Bellingham Traverse


BT_kayak_no_milTour on Bellingham Bay (3.6 mi.)

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Start at Marine Park and head out into Bellingham Bay around the Fairhaven Shipyards and Alaska Ferry Terminal. Aim for the red R4 Starr Rock buoy. There will be a Traverse Sailboat anchored to give you a waypoint to head towards. Come around the buoy and turn South to the set of pilings off of Taylor Street dock. After you circle the dock, turn North and head past Boulevard Park to Cornwall Beach.

NOTE: All boats must be in the water by 4:30 pm.
Soloists: You must be in the water by 4:30 pm. Period.
Teams: If your teammate from the Trail Run is not there by 4:30- the paddler starts the leg.

Foul Weather Conditions:
Our Traverse Water CREW makes the decision of the conditions at 1:30pm. If the conditions warrant, we will switch to the SHORT COURSE (shown on the map in grey).

If the conditions are unsafe, we will cancel the leg completely. In this case, the TRAIL RUN will be re-routed to run from the Fairhaven Transition, along the Greenways Course to Cornwall Beach where you will meet your team to complete the FINAL TEAM TREK to Boundary!!

Ken Mann

View Photo Gallery of the Paddle Course

WARNING: You must be a self-sufficient paddler. Please have the correct equipment and knowledge of a self-rescue. We will have our Traverse Safety CREW out there to help if you need it.

If you need help raise your paddle over your head and wave it in a circle and blow your required whistle.

(Est. time 50 min for the full course & 25 min for the short course.)

You must pick-up your kayak by 5:30pm (so our volunteers can join the party)

Kayak, Canoe, SUP… (you get the idea)
Bilge pump

Thank you to the Community Boating Center and US Coast Guard Auxiliary – Floatilla 11- Bellingham, WA for providing safety support.



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