lug up and down stairs.

Alice’s Little Beach House: Secluded beach house on the shores of the Hood Canal.

Creekside Inn: Quaint inn near Hoodsport. Pet friendly and great breakfast place next door. (360) 877-9686.

VBRO #384971: Hood Canal waterfront home. Stunning views.

Hood Canal Events Cottages: Whether you want to be waterfront or tucked away in the forest Hood Canal Events has a variety accommodations to choose from.

Seamount Woods Chalet: Views, views, views This quaint cottage in the forest is conveniently located between Brinnon and Hoodsport with stunning views of the Hood Canal!

Kayak Camping

Kayak Camping

Spend a few days on the Hood Canal enjoying this world class outdoor destination and go kayak camping! The Olympic Peninsula and Hood Canal are famous for camping, kayaking, and hiking. Do all three by renting kayaks for multiple days and paddle to a number of waterfront camping spots! Let us help you plan your trip with inside information on the best places to launch and camp, and discuss details such as safety, paddling routes, and what to bring. We can also inform you of emergency egress locations and local hazards, and help you plan around tides and weather. 

You could also have your kayaks delivered to a number of waterfront campgrounds such as Seal Rock Campground. From here you can comfortably car camp and paddle to a different location each day! Call us for details. We are happy to help you plan a trip that best fits your group’s skills and expectations.

Reservations for overnight and multi-day kayak rentals are highly recommended.  See our KAYAK RENTAL pages for rates.

Camping at Broad Spit

Map / Directions

Map / Directions

Hood Canal Adventures’ office and gift shop is located on the south end of the Brinnon Community Center at 306146 Hwy. 101 N., in Brinnon.

Scroll down for directions to kayak rental booth at Yelvik’s Beach

Our kayak rental beach is located at Yelvik’s Beach by the Yelvik’s General Store, 251 Hjelvicks Rd, Brinnon. There is a $5 per car parking and day use fee charged for the private beach and campground facilities which may be paid to our beach attendant with your rental fee.  The driveway to the kayak rental beach is roped off for the security of Yelvik’s Beach campers. It is not meant to keep kayak rental and tour customers from entering. Simply unlatch the rope, drive through, and re-attach behind you.  Please park on the grassy area in front of the kayak rental kiosk.  Do not park in the designated campsites along the waterfront.  Be aware that our store hours may differ from our kayak rental hours. Be safe and have fun!

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Videos

Vedios

See for yourself what to expect with Hood Canal Adventures with these great videos and short clips made by our guides and guests!  Take a guided kayaking adventure or rent kayaks or SUPs to paddle out on your own. Either way you’re sure to have a great time! We also rent kayak crab pots and will provide plenty of tips and guidance before you head out to catch your own Dungeness and Red Rock Crab!

The video above was created by one of our favorite returning customers using his GoPro. Thanks Tam!

River Otters hunting off Pulali Point. Pulali Point Tour August 10, 2016.

Bald Eagles at Dosewallips Estuary – Dosewallips Tour, July 2014.

Another kayak crabbing video by Tam!  Crabbing season in the Hood Canal usually starts in June and runs through August with another opening in December.

Roosevelt Elk at the Dosewallips Estuary – Dosewallips Estuary Tour September 2017.

Hood Canal Wildlife

Hood Canal Wildlife

Hood Canal Adventures specializes in educational wildlife viewing tours, however you’ll also see plenty of wildlife by renting kayaks and exploring on your own. All the wildlife species discussed here can be seen from your kayak while paddling in the immediate area. All photos shown on this page were taken during our tours.

Harbor seal at Dosewallips Estuary.

Harbor Seals

The Dosewallips and Duckabush estuaries and Dabob Bay are home to large colonies of harbor seals. When visiting these areas you’ll find seals hunting in the water, hauled out on the beach, nursing pups, or curiously popping their heads out of the water to keep an eye on you. Harbor seals are a protected species and while visiting these areas you must abide by the Marine Mammal Protection Act which dictates you do not harass, harm or pursue the animals.  Please stay 50 yards away from seals, especially when hauled out and nursing. Before you paddle to these areas we will review with you the rules of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and NOAA  guidelines to minimize your impact on them. Orca, Harbor Porpoise, Humpback whales, Steller Sea Lion, and California Sea Lion have also been spotted on our tours.

