First Day Paddle

First Day of the New Year Paddle from Ike Kinswa State Park. A 3-mile roundtrip leisure paddle on Lake Mayfield up and down the Tilton River channel starting at the park's day use swim beach. Complimentary kayaks/paddles and PFD’s available thanks to the Boating Program.

Length of Paddle: about 3 miles roundtrip  

Where to Meet: Day use at Ike Kinswa State Park (not the boat launch). There will be signage and ranger staff to greet you. We will launch kayaks/canoes from the beach. 

Is this Paddle for Beginners? Yes. Upon registration staff will send participants a questionnaire to assess experience level and interest.

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate

ADA Accessible? No

Stroller Accessible? No

Are leashed dogs allowed? No

Registration Required: Yes by December 29, 2023. 

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. As of Dec. 26, max registration has been reached, no more registrations will be taken.

Restrictions: Advanced registration is required. Participants will be emailed an Event Participation Waiver and Release Agreement to complete. Registration will close December 24th or sooner if our participation cap has been reached. RESERVATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. Folks will be notified via email or phone the week prior if the paddle event has been canceled due to inclement weather conditions. An alternate hike will be available at the same time and location. We are working in conjunction with the Boating Program and require a minimum of 13 registrants to offer this paddle event. Due to cold water safety, we’re limiting this to ages 11+ accompanied by an adult. For exceptions/if families are experienced on the water, please contact ranger staff in advance. 

Things to bring: Folks who register will have the option to use a kayak, paddles, and PFD during the event- otherwise you are invited to bring your own gear. Everyone will be required to wear a PFD on this paddle. Please ensure you are prepared for cold weather and cold water. Some folks prefer a wetsuit/drysuit, or simply bundle up in lightweight sweat-wicking base layers with warm waterproof layers on top. Hats and gloves encouraged, as well as drinking water, sunglasses (weather dependent) and any other gear you may want. Water-tight phone cases and dry-bags can be helpful if you plan to bring anything along.

Cancellation Information: This is our first time offering a guided paddle adventure, so we’ll see how many folks are interested. We’re monitoring the weather, and we’ll contact folks if water conditions are dangerous/weather is severe and cancelations are necessary. Registered folks are welcome to call/text 360-644-4704 or email with any questions. This paddle event will convert to a guided hike if our registrant minimum requirement of 13 participants is not met.

Description: Come join park staff and the Washington State Parks boating program as we welcome in the New Year with a paddle! We’ll start the day with warm drinks and snacks and hit the water with a quick safety lesson followed by a guided adventure. Starting at day-use we’ll paddle along the forested lakeshore up the Tilton River channel, through the beautiful moss and fern covered canyon to a beach on the other side. This is a roundtrip experience, ending back at day-use. Ranger staff will offer educational moments along the way, and wildlife watching is highly encouraged. This section of the lake/river is calm, without any rapids or navigational challenges. A limited supply of kayaks and lifejackets are available for folks that want to participate but don’t have a boat. A participant waiver and release agreement form will be sent to folks upon registration.  


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Where to Meet: Day use at Ike Kinswa State Park (not the boat launch). There will be signage and ranger staff to greet you. We will launch kayaks/canoes from the swim beach.