Grazing Roosevelt Elk at Dosewallips Estuary

Roosevelt Elk

Roosevelt Elk are a common site in Brinnon are sometimes spotted at the Dosewallips and Duckabush Estuaries from our kayaks. Elk can be dangerous so please take care to view them from a distance.

American Bald Eagle at the Dosewallips Estuary.

American Bald Eagles

This photo of an American Bald Eagle was during our Dosewallips Tour and is a common site on all our tours. They do not seem to be leery of kayakers so you can often view them up close. On several occasions they have snatched fish from the water right in front of our kayaks!

Turkey Vultures at the Dosewallips Estuary.

Turkey Vultures

These giant birds are abundant in the Dosewallips Estuary while salmon are spawning.

Pacific Oysters

Oysters, oysters everywhere! This photo was taken at the Dosewallips Estuary where the water is so clear it seems like you’re flying over the beach! The Hood Canal produces world famous oysters which can be found on almost every beach in the area. Locals and visitors alike enjoy harvesting oysters year round and there are a number of oyster farms that make up a major industry in the area. The Dosewallips and Duckabush tide flats are the most popular areas to find oysters. If you chose to harvest shellfish from our local beaches, you can purchase your shellfish harvesting license and oyster shuckers from the Brinnon General Store. Take our Oysters On The Beach Kayaking Tour to learn how to shuck oysters during our lunch stop.

River Otters

Spotting River Otters is always a special treat. We came across of these otters hunting small fish while on a Lunch In The Wild Kayaking Tour.

Great Blue Heron at Duckabush Estuary.

Great Blue Heron

Standing up to 4 feet tall with a wingspan of over 6 feet, these flying dinosaurs are impressive. Great Blue Herons are a common site while paddling the shorelines of the Hood Canal. This heron was just trying to stay warm on a frigid winter day at the Duckabush Estuary.

Sunflower star on the rocky shore of Pulali Point.

Marine Invertebrates

You may see many types of marine invertebrates including Sunflower Stars (photo), Purple Ochre sea stars, Kelp crab, chiton, shore crabs, nudibranchs, mussels, jelly fish and more. Join us on our Tide Pool Kayaking Tour for an educational guided tour at low tide!

Things To Do In Brinnon

Things To Do In Brinnon

Things to do in Brinnon – Brinnon is located on the Hood Canal less than one hour from Port Townsend, Sequim, Poulsbo, and Hoodsport on the eastern coast of the Olympic Peninsula. In addition to kayaking, Brinnon and the Hood Canal area in general, offer endless opportunities to experience world class outdoor activities. Brinnon offers great opportunities for wildlife viewing; hiking; camping; backpacking; diving; viewing natural scenery and waterfalls; fishing; and shellfish gathering. Here we provide you with information on how to access some of these activities. If you would like additional information or need trip planning help please feel free to contact us. We are happy to assist you with making your visit unforgettable. See our Hood Canal Lodging and Camping page if your looking for a place to stay.

View our 2 large colonies of harbor seals from the Duckabush and Dosewallips Estuaries.

Wildlife Viewing

The best chance you’ll have to view wildlife is by taking an educational kayak tour with our Marine Biologist Guide. Our guide will take you to the best wildlife viewing areas and can point out wildlife easily missed by the untrained eye. Roosevelt Elk are often seen in the Dosewallips State Park and an amazing variety of wildlife can often be viewed from the deck of the Geoduck Tavern. Ask your server for binoculars! For detailed information on some wildlife you may see in the area, visit our Local Wildlife page.

Rocky Brook Falls.

Scenery and Waterfall Viewing

Brinnon is situated between the Olympic Mountains and the Hood Canal, so beautiful scenery is abundant. We cannot give an exhaustive list of scenic places, but we can recommend a few not to be missed. Rocky Brook Falls is only 3 miles from downtown Brinnon up Dosewallips Road, and is easily accessible. We also recommend driving or hiking up Mount Walker. On a clear day you can see down the Hood Canal, view Mt. Baker; Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Range, and even see Canada! For detailed information and directions visit the USFS Hood Canal Ranger District Office in Quilcene.

Whitney Gardens

Whitney Gardens is always nice to visit but our favorite time is in May, right around Mother’s Day. At this time the Rhododendrons and Azaleas are in full bloom and the gardens are just magical!

Murhut Falls Trail

Hiking, Backpacking & Camping

Brinnon provides exceptional opportunities for hiking, backpacking and camping. We can’t provide an exhaustive list here but some of our favorite day hikes include Murhut Falls, Falls View Canyon, and Elkhorn. There are a number of campgrounds in Brinnon including Dosewallips State Park, Collins Campground, Seal Rock Campground, and Yelvik’s Beach. We are happy to provide you with tips and advice on trails and campgrounds. You may also visit or contact the USFS Hood Canal Ranger District for detailed information.

Check our helpful links page for more trip planning help.

Kayaking With Dogs

Kayaking With Dogs

Kayak Brinnon loves kayaking with dogs!

Kayaking with dogs at Kayak Brinnon is not only allowed, but encouraged! You don’t need to leave your pup at home because Kayak Brinnon is dog friendly! Big or small, dogs are allowed in our boats at your own risk. If you would like to bring your 4 legged loved one we recommend that your dog has some experience with boats or water and we recommend that you bring a life vest for your dog. Also remember to bring plenty of water for both you and your pup.

Paddling with pups!

Kayaking With Kids

Kayaking With Kids

Kayaking with kids is a breeze at Kayak Brinnon! We have life vests for infants, toddlers and children weighing 30 pounds and up. Our tandem kayaks can be made into triple kayaks by inserting a child seat. These child seats generally fit kids between 1 and 4 years of age, and some small 5 year olds. There is no extra charge for these seats so your small child rides for FREE for both rentals and tours! For kids a little older you can rent a tandem kayak with an adult paddling from the back seat. We’ve had children as young as 7 years old paddle their own single kayak as well, but this all depends on the child and parent’s comfort and the child’s capabilities.

Summer water conditions are usually calm and glassy, and surface waters in the Hood Canal reach 73ºF in the summer. We feel this is the safest and most beautiful kayaking on the Puget Sound so don’t be afraid to bring the kids. Our location at Yelvik’s Beach is also a popular swimming spot so bring the water wings and a beach blanket and spend the day!

For an educational experience book an educational kayak tour to learn about the Hood Canal and the wildlife we will encounter along the way. Our Introduction to Kayaking Tour is especially popular with young children, and being surrounded by harbor seals on our Dosewallips Tour is an unforgettable experience for kids and adults alike.

Kayak Brinnon was recommended by ParentMap Magazine in this 2016 article entitled Unplugged Summer Fun on the Olympic Peninsula. The article is also rich in other kid friendly activities to do while visiting the area.

Yelvik’s Beach

Yelvik’s Beach

Hood Canal Adventures’ kayak launch and rental beach is located on the shores of the Hood Canal at Yelvik’s Beach, 251 Hjelvicks Rd & Highway 101 in Brinnon next to Yelviks General Store.

There is a Day Pass / Parking fee charged for use of the facilities at $5 per car. This fee will be charged at check out with our beach attendant. Please contact Yelviks General Store for questions concerning camping, events or their store at 360-796-4720. You may also contact them via their Facebook Page.

Where To Paddle From The Beach

From our location at Yelvik’s Beach there are many nearby paddling destinations to visit including the Dosewallips Estuary, Dabob Day, Jackson Cove and Pulali Point. Kayak-in camping spots are also nearby. We will help you pick a route based on your skill, time frame, and interests.

We invite you to join us for fun on the water, and to explore this world class destination, on the Olympic Peninsula’s Hood Canal.

Yelvik’s Beach – A popular swimming, boating and camping spot!

Bring your swim suit, lunch and the pups and enjoy beautiful Yelvik’s Beach!

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